Epic Advice from Chuck Wendig on Creating Things and Self Doubt.

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Saw this on Twitter and had to share for those of you who either aren’t on twitter or would not be following Chuck Wendig if you were.  All credit to Chuck for his thoughts on creativity and self doubt, and this is a must read for you creative types out there.

(sorry for duplication but he replied to each tweet, so that seems to be how the embeds work.)

Ed Note:  New favorite word that I want to work into everyday conversation:  –
py·ro·clas·tic ˌpīrōˈklastik/ GEOLOGY adjective relating to, consisting of, or denoting fragments of rock erupted by a volcano.

Good advice.  Nothing for me to add.

Well except that when it comes to D & D, or any role playing game, I always bring the rope.

Interesting Podcast about Publishing with Brent Weeks

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Over on the Introverted Indie Author Podcast there is an interview with Brent Weeks, author of the Night Angel and Light Bringer Series.  Brent is a great author and has a history of doing funny things on book tour.  For example, he once did a reading of a new chapter for an “Up Coming” book in a series where he killed a major character.  It was completely fake, but he swore the audience to silence so he could get the next group.  For his next tour he did a “Choose Your Own Adventure” reading set in his Night Angel world that was fantastic.  That was on YouTube here.

The interview is conducted by Michael J. Sanford who is an Indie Author (hence the name of his Podcast) and covers the publishing industry from both an Indie and Traditional Publishing perspective.  It’s a good short listen and I was intrigued listening to these two authors discuss their different experiences.

Also worth checking out Mr. Sanford’s work here.

Brent Weeks lives on the Web here.  If you like fantasy, his work is a top suggestion from me!

Free Promotion!

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I am running a quick promotion on Amazon and “Contact” will be absolutely free of charge through Saturday 9/24!  Hit the link below and pick it up before the price goes back up.


I only ask that if you enjoyed it, please add a quick review with your thoughts on Amazon or Goodreads.

Get “Contact” for free here.

Thanks, and have a nice day!

Exciting News about “47 Seconds”

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I am beyond excited to announce that TANSTAAFL Press has accepted my short story “47 Seconds” for their “Enter the Apocalypse” trilogy of anthologies!


Here is more information about the series from TANSTAAFL Press:

The first book in the anthology series will be Enter the Apocalypse. This will be devoted to apocalypses just starting.

The second book in the series will be “Enter the Aftermath.” This will be devoted to the height or burnout of an apocalypse.

The final book in this series will be “Enter the Rebirth.” What is the new normal after the apocalypse is over.

Looks like a very interesting series and I am intrigued to see how “47 Seconds” fits in.

At its core it is a story about the value of time in the extreme setting of the apocalypse. Apocalyptic fiction often deals with the lack of resources like food, energy, water, medicine, and/or security. These are all things that we take for granted today. The idea behind “47 Seconds” was to take something we value today, something we constantly want more of, but that is truly finite, and consider it in the same way. So what if you only had 47 seconds to save everyone that you loved? Could you do it?

So there it is, “47 Seconds” will appear in the third installment “Enter the Rebirth”, due out next summer from TANSTAAFL Press.

For more information about the series hit up their website:


I am sure there will be more information as we get closer to publication, so stay tuned!


Please Stand By – Announcement coming Soon

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I have some news to share soon about “47 Seconds”, a Short story I wrote about the value of the time in the Apocalypse.  (It also has really cool robots!)


Stay Tuned!

Connect 2.0, and Other Worlds

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Connect 2_0

Well, that took longer than expected!

As you know, (since I know you follow this little blog religiously) I have been doing some editing.  I finished up Contact a few (ed. several) weeks ago.  So when that was done I turned my sites on Connect.  Same process.  I used the Hemingway App which helps to focus on readability.  I found it helpful to tighten things up a lot.  New version is posted to Kindle and Smashwords will follow soon after I get the reformatted version through the Meatgrinder.  (Seriously that is the name of Smashwords’ program that converts the files to ePub, Mobi etc.)

At this point though now I have to swear off of that stuff.  You can easily turn into George Lucas and keep going back and revising, re-editing, r-writing.  And we all know how that goes.  I am better writer now than I was when I first typed out

No one knew what had happened to the world Before.

Or why.

Or how.

Only that what had been Before was now gone and all that was left was After.

Of course, none of that was Mason’s concern at this moment.

But that doesn’t mean I should be rewriting the book.

Time to move on to some new things.  I will be posting a short story I wrote called “47 Seconds” in this space soon.  After that I have work to do on Conflict, the Mason Chronicles Part III  (Gasp! Spoiler alert!) and I think I have several other good short stories to be told. I want to branch out of the world of After, so expect to see some other places and faces.

Go Then

Good advice, me thinks!

Contact version 2.0

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If you follow me on Twitter you may have noticed that I have doing some edits…

2-18-2016 10-11-50 AMWell I survived and I am pleased to announce that a newly edited version of “Contact, The Mason Chronicles Part I” is now available on Amazon and Smashwords!

So far I have been doing most of my writing without a good editor who doesn’t have the same name as I do.  Editor’s cost money and so far I have been hedging on investing too much in this little hobby of mine.

I still don’t have an editor, but I found a nice option that I think helped me tune up the prose.  I used the Hemingway Editor app in this revision.  It’s a simple tool and it basically scans your text and flags various things for your consideration.  Think of it like Spelling and Grammar check in Word, but where it focuses on things that make it hard to read.  So it color codes sentences that may be Hard or Very Hard to read and it gives you counts on usage of Adverbs and Passive Voice.  It also points out any place that there is a Simpler Alternative to what you wrote.  By no means is it a replacement for a true editor, but I found it helped me zero in on sections of my writing that were not user friendly.  A lot of my writing came up as Hard to read.  Mostly it was because of complex sentences with lots of “and” usage that merged a few ideas together which in turn made the prose less concise and a lot less tight and readable.  Kind of like that last sentence.  See what I did there?

So I pushed the edited versions out and now new readers will hopefully find Contact much more enjoyable and easy to read.  Also if you want to see the difference, I would suggest re-reading the first chapter.  That had a lot of edits.  Makes sense because it was the first one I wrote and I was trying to introduce a lot of complex ideas.  As I made my way through the edits I clearly improved and found a lot less edits were required.  So reading Chapter 1 – Tank, should you give you a good idea of the improvements.

No I don’t expect anyone to re read the book, this was more for new readers.

So there it is, I am working on Connect now and will let you all know how that goes.