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…

Remembering, Final Part

Part 2 Buy the Book or Kindle Ebook   My People grow stronger with the work. We are lazy, the herders say. We do not pull out enough of the green stones. Daily, we take their beatings – some to the death. Three thousand, eight hundred twenty-seven are left. None of us will defile the white rocks for…

Remembering, Part 2

Read Part 1 Buy the Book or Kindle Ebook I have taken a mate. There must be life, I have decided. I am now content with the responsibility of remembering, and our numbers have stabilized. If I perish – the fates being kind – perhaps my sons will take my place. She is called Krytay,…

Rise

Every winter’s morn, the sunlight would kiss me awake, daring to trespass via my sheer curtains. This morning, however, I awoke to my wife’s kisses – tracing my ear, along my jawline, to my neck. It was she who chose the curtains, and now I began to wonder if she’d conspired with the sun to…

Of Race and Character

I’ve been reading articles all afternoon on the dearth of minority characters in books. I find that amusing, as I’ve written 4 books and a short story collection rife with minority (and non-minority) characters. Rather, I think, the articles should consider why books with minority characters don’t garner anyone’s attention. I remember reading the horrified…

Begin the Emprise

I will be making my 3rd novel, Emprise, free for the Kindle for 3 days, starting at midnight Pacific time on Monday, April 29, 2013. The goal is to start generating some buzz, or at least reviews. The first two books were well-received, but I’ve gotten no reviews on this one. In my opinion, it…

Emprise – Chapter 13: “Hitchcock Would Be Thrilled”

Because I think it’s a fun book, and I know you haven’t read it, here’s (randomly) Chapter 13 of Emprise, the 3rd book in the Stream series. This is a standalone story (as are they all) and doesn’t require you’ve read any of the others. I DETEST serials, cliffhangers and other such devices. The chapter…