Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Back from London!

My wife and I recently celebrated our 10th anniversary, and spent a week in London. The kids stayed home with the grandparents, our first time going anywhere without them. It’s been a long time since we took a trip like this, and it was wonderful to be off the grid for a spell.

We had a real “afternoon tea,” spent hours at the Tate, the British Museum, and the Churchill War Rooms. In addition, we day-tripped to Dover, Canterbury, the Costwolds, Stratford-Upon-Avon, and Oxford. We also took a side trip out to Wales and the Brecon Beacons National park. Much of this evocative landscape inspired my last two novels (Between Two Fires and Dark Winds Rising). Needless to say, we had the trip of a lifetime!

I think I’m still soaking it all in, the pub food, the glow of St. Paul’s cathedral at night, and the everyday people we met on the Tube. London has a lot of history for us, my wife and I last having gone there when she studied abroad in college. Although I’m glad to be home, part of me wonders when we’ll next be going back to that wonderful city by the Thames. Cheers!

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Short Hiatus

Hey, all! I'll be on a short hiatus for the next few weeks. I'll explain later, but it's all good stuff.

Let's just say that things have gotten uber-busy and I won't be blogging until about mid-September again. Anyhow, looking forward to chatting with you all then, and I should have some awesome news to report. Thanks! 

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Gearing Up For Writer’s Conference

I’m gearing up for the Central Coast Writers Conference next month, and so far I’ve prepped my presentations and other fun stuff! I’ll be speaking in several sessions, including panels and one-on-one editing sessions for attendees. It all starts on September 28th.

A couple of the classes I’ll be teaching include writing historical characters in fiction, as well as details on getting traditionally published. I’m also looking forward to speaking on a panel about using first and third person in novels. Needless to say, it’s been fun getting my presentations ready and outlining my coursework for attendees.

I suppose I’m a touch nervous to be rubbing elbows with other authors and agents at the conference, many of whom I’ve read about or been fans of for years. Still, it should be pretty fun. There may be a few slots left open for attendees, if you’re interested. Hope to see a few of you there!

Monday, August 13, 2018

Guest Post for Dark Winds Rising

Hi Everyone! I'm doing a guest post over Tony Riches' blog today for my novel, Dark Wind Rising. I'll be hanging out out over there, so give it a look if you're interested:)


Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Epistolary Novel

What do you think of epistolary novels? I read a recent one the other day and was of two minds. On the one hand, I enjoy the creativity behind a book composed of fictional letters, and the genre is as old as novels themselves. At the same time, how many people in real life write letters anymore?

I tried my hand at an epistolary novel once. I liked it, but several agents I met at a writer’s conference baulked at the idea of an epistolary novel. They’re very difficult to sell and rarely do well commercially. But I’m more concerned with this type of novel from an artistic point of few. Modern communication has changed so much, that a series of lengthy letters now seems archaic and difficult to related to in many ways.

So what do you think? Have epistolary novels had their day? Or is there hope for them in adapting them to the modern world?

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

World Cup!

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably been following the exciting finals of the World Cup this year. I’ve never enjoyed watching soccer (futbol) so much! In fact, of the original top 3 teams I picked during the 32 team stage, all of them made it to the semi-finals. Why didn’t I put money on them?! Oh, well.

With literally over 3.2 billion viewers estimated world wide, it’s a safe bet that if you’re reading this you’ve watched at least one game in this year’s tournament.

Croatia and England had a heck of a game today. Both of them are stellar teams. I’ll definitely be rooting for England to get the number 3 spot against Belgium Saturday, but I’ll also assuredly be rooting for Croatia to get the final cup against France on Sunday. May the best team win!

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Happy Independence Day!

We celebrated this 4th of July as we often do. With lots of food, fireworks, and friends. The kids are getting used to looking forward to the holiday, now that they’re old enough to remember previous years.

It’s extra fun too, because our town happens to be one of the few in our area where you can still do fireworks at home. Nothing against the professionals, just sometimes it’s fun to do them yourself. I guess it’s the pyro in me.

I hope all of you have a spectacular 4th and that your summer is shaping up nicely. I’m definitely looking forward to more BBQs and watching the garden grow. What are you looking forward to this summer?