Organic Prisoner

I cracked the seal on a 31 year abstinence. I quit using Skoal when I was 19 years old. I started when I was 15. My grandpa did the habit for almost 70 years. He was from the old country, a man who worked the steel mills and didn't trust doctors. He once refused to...

Killing Time and Illusion

I kill an hour every day. Minimum. I get in the truck and drive half an hour to work. That's a round -trip hour of staring through glass. Used to be I'd listen to Bob and Tom but the commercials were insufferable. Ever watch the last bit of the nightly news or Oprah?...

Wake and Bake: The Lucid Dream Experience

My brother and I grew up in the same bedroom. Our dad took the door off the hinges when we were little. It was because we were fighting, I think. Probably. I don't remember. We lived in the same house forever and all I remember was never having a door. It didn't seem...

Foreverland at Twilight (not sparkly)…

The twilight of sleep. When the conscious mind begins pulling the shutters and the subconscious goes out for the night. The other night I was between the sheets and going under when I heard and saw a girl at the side of my bed. I will repeat that. I heard and saw a...

The Biggest and Baddest of them all…

The champion a major theme for me. Imagine a guardian that's always got your back. It stands at the foot of your bed, it watches over you when the day is dark, follows you down narrow alleys and carries you when you need it most. I think I just described Jesus. But...

12,000 words into the Maze…

12,000 words into The Essence of Sunny Grimm (Book 2 of the Maze). That's a little over 10% to the finish line, I think. About one legal pad of notes. In case you're dropping in on this blog and missed an earlier entry, my process is slow as shit. I write notes on a...

And so the Maze Begins…

One of my favorite parts. The beginning of a new story. That time of tilling the ground and planting seeds. The wind pushing characters this way and that. An arc coming together. The truth is, halfway through writing this thing I'll be swinging a hammer at the...

Ronin: The Last Reindeer Cover Feedback Party

So the sixth book in the Claus Universe is nearing the finish. I'm way out ahead this year, like six months. The release is scheduled for November 1, 2018. I'll be requesting ARC readers probably in October, but for now I went ahead and got the cover ready. The artist...

The Handmaid’s Tale

Whew. Finished season one of Handmaid's Tale. It's rough at times to watch. Not from a cinematic point of view. It's the content. I'd watched the first episode many months ago and got about halfway through. It seemed done well enough but I don't think I was in the...

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