Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Newest Short Story Published Today!!!


Checkout my newest publication on Every Day Fiction, my short story entitled Disturbance at Apartment 408. Let me know if you like it! Any stars or comments you could leave on Every Day Fiction’s website would be most appreciated.

In other news, things are going very well with my novel Between Two Fires, but I can’t talk too much about it just yet. My agent has been shopping around my manuscript with various publishing houses, and things have been going quite well. Hopefully, I can tell you more about it in another week or two.

Keep your fingers crossed! Thanks!

Friday, August 22, 2014

2Cellos Friday


Happy Friday, everyone! I’ve been posting my eclectic musical moods each Friday, and have been pleasantly surprised by how many of you share my tastes. Here’s one of my favorites by the Croatian duo, 2 Cellos, who became an instant sensation a few years back with this familiar hit. Enjoy and happy weekend! 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Purple Sunflowers


Mother Nature is full of surprises. I’m big on growing my garden from seed year after year, and each summer the bees mix things up a little differently. Six years ago I planted mammoth, white seed sunflowers. Two years ago, the bees mixed it with something and the seeds turned black. This year those same seeds now come up purple and have a nice floral fragrance. Go figure.

But I enjoy the curveballs Nature throws me, and each year it makes my garden a little more unique. I have purple sunflowers, red corn, and some pretty tasty tomatoes. I should have more pumpkins, but the gofers have been unforgiving this season.

What types of plants to you like to grow in your garden? Do you enjoy harvesting your own fresh food? Or perhaps you enjoy herbs and flowers? How do you enjoy summer in your backyard?  


Friday, August 8, 2014

Welsh Folk Song


Happy Friday, everyone! This Welsh folk song has been in my head lately, probably because I’m working on the sequel to my Medieval Welsh novel, Between Two Fires. You can certainly look up the translated lyrics to this song, but it’s amazing how a piece of music can touch you even if you don’t know the words. It seems that the most essential human emotions transcend language.

Close your eyes when you listen to this song, it brings it to life. Happy weekend!  

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

New Short Story Comes Out This Month!


My third short story with Every Day Fiction gets published later this month! Disturbance at Apartment 408 is another of my San Francisco noir pieces, and will be released on Tuesday, August 26. Please check it out in a few weeks and enjoy!

I’d also like to give a shout out to fellow author Milo Fowler, who also has one of his latest flash fiction pieces coming out at Every Day Fiction this month. Checkout his story, Captain Bartholomew Quasar and the Bandits on Consortium Moon Prime, which comes out this Thursday, August 7th. I know I’ll be looking forward to it.

Whew, lots of good stuff happening in writing this month! In other news, my agent is currently shopping my novel around to editors at several publishing houses, but the process can be pretty slow, so it’ll probably be a while before I have any updates for you. But if anything good happens, you’ll be the first to know!

Friday, August 1, 2014

West Coast


This song has been in my head for the past few weeks, so I simply had to share. I’m actually pretty impressed by Lana Del Rey’s latest album, a truly unique mix of familiar themes combined with some nicely original lyrics. Plus I live on the West Coast, so it's doubly intriguing for me. Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

1,000 Books Read!

Today, I’m officially one-tenth of the way toward my goal of reading 10,000 books in my lifetime. That’s right, thus far I’ve read 1,000 books…and counting. Needless to say, I’ve got a long, long way to go, but it’s still a milestone nonetheless.

Of course, quality matters over quantity, and I frequently reread my favorite novels every summer. However, thanks to Goodreads, I’ve been able to keep track of all my read books over the years. Now if only they would let me go over that pesky 5,000 friend-limit, then Goodreads would be awesome…but that’s another discussion altogether. But look at the bright side, so long as I read 3-4 books per week for the next four to six decades, I’ve got a shot of hitting my goal, slim though it may seem. 

So what are you reading right now? What books do you hope to tackle this year?