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Updates and stuff

Hey, it’s been  a while since I’ve written on the blog. I’ve been working and writing, though more of the former than the latter admittedly.

If you followed me over from the recent story in Daily Science Fiction. Thanks! I’d really appreciate it if you signed up for the MAILING LIST.

I have another story on Daily Science Fiction: “Note to Self”  if you want to read it.

What’s New?

Book Two in the Jester’s Curse series was recently published. It follows the misadventures of Marius who, kicked out of a cushy life of slavery, is forced to survive on the mean streets of the kingdom of Arovia. Here’s a blurb from the back cover: “Something stinks in Seatown, and it’s up to Marius to solve the mystery before time runs out. His former life of slavery never looked better as Marius battles crazed wizards and powermad Astors. He even finds love, and immediately tries to put it back again.”



Also, my science fiction thriller The Rockets of Pyongyang was published. From the back cover: “In the year 2063, Korean-American spy Danny Kim fights to preserve a precarious world order, but will he give it all up for the woman he loves? This near-future thriller brings the action and the ideas.”



What’s Coming?

Right now I’ve got a short story coming out in Stupefying Stories and several out to other publications. And I’m working on the second book in the World of Hurt series. Here’s a link to the first book The Moondial.

Post over at New Authors Fellowship

Hey, if you’re visiting the site from the New Authors blog. Thanks! I’m a long-time lurker, infrequent commentor over there and really respect what they’re doing.

Here’s the link to that blog post if you haven’t seen it:

Anyways, thanks for stopping by. You can check out a story on the site here or over at Daily Science Fiction: “Note to Self”



Lots of Good News

Typing on LSD?So a couple of big things have been happening lately.

I sold another story to Daily Science Fiction, “They Fell Like Comets”.

Another story got rejected by DSF, but I got a personal note with the rejection. I didn’t know if they’d like it anyway. I’ve submitted it to another market that might be a better fit.

I joined the Science Fiction Writers of America as an associate member (not as a full active member … yet.)

Also, I’ve been taking an online class from Dean Wesley Smith on Plotting a Novel. The first week’s lessons blew my mind. It is exactly what I needed to get over the novel writing hump. (I’ve started 4 and finished zero)! It’s awesome to know that the struggles I’m going through are not unique to me but are common to many awesome writers who I really admire and who also were on this hump at one point in their careers.

Finally, I’ve been working on incorporating to cover my writing business and a number of small related side businesses that I do. I want to be a self-publisher, and so I needed to get serious about the business side of things. Even though I’m a lawyer by training, I was a human rights lawyer. I know nothing about corporations except what they forced me to learn for the bar exam. So this process has been fun and enlightening. I’m thinking of writing a few blog posts about the process to maybe help someone else out who’s looking at doing the same things.

Meanwhile, summer vacation is going very well. It’s been hard while traveling to stay on schedule with the writing. But I need to stop making excuses and crank out my new words of fiction every day.

Putting off writing

If I had written last night the pages I wrote today, how might the story have changed? What would the characters have gained or lost?

There is in the pauses a sort of serendipity.

At the Milwaukee Public Library

The library held discarded things among its stacks.
It also held books.
The madmen love to read.
Librarians curate the dusty, old tomes.
And here am I among my own:
The mad, bearded men who love reading
and hate the rain
and whose shouts are muffled by a stiflingly sensible shush.

Writing addiction

We compulsively write the hero’s tale over and over again. Why all these iterations: different yet the same?

We write the good news. Again and again. It is the story of love and the only story truly worth telling. And we are compelled to retell it. The sooner yoy realize this, the freer you’ll be.

Note to Self published on Daily Science Fiction

A short story of mine was published on Daily Science Fiction. Please read it, rate it, and like it.

Read it Here!

The story was written during a hard time with the family. I was in bed lying awake at night with the what ifs, when — as so often happens with my stories — a line of dialogue came to me. I immediately wrote most of the story on my smart phone’s note app.

I dedicated the story to James Altucher by way of saying thanks for his encouraging posts during that difficult time.

Isaac Asimov was an Addict

When he was asked what he would do if he was told he was going to die, Asimov responded, “Type faster.”

When asked whether he loved writing more than his daughter, he responded “writing,” but he paused a moment, which he hoped she understood meant that at least he had to think about the question.

Asimov was a compulsive. Perhaps not so detrimentally or tragically as Hemingway or Faulkner or a plethora of other alcoholic writers. But make no mistake,  Asimov was an addict.

And so am I. And so are you, if you are a writer. Heinlein put it this way, it hurts less to write that does not to write. If that describes your condition, then you my friend are an addict.

There is a famous writer who wrote 250 words an hour everyday like clockwork. He is held up in writing circles as a model of time management. He could also be an example for every 12 step program.

If you, like me, measure your life out in the coffee spoons of every new word, then you too may be an addict.

Should you get help? Well, writing is less destructive than other addictions. But, on the other hand, if you’re having a hard time enjoying other aspects of life and are focused exclusively on writing as the definition of success or joy in your life, rather than, say, your family or beautiful children, then you might want to reconsider.

I had a colleague once ask me why God gave us children when we are in our prime working years. I did not respond, but my immediate thought was that God knows what is truly important — that we should, of course, focus our energy on our children. Certainly one can do both. I’m not judging.

In my next post, I’ll talk about how I beat the addiction and how I eventually came back to writing on my own terms.

Firstborn available on Kindle


The choices we make affect our past and our future. Here are nine award-winning short stories set in the near future, far future, and possible pasts, featuring Firstborn, an Honorable Mention selection in the 2013 Writer’s of the Future Contest, as well as Lost and Found, winner of Capital Christian Writers Short Story Contest.

Stories include:

Culture Shock
The Mind Reader
A Star in the East
How Women Fight
Lost and Found
All Made Up
City Rat, Space Brat