About Ron

Just about everything I believe has been shaped by the written word. But books don't force a belief; they stir the imagination so that you, the reader, eventually draw your own conclusions. We grow richer in spirit when we read, deeper in our understanding of the universe and our role in it. That's why I read. That's why I write. To offer you a bit of myself. Come along on my journey, won't you? There's plenty of room.

A Table by the Window

Posted On Jan 16 2006 by

Novel #2 for 2006: A Table by the Window by Lawana Blackwell I’m not sure why I’m drawn to novels like this. Though it had a hint of mystery and suspense, it was actually more of a general fiction, coming of age type of story. The heroine, Carly Reed is a woman with a troubled past. Abused as a child by the boyfriends of her alcoholic mother, she seeks to rediscover both her family and herself. She moves from the Bay Area to a small Mississippi town, where antique shops and college football fill most conversations. I think I like …

A Place for Slackers

Posted On Jan 14 2006 by

It’s been a week since I posted. I’m slacking big time. But I have several excellent excuses:1. Winter semester and 2 classes this term (MBA).2. Horrible week at work.3. Fantastic week at work (I have several bosses as I push toward communications and away from engineering).4. I’m lazy But I’m back now. Besides, it was do this or change my oil now that the temperatures are back in the normal January range of lower 20s. We hit 53 this week. Convertable tops were down. Only in the north. Especially in Motown. The novel writing is about as slow now as …

California Girl

Posted On Jan 7 2006 by

Novel #1 for 2006: California Girl by T. Jefferson Parker. California Girl is a mystery with a bit of suspense set in the mid to late 1960s in Orange County, California. Obviously, Parker takes advantage of this locale and uses the exploding drug scene to make for a very colorful setting. He does it tastefully, though, and does an excellent job of fairly portraying all sides of the issues of the day. The story centers around the murder of a young woman. The extremely beautiful and disturbed Janelle Vonn, who is found beheaded in an abandoned orange packing house. Parker …

Story Board

Posted On Jan 3 2006 by

I’ve found, during my brief stint on this planet, that the best way to learn something is to teach it. Not that I would ever charge money to teach something I knew little about. You’ll notice a new link on my blog here to Story Board. This is a joint effort between me and my good friends, Robin Miller, Ronie Kendig, and Dineen Miller. We were looking for a way to entertain, educate, and learn while doing something fun. What we came up with is a blog where we can write a story, Round Robin style, where each of the …

You Say It’s My Birthday

Posted On Dec 30 2005 by

39 It just kind of sits there, doesn’t it? One more year until 40, which doesn’t bother most males of the species. We solve our crisis with a simple Harley Davidson or fling with a much younger woman. Since I’m broke and I’m really quite happy with my wife (not to mention the whole Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery thing), I’ll settle for some ice cream and new computer toys. Which I’m playing with now. I got a really awesome wireless mouse for my laptop and some writing software–Writer’s DreamKit. I know, alot of people hated it, alot of people …

The Lost Week

Posted On Dec 28 2005 by

Every year between Christmas and New Year’s I make great plans on what to do with my week off. It’s one of the few gifts I get from working in the auto industry. This year I had intended on wrapping up Soul Searcher and getting started on my next novel, Third Kiss. Instead, I end up with a sinus infection and a constant headache that won’t allow me to even look at a printed page. Regardless (or Irregardless, just to annoy my wife), I am trying to make good use of my time. I have managed to get some crits …