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Adventure in Flash

Follow my new flash serial, Marsh Detective Agency at my adventure sight, Flash fiction in a cyber-noir setting!

Blood Clots & NaNoWriMo

So, a stroke in December 2019. THAT was totally unexpected. It wasn’t from cardiovascular disease, that’s the good news, it was a blood clot formed by a heart arrhythmia. 🤔

Just now regaining any semblance of typing skill (kind of a slow go) so I’m heading into NaNoWriMo with the hope of a finished draft of “Stone of Power.”

2020 truly sucks. Except that I’m still alive. Left side problems, but I walked away with more good than bad.

A Life To Live

It’s important to know who you are, and that’s the rub for folks like me who have way too many interests. At least that’s how it appears until you realize that what you do is not who you are. Read more…

Resurrected. Me, that is!

Im back in the world after dying the death of PTSD. The bad thing about mental illness is that you aren’t aware, so often of the passing of time. A loving wife and excellent therapeutic care brought me through some tough ground, but I’ve come out the other side writing and determined to press on!

Farewell, My Fascinating Friend

I’ve had to wait to write this post, because the wounds are still fresh, and I know that it is disconnected, and rambles and doesn’t do my thoughts justice. It seems silly, in a way, to be so moved by the death of an actor, but the influence of Leonard Nimoy on my life is second only to that of his incredible portrayal of Mr. Spock in Star Trek: The Original Series. It sounds odd to me to have to give those references, but I understand that there are two or three people out there who aren’t familiar with the man or his work, so there it is. Now, you’re informed.

I grew up with Nimoy, or more correctly, Mr. Spock, and he shaped my earliest thoughts on life, the universe, and everything (nod to Mr. Douglas.) What do you say when you’ve lost a life-long, childhood friend? How can any eulogy be sufficient? Read more…

Retro Reads #3 – Great Sci-Fi From the Golden Years

Here is the third list of some of the speculative fiction from the golden era, books that have remained classics throughout the years.  It’s not hard to find good science fiction, but there are certain works that we should read or re-read to remind ourselves of the stories that sparked our own desire to write about an imagined future that holds a place in our hearts.  This will be an ongoing series of posts that will spotlight books that influenced the development of thought during my formative years.  There is nothing magical about this list, it is nothing more than a compilation of my own personal tastes.  I hope you find something that piques your interest.  Here’s a smattering of Arthur C. Clarke. Read more…

Writer vs Author

There is a difference between being a writer and an author. This may not seem noteworthy to some, but to me it makes a necessary distinction. Writing is a literary pursuit; authoring is genre grounded. Now, what does that mean? Read more…

Writing as a Reader

I come to genre writing as a reader; much the same as a musician who comes to composing as a listener. Craft is a necessity to grant the tools used to write what sounds good; what moves the story; what evokes the listener’s emotion; what fits the ear’s expectation. Craft does not drive, it enables, and this fits into my assertion that authors and writers fulfill similar roles, but use very different methods to bring about results. More on that in an upcoming post, but I’ve chewed on that identity schism, and I think it rings true enough, at least for me. Read more…

Why My Dragons Aren’t Nice

I’ve noticed two distinct types of dragons in fantasy literature. The first is an evil, demonized creature that must be defeated to save the kingdom. This beast breathes fire and destroys villages before making off with the sheep. The second is the benevolent dragon that is a companion to the hero and often attached by some sort of bond that links dragon and protagonist/rider. It gets scratched behind the ear by small children and purrs in the presence of old women. In my series, Ashandor Chronicles, I write about a dragon that has a deep bond with its rider, but still retains the base instincts of a dangerous predator. I’ll take a moment to explain why I chose to break away from the normal tropes. Read more…

That’s Why It’s Called a Cliffhanger

A reviewer wrote that the end of The One Rider made her angry, because I left too many plot-lines open that would need to be resolved in Stone of Power. While that may, at first reading, seem like a negative comment, I take it mean that I’m doing my job as an author of serialized fiction. While book-length plot-points should have a level of resolution, I want readers to “need” Stone of Power, not just “want” it. It’s this “need-building” that keeps a series moving forward. The cliffhanger has been an integral part of serials since the old days of Saturday Matinees featuring Buck Rogers, Commander Cody, and Flash Gordon. I know. I was there, and always convinced to “tune in next week” because my hero was hanging from a cliff, hence the term “cliff-hanger.” Let’s take a look at this literary technique and some of its most celebrated users. Read more…