Experts Say Oklahomans Will Vote Republican By Default


Today is the Republican and Democratic primary across Oklahoma, but experts think Oklahomans will vote straight party Republican by default in November.  Researchers and political scientists at the University of Phoenix have come to the conclusion that Oklahoma should probably have a machine at polling stations that simply votes straight party Republican when each citizen … Continue reading

The Truth About Janet Barresi


Next Tuesday Oklahoma Republicans will go to the polls to vote in a primary election.  On the ballot is current state superintendent Janet Barresi, who, as her LinkedIn account shows, has exactly a year and 10 months experience in public schools as a speech pathologist.  She is the only candidate on the ballot who has little … Continue reading

A Lesson About Forgiveness


I went to church camp with my two oldest kids last week which is the reason I didn’t post on the blog at all.  Today I am in Louisville, Kentucky at the AP Reader Conference where I’m reading AP essay after AP essay, grading each one and trying not to lose my vision (It’s really … Continue reading

5 Tips To Hook Readers With Characterization


One of the biggest problems I have when reading a book is that if the characterization is flat I will soon find myself wandering away from the book to doing other things.  This is not due to my tendency to write every day no matter the circumstances, but actually lies in the strength of the … Continue reading

New Podcast Up: DIY Books and Episode 7


In this podcast, Ryan and I discuss the question: “How much of your novel (besides writing it of course) should you hire out and how much should you do yourself?” We both have much experience on either end of this and want to share what we have learned about hiring people and doing our own publicity, book covers, … Continue reading

Last Day of School: A Summer to Write


One of the few perks of being a public school teacher in Oklahoma is summer vacation.  I have a routine that I go through to unwind from the busy schedule of teaching high school students.  It follows: Read The Lord of the Rings. Go swimming with my children. Start working on a new writing project. This … Continue reading