Hey folks, I’ve been on hiatus trying to get some writing done, with varying success. As promised in my last post, I have a spooky story to ring in the chill of the October air. This story takes place in an alternate universe of a setting not my own, but one I love. It is also dedicated to one of my favorite authors, H.P. Lovecraft, and titled to reference and honor one of my favorite stories of his. Please enjoy – The Shadow in The Cave.
Mike used the bolt driver to carefully tether another gel-corded line into the cave wall. He’d reached the limit on his current line and wanted to be sure he had enough slack to reach the rocky floor below without having to make a long drop at the end. His caving partner and best friend, Riley, … Read More »
You may have noticed that both the blog and my Facebook page have been a bit lean lately. There are a lot of reasons for this… and I’ll explain.
While trying to keep myself focused on some kind of writing, I have found a myriad amazing ways to distract myself! Let me tell you a little bit about what’s going on around here. There are orcs, superheroes, and the White Wolf, oh my!
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how my writing and I are heavily influenced by my younger years. There are a number of shows, some a bit more obscure, that I know have had an impact on both my life and my writing. I’m going to tell you about a few of them.
Disclaimer: Some spoilers may lie herein.
My wife and I and a friend of ours went out last week to see the Lego Movie, as did much of the nerdier citizens across the nation. Like most of these people I was completely blown away by the sheer magnitude of the film. That sentence didn’t mean ANYTHING. What I mean to say is that it was really, really good and there was seldom a point in the movie where I was not either laughing hysterically, or crying uncontrollably.
The Lego Movie touched on so many points for me (and, apparently, so many others who saw it) that were powerfully emotional. From the deep loneliness of Emmet in his desire to find a friend, to the Father’s struggle with coming to terms with the fact that he was, in fact, the bad guy (realizing … Read More »
There are a great many things that are very different for me since I moved from the hectic confines of Baltimore to the quieter, slower paced calm of St. Joseph and the Midwest. There are a great many things, too, that I took for granted when I lived in Baltimore… being able to get anywhere without a car, 24 hour stores not named Walmart, Sub Shops, the ocean (no matter how stinky it might be) oh and of course: Royal Farms fries. But today I’d like to talk a bit about something that my neighbors here in the Midwest take for granted and something for which I am constantly grateful to be able to experience on a regular basis.
The Night’s Sky.
When living in even a small city, the light pollution, while often beautiful especially during a storm, can make the … Read More »
The book signing at our local Hastings bookstore was a phenomenal success. It was such an amazing experience to talk about and listen to others talk about my work. Here’s a peek behind the scenes…
As The White Wolf and The Darkness gets more and more exposure, I am feeling what it is like to actually be an author. I didn’t think I was going to feel very different about anything until I had made it big and sold a ton of books, and then I thought I’d feel VERY different. I realize now that it’s actually more like the whole “growing up” or “adult” experience, the changes one feels are subtle and plentiful, and some of them are a huge shock.
I think the first time I noticed this was when we got the proof of my novel from the printer. I had a copy, the FIRST copy, of MY book in my hands. I felt as though I should be overwhelmed with emotion, but I wasn’t — and this is really odd, because anyone … Read More »
As some might expect from my last post before the my brief and somewhat unexpected hiatus, I did a lot of Santa Clausing in my community and in my community of friends. No, no – I didn’t dress up as the jolly bearded gift giver, though I am known for occasionally donning the mantle. This year’s Yuletide cheer began mostly on December 12th. You see, my wedding anniversary is New Years Eve, but there tends to be some frustration around this, as other things get planned near this date and we miss out on seeing people. This year Liz and I decided to forgo our normal private New Years Eve plan and throw it out the window. We set the date for Commune Christmas (I’ll get to that later) for New Years Eve so that we could spend more time … Read More »
Since today is my birthday, I’ve decided to write about anything that strikes my fancy. Recently I’ve been thinking a lot about the similarities between these two iconic and powerful characters. Now I know what you’re thinking, but there are a LOT more similarities than one might think.
Lets start with the basics: Both St. Nicholas and Bruce Wayne are wealthy philanthropists who use their power and influence to encourage others to obey the accepted rules of a societal system. Both believe themselves to be of the highest moral authority, especially Batman (I tend to agree on this point). Both are nocturnal, except in very rare instances. Both use fear, intimidation and coercion to force others to be better people. Their methods might be a BIT different, but the core of the M.O. is there: “Be good, or else.”
I think a … Read More »