NaNoWriMo – Bonehead version

“I thought you weren’t gong to do NaNoWriMo this year.” “I wasn’t, but…” “I know. You just couldn’t resist that satisfying feeling of failure. After 16 years, you’d think you would learn.” “But…” “I don’t want to hear about it.” I swear, this year I will make 50,000 words. I’m already at 17k, and we’re […]

The Demise of a Corporation

A couple of days ago, a woman threw vicious vitriol at me because she thinks I not only failed her, but that I stole intellectual property from her. She made me think about actually explaining the course of events and dispel her erroneous accusations publicly. In 2007 I was a part-owner of an LLC that […]

Writing Is Not For Quitters

I took some time. I’ve been writing, but in quality faith-based emails and blogging about the boy and my fight with medical maximalism. I also picked up a Bucktown story and a time travel, both thanks to inspiration from Michael Bunker. He doesn’t even know it…until maybe now. Both were inspiration caused through short stories […]

Tolstoy’s Hadji Murad. The Cossacks

September, though I have many other things to read from military sci fi to dystopia to fantasy to regular science fiction, is the month in which I start my reading season of solid Russian literature. My degrees in world literature and Russian history notwithstanding, my entire being is craving Tolstoy, Solzhenitsyn, Sholokhov, and Grin like […]

Knocking Down the Cobwebs

It’s been a heck of a summer. Between personal, external and other oddities surrounding me, I’ve needed to change a few things I would have left alone if could just do that. But selfishness and self-centered behavior are not a part of me. I even struggled with self-care until the Big Pharma/Medical Suck-Up episode that […]

Tolstoy was here.

Red Wheel I includes a fictionalized meeting Sanya had as a young boy with Tolstoy. It was a perfect point in the story and helped me make sense in the beginning as to where this novel was headed. Tolstoy has always been one of my favorites. Underlying all if his works is his philosophy as […]

Solzhenitsyn, August 1914

This is the first in the Red Wheel (sometimes referred to as Red Knot) series by¬†Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, recounting the first two years of Russia’s involvement in World War I, sentiments toward the Tsar, sentiments regarding the Soviet Revolution, and enough politics to fill 622 pages of a 1971 6″ x 9″ hard copy in what […]

Artie Cabrera

I talked to Artie a while last night. It is refreshing to spend time with a real artist talking about how he feels about his writing. Of course he doesn’t feel he’s in “The Big Leagues” because the mass market isn’t quite prepared for him. One of the reasons is, as a true artist, he […]


I have revived my spirit. How? I left Facebook’s general timeline behind. The clickbait, politics, “how to write and sell your book” sites for those who can’t spell or correctly use grammar are in my past now. I have three pages of my own: one about Gizzie, another about my single life, and my literature-oriented […]


I have a horrendous stack of print, as well as about 15 need-to-read eBooks. People who write now need to slow down. This isn’t a race…or maybe it is, just not mine. I have 3 ARCs and a pretty decent as-yet unpublished Beta to read. Once I finish the Beta and ARCs, I’m going back […]