Writing the YA Novel

Posted On Jun 2 2014 by

  A funny thing happened while in the midst of my current work-in-first-draft, Camp Dogs, I wrote in a 16 year-old girl. I named her Juli. I gave Juli just about the worst life I could imagine. But Juli is strong. She’s a leader, she just doesn’t know it yet. And despite having her childhood torn from her by a poor excuse for a mother and a long line of even poorer excuses for men, she’s gonna do okay. Juli (which is German for July, by the way), is not the protagonist for Camp Dogs. Though, after finishing the first …


Visiting Heaven

Posted On May 27 2014 by

I’m going to out myself right here and now–I’m a Near Death Experience junkie. I’ll understand if a few of you move to a different lunch table. But I’m going to go out on the proverbial limb here and suggest that I’m not alone. After all, has there ever lived a human who didn’t wonder what waited for us after we’re done with these disappointing husks of shriveling skin and receding hair? We can argue the validity of NDEs from now until we verify the claims first-hand. Not my job. Like UFO and Bigfoot sightings, we’re often left with the …


What I’m Reading and Writing

Posted On Apr 14 2014 by

I’ve always been a fan of YA. I think it’s because, when you write from the point of view of a teenager, you’re not so limited in perspective. We allowed our minds to run wild when we were young. Often with disastrous results, to be sure, but what made for traumatic childhood experiences makes for great fiction. This week I’m listening to The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Gothgirl by Barry Lyga. So far I’m into the story. I love the hero. As the kid who worked very hard at avoiding all the other kids who wanted to torture me in …


A Writer’s Year in Review

Posted On Dec 29 2013 by

2013 was an especially unattractive year. I, personally, have gained back about 20 of the 40 pounds I lost a few years ago. My recent purchase of P90X3 should solve that problem, though the Kitchen Aid mixer ice-cream attachment I bought my wife for Christmas may present obstacles. Moving right along, since my birthday falls at the end of the year, the Gregorian calendar lines up nicely with my life calendar. So I’ll present my annual report in tandem with my State of the Universe report. The death of dystopian fiction was announced shortly after the movie release of Catching …


The Day After

Posted On Dec 26 2013 by

I think it sometime around my 30th year upon this earth that I stopped suffering the post-Christmas blues. I think, in part, it was about then that I accepted Jesus Christ into my life and understood that I celebrated His birth and life every day. But it was also because I began to challenge myself in the year ahead. I stopped looking at what had past and started looking at what lie before me. I get a double whammy of introspection because my birthday falls on December 30th (Amazon gift cards are always welcome). This year we celebrate a quick …


The Rule of 5

Posted On Dec 17 2013 by

Today I’m posting over at Writer…Interrupted. Are you setting some writing goals for 2014? You should! And one of them should be to improve the area in which you lack the most. The Rule of 5 is your ticket to to being the best writer you can be. Read more…