Well, Guys, Theater 13 Radio is Off the Air

When I was thirteen I used to listen to a black and white transistor radio tucked under my pillow. One night I found a Chicago station and heard  The CBS Radio Mystery Theater hosted by E.G. Marshall. Just like that I was hooked. I fell in love with radio dramas and wanted to hear more. …

Long Week Finally Has a Good Ending

Yesterday I learned The Western Online accepted a short story of mine. This was a nice end to a pretty awful week and I needed some good news. I'm glad they liked it and I look forward to appearing in their magazine soon. It's a new Haxan story in which I tried to do something …

The Mithril Buddies – My Life in a D&D Gaming Group

I don't play Dungeons & Dragons anymore. Not because I don't like the game, but I don't think I will ever find a group as good as my old one. When I was living in Mississippi I got in touch with a group of guys and over the years we built up our group. Every …

Life is Getting in the Way of Writing

Got a lot to do today. Yesterday was busy, too. More than usual. Classical guitar and photography class took up most of the day yesterday. Today I am meeting my writing buddy at the coffee shop and will push to get this edit done on the new short story. At least whip it in recognizable …

Tension and Compromise, the Charybdis and Scylla of Art

Speaking only for myself, but I find it's important to find a workable balance between perfection and compromise. I was responding on a classical guitar forum earlier tonight and it got me to thinking about this problem in more detail. Not only how it affects facets of our lives, but, since this is primarily a …

Conventions I will attend this year, and my other writing plans.

Here is a list of conventions I plan to attend this year, along with some other things I expect to get working in the pipeline: MidSouthCon March 22-24 I used to go to this con all the time in Memphis with the guys in my gaming group. Probably too late for me to get on …

A Pretty Important Announcement (well, I think it’s important) about My Writing

Because of some stuff that happened I am now able to make a decision about my writing as it pertains to this year. Pretty simple, really. I am going balls out hit-the-firewall-and-push-it-farther for the year. This means many more conventions. Library readings. Postings. Some other new stuff on the horizon, including more stories published by …

I Don’t Do Resolutions, Except When I Do Resolutions

I don't do resolutions. I don't like limiting myself in that way. But there are things I want to concentrate on this year. I would be a fool not to view them and see how they might affect my life in the coming year. First, I will be taking classical guitar lessons starting next Monday. …

First Day of Rewrite and Edit … While Snow Falls Outside

Did 65 pages of edit and rewrite today. Haven't come across anything that was too difficult to handle. I see some little things I need to develop, but that can wait until the second rewrite, I think. So far so good. May do a little more tonight, but probably best to break off now. I'm …

The Border Trip: Rio Grande

Traveling along the border between Texas and Mexico means you travel along the Rio Grande. The river played a big part in the novel because it was analogous to the border that exists in a man's heart. Since the novel is primarily about a man finding himself, having a majority of the novel take place …

The Border Trip: Fort Davis Camping

Here are more pictures from what I have been calling my Border Trip. It's the trip I took from Laredo to Nogales in preparation to writing the novel I have just completed. The buttes in the distance are fantastic. Here is my campsite at Fort Davis. There was a lot of wildlife here, including javelinas …

Dust Storms Around Antelope Wells, New Mexico

When I was on my Border Trip earlier this year, researching the novel, I often ran into dust storms. Here are a few pictures of them. It was strange how they came in waves and would buffet the truck, clear off, then come again.     This was a pretty little church north of Antelope …

How I Wrote 85,000 words, from Laredo to Nogales, in 19 Days

I  finished the novel, and I am trying to process what it took, and what I went through. I would wake up at 3am, have coffee, write. I worked through the day. I did research and made notes. Sometimes I would go to bed at midnight. Most of the time I was asleep by 9 …

I Updated My Professional Web Page

I had the feeling for sometime my old web page was getting kind of bloated. Way too many pages and too much information crammed on each page made for a difficult reading experience. I have pared it down considerably and now have what I consider relevant and important information for a quick read/perusal. I still …

Chicon7: Last Update Post Thing Before I Leave for Dallas

Started a new Haxan short story last night and got about ten pages done. I always do this at a WorldCon, start a new story or poem or whatever. Good to see the streak has continued. This story is a dark fantasy and features Magra Snowberry, one of the principal characters of Haxan. Don't know …

Chicon7 Update: getting tired but still going

Last night I attended the Chizine party and had a really good time. Talked writing with Janet Harriet and made new friends. Also did some preliminary convention planning with Sandra Kasturi and Brett Savory, the owners of Chizine. Sandra Kasturi introduced me as a new Chizine author and mentioned the Haxan novel. I talked to …