ACFW Writer’s Conference Tips for Men

Posted On Sep 19 2014 by

  The 2014 ACFW Writer’s conference is upon us! There’s plenty of tips out there for the first time attendee, but they’re usually written with women in mind. So, as a public service, I offer you my 2014 ACFW Writer’s Conference Tips for Men. Pack nail polish to patch up cracked cylinder heads on your rental car. Scrunch your clothes into a ball when you pack. Real writers look like they’ve slept in their clothes. Bring breath mints for your agent interviews. Those guys always have coffee and garlic breath. Order cheap business cards for all those free lunch fish …


Top 10 Reasons to Love Zombies

Posted On Sep 5 2014 by

Photo Courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons and Eyebrows360 Zombies are misunderstood. After all, they’re the dead ones, decomposing on their feet while all their still-living friends go about their lives. So, today, in honor of the undead, I give you my top 10 reasons to love zombies. 10. Their existense might explain the Rolling Stones. 9. Their health-care plans are dirt cheap. 8. Given the choice, I’d much rather have to outrun a zombie than a werewolf or vampire. 7. As a zombie, you can have a blast at your own funeral. 6. John Dingell could get re-elected to congress …


Top 10 Reasons to Attend a Small College

Posted On Aug 22 2014 by

As my son begins his college journey at Saginaw Valley State University this week, I felt the need to pay homage to those wonderful, small colleges we so dearly love. So, I give you my top 10 reasons to attend a small college… 10. All the girls won't flock to the football players because, well, they look like everybody else. 9. You don't need a bicycle or bus pass to go to your next class. 8. When you tell some guy where you go to school, he won't launch into an hour long complaint session about the coaching staff. 7. …


Top 10 Signs You May Have an Instagram Problem

Posted On Aug 1 2014 by

Photo courtesy of @quiltykelly I enjoy Instagram as much as the next guy. But some of you are getting a little carried away. Here are my top 10 signs that you have an Instagram problem. 10. You sign your name with little hearts and smiley faces around it. 9. Your cat has had more published photos than Jennifer Lopez. 8. All ten-thousand of your followers know what your bathroom mirror looks like. 7. You track your diet by reviewing your daily posts. 6. The caption under your yearbook photo is “Wait, I gotta take a selfie.” 5. You sit by …


My Agent Interview

Posted On Jul 18 2014 by

Photo Courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons and Tundra Books   Or…Why I Have to Self Publish As all three of my faithful readers know, I just finished my draft of Camp Dogs and plan on launcing it in November. Before then, I’ll attend the ACFW conference in St. Louis. Yes, I have scheduled agent interviews. Here’s about how I suspect those will go… Hi! I’m Ron Estrada…no, no relation…anyway, I just finished my draft of a futuristic post-apocalyptic sort of thing. No. No nuclear bombs. Zombies? Nope. Plague? Nah, I hate needles. Just, you know, the collapse of a nation …


Top 10 Signs that you were a Navy Brat

Posted On Jun 26 2014 by

In anticipation of my upcoming Navy Brat middle-grade novel series, I give you…   Top 10 signs you were (or are) a Navy Brat… 10. You give away your dog every three years. 9. You believe that the Mayflower was named after a moving company. 8. You get confused when someone asks what school you went to. 7. You associate cities and states with classic rock songs. 6. You’ve ever bought beer from a bowling alley vending machine (so I’ve heard). 5. Saturday bowling leagues were not optional. 4. Your Boy Scout leaders actually held camp inspections. 3. You understand …