Facing Your Fear

leap of faith Well, it’s been a little over three months since I published my first novel. Before releasing my book, I was so afraid of so many things. I was afraid of tackling the entire project by myself (the cover, the formatting, the editing, the marketing). I was afraid of making some huge mistake that I could never recover from. I was afraid there would be reviewers waiting to shred my book to pieces.

You know what I’ve encountered? Continue reading

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  • My Brain is like Minecraft

    Minecraft block Hi there! It’s been a while. I know I haven’t been blogging much and, there’s a reason for that. A few reasons actually, and I’ll use this post to try to explain. Bear with me, I have a nine-year-old so most of our conversations have to do with Star Wars, Minecraft, Lego sets, and the importance of personal hygiene. I also have a two-year-old and, while quite verbose for a two-year-old, I can’t say we’ve been having too many conversations about philosophy and the meaning of life.

    So, those of you who know me well know that almost three years ago now… Continue reading

  • Empyrean, A Science Fiction Adventure, is Now Available in E-book and Paperback!

    EMPYREANBOOKCOVERI can’t think of a better way to start the new year than with the release of my first science fiction novel. Empyrean is now available in e-book and paperback! Here is the link: Empyrean on Amazon
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  • Fairy Tale Redux: A Short Story is now Live!

    Fairy Tale Cover PhotoWell, I did it. I published a story.

    It’s a short story, and some of you have already read it, but I wanted to get some practice with the amazon publishing program and see how it went before I publish my first full-length novel.

    This is a modern day version of the classic Snow White fairy tale. I originally wrote this as part of a Friday Fiction series here on my blog. I made a few minor changes to the story before publication and I removed the story from my blog to make sure I was in compliance with the amazon terms and conditions.

    If you’re interested in reading it, you can either purchase the story on amazon for $2.99 or you can borrow it for free! Here’s the link to the book on amazon. It’s only available as a e-book right now, and the format looks best on a kindle e-reader.

    If you like it, feel free to tell a friend or, better yet, lend them the book while it’s still eligible for lending.

    I hope you enjoy the story and I hope to have more coming soon! Continue reading

  • Discovery- Part 2

    CIMG0621By lunchtime I had collected twelve specimens.

    Though my stomach growled, the constant presence of creepy-crawlies and the unshakable visions of ticks crawling through a crack in my suit and burrowing into my skin had left me with little desire to eat. Or perhaps, more accurately, no intention of removing my gloves, lifting the protective netting around my face, and then sitting down beneath the gently swaying canopy.

    Instead I took several long drinks through the tube which ran out of my backpack, under my hood and to my mouth, allowing me to stay hydrated without removing any protective gear. Continue reading

  • Discovery

    CIMG0621The sound of the river rushing outside my living room window soothed and beckoned as I sipped my morning coffee.

    Today would be a good day for specimen-hunting.

    Thick green foliage blocked the first rays of sunlight brightening the deep blue sky. Outside the curtain-less window, the thermometer registered a temperature of 78 degrees at eight a.m.-perfect conditions. Continue reading

  • Cover Reveal for Dead Ringer by Sarah Fox

    Dead Ringer CoverI’m thrilled to be announce the release date, and be able to share the cover, of my friend Sarah’s first published novel! Dead Ringer is a fast-paced and highly engaging story which I had the pleasure of reading before it was wisely picked up by HarperCollins. I can’t wait for the release date in June! Here are the details: Continue reading

  • My Happiness Resolutions

    Happiness-Hands1I know, I know, it’s not even the New Year. Why am I talking about resolutions? Well, I read a book recently titled Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin. Parts of the book I really enjoyed, other parts I glossed over, but ultimately I was inspired to write my own happiness resolutions. A few of them are things that I already do which are closer to personal truths, things I want to continue to make priorities because I know they make me and my family happy. Others are challenges to myself.
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  • Lots of Changes, Old Max, Lots of Changes…

    IMG_0461That pretty much sums up my life for the last four months, and bonus points to the person who can tell me which movie that line comes from.

    So, it’s been a while since I’ve posted. Let me tell you why. Continue reading

  • TV Gods Anthology is Available!

    TV Gods CoverA little over a year ago, one of my favorite science fiction authors asked if I would be interested in submitting a story for an anthology. Naturally, I said yes!

    Shortly thereafter I received an invitation from one of the anthology’s editors, met the minds behind Fortress Publishing, Inc. at Balticon last May, and, finally, submitted a story.

    The theme is very specific- pick a television show from the 80’s and work in the mythological characters and/or creatures of your choice. Write a story based on said television show in 5,ooo words or less. Oh, and it should probably be humorous. Simple, right? Continue reading

  • Putting Down Roots: Life Lessons from the Moso Bamboo

    Moso bambooI watched an inspirational video this week about the process of growing a moso bamboo plant and I had to share. Below I’ve included a link to the seven and a half minute video if you’d like the long and set to calming zen music version. If not, I’ll sum it up the best I can. Continue reading

  • Take a Pill

    ADHD medsGrowing up, this was an expression people used in jest. It started with some variation of, “Dude, take a chill pill.” and eventually was reduced to simply, “Take a pill.” Unfortunately, someone, or perhaps many someones, seem to have taken this to heart.

    I work as a pediatric speech-language pathologist. My caseload is comprised of children from one to five years old and I am alarmed by the number of children on my caseload who are taking prescription medication for A.D.H.D. I decided to do a bit of research… Continue reading

  • Desolation

    Lake SuperiorThe sun pulsed in the clear blue sky, heating Anna’s back as she picked her way carefully across the rugged terrain. She searched for the safest route every time she paused. Cliffs, crevasses, and shifting rocks waited patiently for unwary travelers. Another hundred yards brought her to the edge of a steep drop off. She unpacked her rappelling gear and secured the lines. Before dropping down into the shadows she stood and scanned the horizon, shading her eyes with one hand.

    As she gazed out across the lifeless expanse, it was hard to imagine this entire valley had once been filled with crystal clear water. Continue reading

  • The Truth About The Stars

    Stars“Grandpa, what are stars?” the little girl with the midnight hair asked as she gazed up at the diamond-flecked sky.

    “Well now, that’s a big question,” the Grandpa answered slowly. “One of those questions that have more than one answer.”

    The little girl’s brown knit into weaves and folds. She considered this as she studied her Grandfather’s serene profile.

    “How could there be more than one answer? Isn’t there only one right answer?”

    “There’s hardly ever just one right answer to any question in the world.”
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  • Genre Hopping: Do You Dare?

    Genre HoppingIn general, people stick with the familiar. We like routines and predictability. A little excitement from time to time is a good thing, but too much change sends most of us running for the hills, right? What I’m wondering if the same is true in your reading or writing life? Are you a genre hopper? Continue reading

  • Resolutions

    ResolutionsDo you make New Year’s Resolutions? Honestly, most years I don’t. There have been a few that I have, and I always like the idea of making changes or new commitments with the new year. Most of the time though I feel like a) I’m already doing all the things I really want or think I really need to be doing or b) I’m already over-committed and if I add one more thing I’ll never stick with it. Sound familiar?

    Well, this year I decided I’d make one resolution. Continue reading

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