A Gathering of Writers

Posted On Sep 12 2013 by

Tomorrow I leave for the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) conference in Indianapolis. While most writers who attend such conferences make some connections, get some manuscript requests from editors and agents, and learn a bit more about their craft, I think most of them will also admit that the primary reason for attending such a conference is to meet and hang out with a group of people who share their passion. Let’s face it, writing, especially fiction writing, is a lonely profession. We don’t meet in offices and hang out at the coffee pot to talk about the weather or …


Into the Fall

Posted On Sep 7 2013 by

The President of the Old Doe Hunters Association enjoys a good September stroll. He’ll often carry his shotgun with him, may even remember shells. But mostly he just likes to gauge the season. “You can tell what kind of winter it’s going to be if you pay attention to the first days of fall,” he’ll say. He hasn’t accurately predicted a winter in the 46 years I’ve known him, but I assume he’ll get better with practice. It is a bit of a rite, this sniffing of the September air. Even as a boy, standing at the bus stop, hoping …


Murder on the Side

Posted On Aug 13 2013 by

This week is kind of a milestone. I completed what I call the final writer’s draft of Murder on the Side. I call it that because my readers haven’t read it yet and I’ll certainly have to make a few changes. But the bulk of the work is done. I’ll pitch it next month at the ACFW writer’s conference and see if it floats. What is of vital importance, and where I have stumbled in the past, is that I jump immediately into the next project. I know some writers like to take a week or so off. But if …


Such a Time as This

Posted On Jul 24 2013 by

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately (dangerous, I know). I find myself wondering what exactly it is I’m supposed to be doing with the time God has given me on this planet. I am a writer, despite my best efforts to claim a title attached to a more profitable lifestyle. Yes, my degree says “engineer” and that’s how I’ve made my living, but I’m one of the 85% of Americans who’ve realized that they’ve made a wrong turn somewhere. Don’t get me wrong. I’ve made a good life from my career and do a pretty good job, but …


Trial by facebook

Posted On Jul 14 2013 by

We’ve witnessed something bizarre in our age. Since 1990 or so, we are the first generation that has the ability to watch just about any major event as it unfolds, anywhere in the world. This in and of itself is not a bad thing. What makes it disturbing is when anyone with a TV, computer, or smartphone feels they should be able to cast a vote and decide the fate of men and nations. I’ve never commented on the Zimmerman trial, nor will I now. I wasn’t there. I wasn’t selected for the jury. My only knowledge of the case …


My Southern Writer’s Voice

Posted On Jun 11 2013 by

I think I’ve finally found my writer’s voice. And despite my Michiganian heritage, he has a southern accent. Seriously…anyone else have this–I won’t call it a problem–oddity? It occurred to me as I’m going through my protag’s dialogue. Since my protags always have the most in common with their creator (me…not that Creator), their voice closely matches my writer’s voice. I wonder if I should give my writer’s voice a name… I digress. Anyway, I’m going through my protag’s dialogue and suddenly realize he’s talkin’ with a southern accent. So naturally I had to change his birthplace to Virginia. And, …