Fool O’Clock – Part 2

Part 1 is here. When I get to the office, the Director is annoyed that I did an unauthorized handle on my own. She doesn’t care that the fool got dealt, but the clean up with the metro cops meant I was late to another sector meeting. The woman lives for deskwork and can’t for…

Short Story Anthologies, Coming Soon!

Panthera Press will be releasing two short story anthologies in early 2018. One contains 11 general literary fiction short stories and novelettes, and the other is 8 stories in the fantasy and science fiction genres. Look out for them!

Roxx Reduxx

In the coming months, I will be re-releasing all of my old novels, starting with my Sci-Fi adventure, Hard as Roxx. All of them have been revised. Roxx, like the others, have had their prose tightened, with the opening retooled substantially. Unlike the other older books, Roxx’s story is slightly longer, rather than shorter, as…

The McKinney Women

I’ve begun editing my novela-turned-novel, The Stubborn Life of Jesse Ed McKinney III. Part of that effort is deciding where the chapter breaks go, since I originally wrote it as a single piece of “short” fiction (47,000 words long). Editing is both a daunting process and my favorite step, at least this, the substantive editing…

The Little Burgundy

Those of you who know me from my photography know that I’ve not been around much. That’s in part because I mostly post photos to my 500px account, but its more because I’ve been busy getting back into the swing of publishing my books. Since I pulled all of my books from sale around three…

Beyonder, An Excerpt

So, I’m back to selling books. Long story short, I pulled all of my books from sale a few years back because although they were well-received with good reviews, 1) I didn’t have any time to market them, and sales had dwindled to nothing and 2) My writing style and focus changed. Fast-forward to early…

Excerpt from Awakening

Here’s a quick excerpt from Awakening, in Chapter 22, “Henchen Henceforth Penchen.” The chapter’s title is the name of a pet rooster, named after my mom’s own pet rooster from her childhood. Fortunately, her childhood was different from my characters’. The family stopped at a dingy, little shop off the main highway to pick up…

Writing in Layers

Probably the most significant thing I’ve learned about the process of writing fiction is to learn how to paint. No, I’m not talking about painting with oils or acrylics–I’m referring to painting with lyrical brushstrokes. Getting the story down is much like laying the foundation layers of a painting. It doesn’t matter if you do…

Dragon Quest

From Discovery. Charlie awoke to a damp, cool morning. He was lying on the frosted grass of a plateau, overlooking a series of rambling hills that curved into the distance. A deep pass, once a river, carved its way through the base of the mountains. Over untold millennia, the river had deepened the valley and…

Good Morning Is an Oxymoron

I awoke this morning in the midst of one of my many dreams wherein I need to use a bathroom and cannot find them. Unlike most such mornings, I didn’t actually have to go. It was my subconscious’ idea of a joke. However, it did remind me of the opening to my 1st book, Discovery,…

Thankful and Giving

This week kicks off the start of the holiday season, particularly here in the U.S., with our Thanksgiving on Thursday. But we must remember that the holidays are about more than sharing feasts with family, or even gift giving. It is an opportunity for each of us to reach out beyond ourselves. It is a…

Falling, Part 3

Part 2 Here is the conclusion to Chapter 13 of Emprise. If you like it, you might like the rest. The entire book is meant to read like whispered promises, like kisses, like lyrics sung by a lover, the universe, or God. You don’t have to believe in a God or something beyond the mundane…