The Gamer is On

Been a long time coming. A few years ago, I wrote a short story that would be part of the Gamer Chronicles, a compendium of short stories by a group of authors. That story was the Maze. That was the genesis for The Waking of Grey Grimm, a full length novel. Then the...

Book 7 in Claus Universe Update

The Toymaker is now on hiatus. I put 12,000 words into the Toymaker over the last couple of weeks. Yesterday, it was clear. The Toymaker needs to wait. It's not a bad thing. It's actually very good. This feels like an epic story and the timing isn't right. This, I...

Days of Claus

I was 10 years of pissed off. It was a friend's dad who spilled the truth. We were in the backyard and they were insisting he wasn't real. I was arguing hard the other way. Lying came easy to me and I'd been in trouble for it more times than I'd watched Gilligan's...

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?...

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...

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