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School Begins and Writing Continues

School Begins and Writing Continues


Today I am attending yet another in-service meeting to begin the teaching year and I’m completely ready to start the year.  It looks like a good year this year even though our legislature is populated with tons of anti-education dogs, our governor thinks we are all slugs, and money is (as always) tight. Of course … Continue reading

Writers Need a Vacation, Not A Trip


    I recently returned from Albion, Indiana where I visited my wife’s brother and his six children.  We had made the 16 hour drive from Oklahoma because my wife’s brother, his wife and his two oldest children went on a mission trip to Panama and needed my wife’s Dad to watch the house and … Continue reading

New Podcast Up: Road to Memphis Part 2


In this special episode (try to ignore the road noise in the background) Ryan and I discuss our trip to Memphis, Tennessee and how one trip to Sun Studio and the origin story of how Elvis Presley almost didn’t record “That’s All Right” spoke to the novelist in both of us. We recount the story of … Continue reading

New Podcast Up: Road to Memphis Part One


In this special episode (excuse the road noise) Ryan and I decide to go to Memphis Tennesee on a road trip. On the way there we discuss the stories we leave behind. What stories have you started but never finished or had to abandon simply because they didn’t work? What do those abandoned stories teach us? We also … Continue reading

3 Writing Rules to Enthrall the Modern Reader


So you’ve written the great American novel… or the next great British novel.  I suppose congratulations are in order.  You have indeed accomplished a grand feat.  Most people who call themselves writers are sitting around dreaming about writing something so grand. Now what? I have edited several novels over the course of my career, and … Continue reading

A Whopping 5 Copies!


I looked at my sales report for the month of April, and discovered that I had actually sold 5 print editions of my two new novels combined. One could become very depressed about that, spiraling down into a pit of deep despair until Prince Humperdink sets the “machine” to 50 out of rage. Yet I … Continue reading

My Book Featured On Ebook Soda


My book is being featured today at eBookSoda, a new readers’ site where they send ebook recommendations tailored to reader’s tastes.  It is an e-book listing site that lists books that are on sale.  Come Apart is on Kindle for $2.99, which is a small price to pay for the high quality science fiction mystery that it … Continue reading

Free Kindle Giveaway: Wrap Up


According to KDP, I gave away 201 copies of my new novel Come Apart during my free giveaway last week.  I reached this amount by doing the following things: Listed the free book on several free book listing sites.  Find it here.  Just scroll to the bottom of the page, click on the links and list … Continue reading