November is National Novel Writing Month. No, really. It's a thing. Look: You're not that surprised, are you? I mean, it's 2018 (nearly 2019 - gasp!), and just about everything is a thing these days. But yes, it's a thing, with its own website, and tons of people are blogging about it, and emailing about it … Continue reading It Begins
Some of you may be familiar with the title of this blog. It is shared with a 1980 motion picture that dealt comically with the convergence of what the majority of society would consider a "primitive" lifestyle with what we so arrogantly call "modern" (or worse still "civilized") society. The concept of the "crazy gods" … Continue reading The Gods Must Be Crazy
I have a 1910 Lincoln penny. Like all Lincoln pennies minted before 1959, it is the sort with the wheat pattern on the reverse. Until this very instant (and I absolutely mean that I am thinking this for the first time) I've never wondered why the government of the United States of America chose to … Continue reading My Writing Spirit Guide
If anyone truly follows this blog, then you'll probably realize that my latest novel, The Count of Carolina, was released on September 4, with pretty much no peeps from me. There were a number of reasons for this non-peepitude, not the least of which was the fact that the first book in the series, the venerable Beauty … Continue reading Whew!
It has been a rough patch of days. Some of the worst. I'm not freaking kidding! But at some point today, after clawing up a very steep hill for... for what, two days? Three? A billion? After that climb, I saw a distant shimmer. I'm a fool to follow it's empty glistening, but I believe … Continue reading 1976 and the Holy Grail
Nicole Porter will soon be back in another exciting Cleanup Crew novel, but you can have more, and you can have it now! How about a free Nicole Porter short story, just for joining my mailing list? Click the image or the link below and do it now! Sign Up! Get Your Story! The … Continue reading Free Short Story
I wrote recently about the feelings that come about after I've sent a book off to the publisher, about how it was a mixed bag and whatnot. All of that is true of course because I wouldn't lie to you. But now that a little time has passed I wanted to revisit the subject because … Continue reading The Inter-Book Agenda
As I reported briefly yesterday, I have sent The Count of Carolina off to my publisher, which means that for all intents and purposes, my part of the process is done. I don't know what that experience is like for other writers, but I know for me it is an odd and slightly unsettling one. I'm … Continue reading Life After Hitting “Send”
The Count of Carolina has been sent off to the publisher. Think I'll take a few days off. Then I'll start book three.
I’m starting to understand that sometimes we can learn the most important lessons without even knowing school is in session. This is the story of how I learned for certain that I was a writer. It happened this past Monday and Tuesday. Anyone who has followed my work at all will probably (hopefully) know that … Continue reading I Quit Writing on June 25, 2018