Rather than talk about how I developed this story from an idea I jotted in my notebook under the working title, "Mirror Mad," I'm going to go through the thought process behind my decision to publish this story on Kindle myself, and what that process was actually like.
I wrote "Running with Zombies" completely from the hip. In other words, I didn't do any notebook work for it, which is weird for me. In the age old debate between pantsers and planners, I put myself squarely halfway between pantsers and planners, haha. I don't plot out every single detail about my plot before … Continue reading “Running with zombies,” without the warm up
It all started while I was cleaning my bathroom. Cleaning is a rather meditative activity for me. Not to say I enjoy it. Contrary to what one reviewer postulated about me, I am not really a clean freak myself. However, I do like the chance to let my mind wander and the repetitive motion … Continue reading Clean Freak, the Beginning
The Product: A Shower's Pass Atlas Jacket, medium, bought in mid- to late winter of 2019. What it's supposed to do: From Shower's Pass' website: For the world traveller, year-round commuter, and outdoor enthusiast; the Atlas Jacket is optimized for those who demand visibility without compromising comfort or style. The unique MapReflect fabric design consists … Continue reading Shower’s Pass Atlas Jacket, review
Brave people are afraid. They act in spite of their fear because to not act is worse than what they fear.
It's been a while. Let's get reacquainted, shall we? As you probably know, being a return visitor or maybe just an observant newcomer, I'm a writer. For a long time, I loved to write. Then, for a while, I loved to write and I had ambitions. Then, I just had ambition and well--I found it … Continue reading New Year, Same Me but Different
For someone who doesn't want kids of his own and certainly didn't set out to be a teacher, I spend an inordinate amount of time working with students. Recently, I've been teaching a creative writing class. The first day, like most first days working with new students, I tell what I like to call my … Continue reading Walking, Level: Expert
Jen Haeger interviewed me for her blog. I recognized her name from other Midwest conventions but didn't have the pleasure of meeting her until this past February at CapriCon in Chicago. She's the author of Moonlight Medicine, a paranormal romance trilogy about a werewolf and his veterinarian lover. Read the interview here.
A couple days after I returned from CapriCon, my phone started randomly restarting and getting stuck in a boot loop. I tried, to no avail, to troubleshoot the problem, first following steps I found online, then with the help of Support. Once it became apparent that nothing was working, they sent me a new phone. … Continue reading What I learned without my phone
Update: Silent Screams is available at Amazon as a paperback or Kindle download. *** I had some time to talk to Josh Strnad about his first anthology, Silent Screams, coming out from his new imprint, Serpent and Dove Speculative Fiction, the power that fiction can have, and work life balance. *** Chimerical Dark: Hi Josh, … Continue reading Interview with Josh Strnad, editor of Silent Screams