Choices and Your Destiny

You are the sum of your choices, not the victim of your circumstances. Some folks attribute the person they become to the way they were raised, the opportunities they had, who their role models were. But history is replete with people who came out of nothing, even out of bad circumstances, and  rose to greatness. The […]

choices and destiny

Creative Conflict (an author’s meditation)

Stories running deep as an ocean, Ideas warring within the mind. Where one thought arises another follows, As a story solidifying, it raises new questions. Conflict at the heart of a good story, The force beginning to strengthen it. One thought seen as an opportunity, A moment in which to explore possibilities. Story creation is full of conflict, Some ideas […]

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Why print books are here to stay

Several years ago the success of digital books, mostly related to the wide reception of the Kindle reading device, spawned a big debate amongst readers, editors, authors, and publishers. The question: would digital books kill the sales of print books? At the time most experts agreed the print book had seen its day and the vast majority […]

why print books are here to stay

How to avoid cookie-cutter characters

Cookie-cutter characters kill fiction. Weak villains and weak heroes, characters that we can easily forget. How do we avoid this to strengthen the books we write? Remember that childhood tale of the Gingerbread Man? Oh yes, he was cut out of cookie dough and ran away from the little old woman, shouting, “Run, run as fast as […]

Cookie cutter characters

Divinity and accountability in Fiction

When writing I have often pondered the futility of leaving God out of the story. His presence, whether embodied or as a distant spirit-being, omnipresent and omniscient, is necessary even in fiction. Without an ultimate accountability characters lose their punch. All stories need a level of good versus evil. Characters make choices between right and wrong. […]

Divinity and accountability in fiction

Sneak preview! The Phantom’s Blade

First draft of The Phantom’s Blade is done! Coming this Fall 2015 this novel is the highly anticipated fourth installment in The Sword of the Dragon series. I am pleased to present this sneak peak at the novel, its opening chapter. Enjoy! The Phantom’s Blade (The Sword of the Dragon series) book 4 Chapter 1: Despair beyond […]

Sneak peak The Phantoms Blade

How to Create Memorable Villains

Most good stories that stand out in my mind as extremely memorable involve an extraordinary villain. One of my favorite films is The Black Hole, an old Disney science-fiction film. All of the characters in that movie are dramatic actors and the villain (as played by Maximilian Schell) is extremely memorable. He is a brilliant scientist and […]

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Sleep, Reflection, and the Writer

My mind is like an engine running overdrive. Ideas are pouring in all the time and I’m running with them. The visions I have for the future are pending realities I’m striving to bring to pass. This last few months has been crazy busy. Work, writing, website maintenance, travel, and now moving. Like it does […]

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