John’s Writing!

And Now for Something Completely Different!

  • A long-time fan of Old Time Radio, I am working on my first story that gives you the choice to “read how someone else solved the mystery”, or to step into Second Life and “experience the story yourself” and put your personal sleuthing skills to the test. Whichever way you go, “Death in the Deli!” is a mystery waiting to be solved.

  • In the spirit of the noir detectives like Sam Spade, Philip Marlowe, Nero Wolfe, Ellery Queen, and others from radio and the old “pulp” magazines, you can visit the locations, search for clues, interview witnesses and suspects, and take your evidence to the D.A. and try to prove your case. And in keeping with the spirit of the noir detectives, there are people who are willing to help you, and people who are determined to stop you in your tracks. Keep both eyes open…and one of them on your back.


Storytime Live With Pops!

Skwerdlock and Pops are taking a brief break, but here are recordings of  the stories, activities, and other fun things from our past visits with our favorite early readers and listeners!

Using “Story” to change the way we design learning!

Before focusing on his writing, John’s career involved using the “power of  story” to change the way we do teaching and learning. John used his “TranceFormational Learning” model to create more effective learning in every setting from K-12 through undergraduate and graduate school to corporate training,  as well as in personal activities such as learning how to write your own stories.

And now, John’s goal is to offer “TranceFormational Learning” as a solution to the challenges facing today’s learners.

What Is John Doing Now!

  • As mentioned above, I am very excited to be working on a new project that blends storytelling, writing, and the technology of 3D virtual environments, to create something very different. For the readers out there, why just ‘read’ a story when you can ‘experience’ it for  yourself? And for the writers, don’t worry about “show, don’t tell”, let’s put our readers inside the story and let them find their way around. More soon!

  • I am trying to make the time to finish the illustrations for the next Skwerdlock book called, “The Case of the Missing Mouse!”,  hopefully coming by the end of the year.

  • Along with working on traditional illustrations, one of my upcoming books is calling me to tell the story using Chinese Ink Brush artwork. I am doing my best to learn…

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