Welcome to my blog.

I hope you enjoy your visit into the collection of thoughts and interests that roam around in my head…at least some of them. I will try to use the “categories” to help make your visit a bit more meaningful. Some of my posts will talk about my writing; how I write, what I write, and [...]

By |2020-01-10T17:16:52+00:00January 5th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Let’s Begin the Year With Something Simple.

This isn't about books, or about writing, but something I think is far more important. You know those times when you say "They know I love them, I don't have to tell them"? Nah. Tell them anyway. Sometimes we all have days when even when we "know" something is true, it is really great to [...]

By |2020-01-07T16:19:29+00:00January 2nd, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

How Stories Happen: Working Title – “November 18”

I am often asked how I actually write my fiction stories. As a shot at a response, I thought I would give you an inside look at how it happens by sharing an early "idea" for a story I may or may not end up actually finishing. In fact, this might even work as a [...]

By |2020-01-07T17:49:30+00:00January 6th, 2020|Editing, Ideas, Personal, Writing|0 Comments

Some Ideas Make it Hard to Breathe – From April 2019

I was late for class, which as the instructor, is frowned upon. I was following a big, slow, truck, watching for a break in the traffic so I could get around. It gave me time to think about that big yellow thing the truck was carrying, and wonder just what the heck it was. I [...]

By |2020-01-07T16:17:01+00:00January 5th, 2020|Ideas, Writing|0 Comments

Making Your Characters Sick! – From May 2019

This is going to be a short post today, and one for the writers who may come across it. It will be short because, well, wait a minute, I have to blow my nose…Okay, I’m back. That’s why. I woke up in the middle of the night last night with a scratchy throat threatening to [...]

By |2020-01-07T16:17:33+00:00January 5th, 2020|Ideas, Writing|0 Comments

A Dingo Eating a Shark and Two Snakes Making Love: My Self-Publishing Journey.

I didn’t have to self-publish. I have traditionally published 5 or 6 books in the past, and when I realized I was actually writing my first novel one of those previous publishers asked to look at it. I thanked them. But I had been hearing and reading so much about self-publishing, I decided that the [...]

By |2020-01-07T16:18:04+00:00January 5th, 2020|PR, Publishing, Self-publishing, Writing|0 Comments

Creating Really Nasty Villains!

I had a really fun conversation with another author this week. As we talked about my past and the years I spent as a pastor and counselor, he asked how I am able to create my nasty villains since I spent all that time in such a “nice” role. He is the first person to [...]

By |2020-01-07T16:43:25+00:00January 5th, 2020|Editing, Fiction, Ideas, Writing|0 Comments

The Day They Blew-Up Decatur!

Sometimes, the ideas just hit you right in the face. And then, they just stand there and keep punching. I walked out our front door a few days ago and there it was. It looked like someone had just dropped “the big one” somewhere East of our house, and my guess it was Decatur, Illinois. [...]

By |2020-01-07T16:37:25+00:00January 4th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments