Getting There

Happy Spring, Everyone!

So last week I took some time off with my wife, who was having a spring break at work. It was relaxing, and fun, and we enjoyed our extra time together. And then reality set in, and I was a little sad on Sunday because I knew Monday morning would come soon and we’d be apart during the work day.

So this week I’ve been back to work on my work in progress, and it seems to be coming along well. I’m getting to that point where I’m ready for this thing to end, but excited at the ending I’ve come up with and wanting to really concentrate on making sure it is right. I’m right there, probably 7-8000 words away at most. I’m both sad and happy that this one is ending. Kind of sad because it will probably be the final chapter of the Non-Vampire series. I don’t know if I’m ready to let go of Brynne and Jess yet, but it seems like where things are.

But I’m happy to end this book and get started on the next, which I’m pretty sure will have a transgender main character. There is still an outside chance I could change my mind and write the story idea I have with the girl living in her car.

It’s probably going to be the one with the trans character.

I’m also closing in on releasing book two of Freedom’s Fate. The artwork for the cover is nearly done, and I like what the artist did with it. Once that is finished up, and my current draft of my work in progress is done, I’ll go back through that one and make sure I’m ready to release it to the world. If so, it’ll go on a Kindle Scout campaign, then released when that is done. I’m just assuming here that my Scout won’t be chosen, but it is a good advertising platform for a new book anyway, and there’s always a tiny outside chance.

So yeah, two books nearly ready to go, another about to be started. It’s looking to be a good 2018 for my writing.

I just want to take a moment here to say that I am 100%, completely, beyond a doubt in support of the students who walked out of class to protest gun violence in this country. And I completely support the marches that will be taking place across Washing D.C. and across the country this weekend.

We have to stop these shootings.

Arming teachers is not the answer.

More guns doesn’t stop anything.

And the argument that an active shooter will never enter a school because they’ll be too afraid is a bunch of crap. It just is.

Keep protesting, young people. Keep fighting for your right to sit safely in a school and learn about chemistry and math instead of how to hide in a closet if a shooter comes. Keep marching until people my age and older all get the message and actual do something, instead of just offering “thoughts and prayers” in the aftermath.

Work In Progress/Wonderful Week For Eagles Fans

Hey everyone!

Well, not eve… oh wait, I did that in the last post.


My work in progress is coming along. I’m getting excited about it again, and that’s a great thing. At times my excitement has flailed about on this project. I’m always more excited when creating something new. For a while now I’ve just been getting all the actors in place so the scenes can take place, but now… now we have scenes, and it’s so wonderful to finally get here!

This week I added another new creature. This makes two now that did not previously exist in the Non-Vampire series universe, and I’m excited about it. I like adding new creatures, I just don’t want to make them too magical. I like to take existing creatures and monsters and sort of de-magicize them, basing as much of the creature as possible on at least a theoretically believable science. It doesn’t have to really be possible, but I would like if my creatures weren’t just the kind that could go “poof” and be able to kill someone or make lightning shoot out of thin air. The point of this ramble, and I guess it kind of has been a ramble, is that I try to limit the magic as much as possible. I don’t like it in books when all problems are caused and fixed by magic. It can work sometimes (Harry Potter, for example), most of the time it just doesn’t work for me.

So no magic wands in my books*

I want soooooo badly to talk about the new creatures, but I don’t want to spoil things. Ugh. But one was based on English folklore and the other on Greek mythology. That’s all I’m giving you for now.

Hm, what else happened this week?

What could possibly have happened that I can mention?

I just… I don’t know.

Oh wait,

There is the fact that THE PHILADELPHIA EAGLES WON THE SUPERBOWL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ok, sorry I shouted there. It’s just that I’ve been an Eagles fan since forever. I literally was still in elementary school when I started rooting for them. That’s a long stinkin’ time, okay! And in all that time, in those ***censored*** years, I’ve never once had a chance to say that my team is the champs. And believe me, there were a few things that made this one extra special. It was against the same team that took away their chance last time, for instance. Same quarterback, even. It came when the Eagles were massive underdogs. It comes at the expense of the GOAT. There’s so many other reasons this is special, but I am not going to outline them. Us Eagles fans finally got our trophy, though, and that’s what is important.

If you’re a Patriots fan, I sympathize. I’ve been on that end. But hey, you’ve had your wins lately. It was our turn.

I have to get back to writing.

Everyone have a wonderful week!

*Okay, so there could possibly be a magic wand in the future. I make no definitive declaration that I will never have a book with magicians and witches in it, just not for now. Also, no disrespect to the thousands of other magical books, because some are really quite good.

Eagles In The Superbowl!


So first of all I have to remind everyone here that I have been a Philadelphia Eagles fan for at least ***censored*** years. This is only the second time I’ve had a chance to celebrate this particular milestone for the team I root for, so just give me this chance okay? I know some of you get to cheer for your team almost every year (and those of you who have that chance are so going down this year!), but most of us fans out here in the world only rarely get the chance, if ever. It’s a nice experience.

I know that this probably isn’t the most expected team for someone who lives in Kansas City to root for, especially given that we have our own team here, but I didn’t always live here. Yes, I’ve always lived within about a hundred miles or so, but still… I wasn’t required to be a Chiefs fan back then. So now I have two teams I root for, one in the AFC and one in the NFC. I really wanted a Chiefs vs. Eagles Superbowl, but it just didn’t turn out that way.

So yeah, this has happened before. It was only a few years ago that these two teams met up in this same game. That one didn’t go so well. This one… we’ll see. I’m going Eagles all the way.

Of course I am.

But I have a good feeling about this one. Nick Foles needs to play the game he did against the Vikings, sure. And the Eagles D needs to step up and do their part. The coaches and players must not back off at all when they get the lead. But they can do it. And they will do it.

How many of you out there are sick of hearing that Tom Brady is the GOAT? Greatest of all time. Puh! Bring it, Tommy!

These Eagles are GOAT slayers!

My prediction:

Philadelphia Eagles 29 – New England Patriots 17

Have a great weekend everyone!