Monday, October 27, 2014

COVER REVEAL: Falling from the Light

My good friend and fellow writer Regan Summers is releasing the third book in her Night Runner series, Falling from the Light, next month and I have the honor of showing off the cover.

Lookee here:

Sweet cover, right?

Now click this link to pre-order the book.

Go. Do it.


You want to know what this one's about?

Okay. Here's the blurb:
Phoenix, AZ

All Sydney Kildare wants is a minute in the slow lane, some time to decide where she's going with her vampire lover, Malcolm Kelly. But after sitting out the last battle, the powerful Master Bronson is giving orders again, and he isn't above blackmailing his former courier to get what he wants.

With Mal sent to track a vicious killer, Syd is forced to infiltrate a pharmaceutical company responsible for a drug that turns vampires into real monsters. She's unprepared and alone, but fiercely determined. If her investigation doesn't satisfy the Master, Malcolm will pay the price. A wrong turn throws her into the middle of a vampire power play. Caught between twisting forces, with their freedom at stake, she'll have to decide what's more important: love, power or revenge. But choosing what feels right might turn out all wrong.
Got that?


Now go pre-order.

And you're already reading her stuff, right?  Right?


You're not?

Shame on you!


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Women With Weapons Wednesday: Kim Rhode

Kim Rhode - American double trap and skeet shooter

Kim is a 5-time Olympic Medalist, 22-time World Cup medalist, and 14-time USA Shooting National Champ.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014


The serial will now take a short break and will return on December 1st.

If you're subscribed, you'll get the new episode/installment delivered straight to your email inbox or RSS Feed reader.

Thursday, October 2, 2014


In case you missed it, "Stand Off," Part 10 is live at the serial site.

Head over there to read it.

If you've completely missed the previous installments, start reading the episode now.

If you need to catch up on other previous episodes, find all of Season 2 at the Archives or purchase the Season 2 "boxed set."

Monday, September 22, 2014

Friday, September 19, 2014

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Women With Weapons Wednesday: Gretel

Gretel - Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters

Monday, September 15, 2014

KAT AND MOUSE on Patreon

It's official. I've launched a Patreon campaign for the serial.

What is Patreon?

Patreon is a platform that allows fans to support creators by becoming patrons. Sponsors, essentially. It's slightly different from other crowdfunding in that you (the sponsor) aren't backing a single event or product. You're supporting an ongoing stream of work.

Operative word: "ongoing."

For example, a weekly webcomic.

Or in this case, the KAT AND MOUSE serial.

So What's the Campaign All About?

Despite having ideas for other stories and projects, KAT AND MOUSE is what I truly love to write. I have tons of adventures in store for our Ladies. As of this post, Season 3 has been roughly sketched out and I'm currently writing Season 3, Episode 3. I've got story ideas that go into Season 4, Season 5, and beyond. At roughly 10 episodes per season, we're looking at at least 30 more episodes in the making--that's Season 3 through 5. With potentially more after Season 5.

And that's on top of the two dozen episodes already out.

So I don't forsee any end just yet to the adventures of our Duo.

Here's the thing--what I hope to be able to do is to write and post these adventures on a regular basis. That means a new installment every Monday without fail (with a break on Christmas week because holidays and family).

In order to do that properly requires a measure of financial stability.

Easy enough when the serial started out back in 2008.

Not so easy when I got downsized in 2011.

Remember those hiatuses I took?

Financial instability. First from being unemployed for more than a year. Then being employed but at a far, far lower pay and followed by other financial kicks in the groin. All leading to stress and bouts of short-term depression.

And relegating the serial to the lowest priority.

Because it's really difficult to concentrate on writing when you're worried about how to squeak through the month and still have enough to eat and keep the lights on and a roof over your head.

So what I'm looking to do with this campaign is to put an end to that instability and get to a point where I can write the serial full-time without having to worry about all that.

How Can You Help?

The serial is free to read at the site, will remain free to read at the site, and I'll continue to write and post as schedules and stress-levels allow.

But if you'd like to help out, you can be a patron of the serial for as little as $1 a month.

That's less than a tall mocha at Starbucks!

And if you'd like to sponsor the serial for a little bit more than $1 a month, you are free to do so.

With enough financial backing, I can produce the serial on a regular basis and not have to worry about all that stuff I talked about earlier.

Head over to the Patreon page for all the details.

There's even swag for those of your "upper-level" sponsors.

Just puttin' it out there.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Today's Tour Stop: Impudent Hatchlings

Today's stop on the Book Blog Tour is with fellow writer Hillary Jacques at her blog, Impudent Hatchlings, where I talk about my writerly influences.

And it's not exactly what you might think.

Big thank you to Hillary for hosting us today!

Head on over to the blog to check out the guest post!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Today's Tour Stop: Fleas of a 1,000 Camels

Late update but here we go...

Today's stop on the Book Blog Tour is with fellow writer (and Absolute Write compatriot) Sean at his blog, Fleas of a 1,000 Camels, where I partake in another round of questionings and answerings.

Big thank you to Sean for hosting us today!

And contrary to what he might have said, the fedora was not too tight. It fit just fine.

Head on over to the blog to check out the interview!

[FROM THE ARCHIVES] Four Tips For Writing Serial Fiction

Since I've been "touring" to promote the Season 2 boxed set release of KAT AND MOUSE, I thought it would be fitting to talk about serialized fiction today. After all, KAT AND MOUSE is serialized fiction. In particular, I wanted to talk about things to keep in mind when writing serialized fiction.

So I've dug out this gem from the archives which was originally a piece I had at

I give you...

Four Tips For Writing Serial Fiction

Looking to write serial fiction?

You're in good company.

Serial fiction has its roots in the dime novels and penny dreadfuls of the 19th Century, the novels of Charles Dickens and Alexandre Dumas (The Count of Monte Cristo was originally published in eighteen parts), and many of the pulp magazine stories of the 20s and 30s.

With the widespread use of blogs and blogging, serial fiction is making a comeback in many circles.

If you want to write serial fiction well, there are four keys to keep in mind:
  • Finish the story first

  • Write to a cliffhanger

  • Keep 'em short

  • Move it, move it, move it



This is important.

Having a completed story means you've already dealt with all the various plot and story elements that arise during writing. You know the hero's motivation and goal. You know what the villain is going to do. You know who killed the rich industrialist. You've worked out the various tangles and red herrings. And you've got the ending.

This also means that you aren't going to be revising your story as you release the installments. Not something you want to do and I strongly advise against it.

Have a fully written story first.

That takes care of the overall aspect of your serial.

Now, let's look at the pieces that make up the finished story.


You want your readers coming back. Period.

The best way is to write to a cliffhanger.

Now, that doesn't imply that your characters are always going to be in harm's way at the end of each installment (although that is the time-honored way). It could also be as simple as a plot twist. For example, the boon companion turns out to be the traitor. The promising clue turns out to be a dead end.

You get the picture.


This is a personal rule of thumb, but I find it extremely effective. Most blogging experts advise keeping your blog posts around 500 words. For a serial, I advise at least 800 words on the short end and no longer than 1200 words. 800 words is plenty of time and space for a scene.

Additionally, you don't want to assault the reader with a huge block of text, especially on their monitor. That looks daunting and will likely make your potential reader click away.

Instead, go short.

Your readers will thank you.

Which brings us to our last key...


Your story needs to move. Remember: it's a story. Not a travelogue. Not an architectural review. Not a lecture.

Story. Always a story.

If you're thinking of spending 2000 words describing your main character's ornate gown or on the sociopolitical history of the elven kingdom she's visiting, don't do it. Stop. Right now. You will lose your reader.

This is an excellent tip on handling exposition and info-dumps in general but it is vitally important in serial fiction. You don't want to lose your reader. You want to keep them reading.

As a corollary to this, keep navel gazing to a minimum. Use it only to reveal character or some facet of a character or situation. Even then, keep it short and sweet.

And keep your story moving forward.

* * *

There you go, Gang. My tips for writing serial fiction.

One thing I didn't cover in the original article was the platform for the serial story. It's up to you whether you use Blogger, Wordpress, Drupal, or hand-code the site in HTML/CSS. I won't get into the technical stuff of any of those platforms.

Totally your choice.

But the basic tips I outlined above still stand.

Any questions? Post a comment and let me know.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Today's Tour Stops: Keiko Online and The Far Side of Nowhere

We've got two stops today on the Book Blog Tour!

First up, we're at D.L. Owen's blog, Keiko Online, where I partake in more questionings and answerings.

And then we're on to Kerri Townsend's blog, The Far Side of Nowhere, where I talk about writing in a dead genre.

Big thank yous to D.L. and Kerri for hosting us today!

Head on over to each blog to check out the interview and the guest post!

And do stay tuned and watching the blog. There are three more stops just around the corner.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Today's Tour Stop: Diane Dooley's Blog

Today's stop on the Book Blog Tour is Diane Dooley's blog where I partake in some questionings and answerings.

A big thank you to Diane for hosting us today!

Head on over there to check out the interview.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Women With Weapons Wednesday: Lara Croft

Lara Croft - Tomb Raider

Today's Tour Stop #2: Clarkson Punk

Today's stop on the Book Blog Tour is ClarksonPunk where I talk about a "new" sub-set of New Punk: Cyberpunk Pulp.

A big thank you to AJ for hosting us today!

Head on over there to check out my guest post.

Today's Tour Stop: The Wandering Quille

Today's stop on  the Book Blog Tour is The Wandering Quille where I talk about "speedbumps" on the writing road.

A big thank you to Maggie for hosting us today!

Head on over there to check out my guest post.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Today's Tour Stop: Tiffany Allee's Blog

Today's stop on  the Book Blog Tour is Tiffany Allee's blog where we are talking about webfiction serials.

A big thank you to Tiffany for hosting us today!

Head on over there to check out my guest post.

And be sure to check out Tiffany's urban fantasy/paranormal romance books. She's got some good stuff out there.

In Which We Go On (Virtual) Tour

UPDATED: 9/3/14  
With the Season 2 boxed set of KAT AND MOUSE out in the wilds, I will be hopping around the blogosphere to promote the book with some guest posts and interviews.

Here's the schedule:
9/2/14: Tiffany Allee's blog
9/3/14: The Wandering Quille
9/4/14: ClarksonPunk
9/6/14: K. L. Townsend's blog

There are more stops to come so check back on this page for updates.

(photo: By Ilya Plekhanov (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons)

Monday, September 1, 2014


That's right, Gang!

The KAT AND MOUSE, GUNS FOR HIRE Season 2 boxed set is now available.

Yes, the season is still running over at the serial site.

You now have the option of following the upcoming installments.

Or, get the rest of the season right now.

And I will be doing a book blog tour over the next several days so stay tuned to the blog for details.

Things are heating up for near-future female mercenaries Kat and Mouse as they tackle even more hair-raising jobs for shadowy clients and run afoul of terrorists, freedom fighters, hired assassins, a Japanese crime syndicate, and warring punkergangs. And smack in the middle of this, an enemy from the past is back and wants revenge on the duo.

Now these two sassy sisters-in-arms must fight back and survive...and still get their jobs done.

Available from:

Friday, August 29, 2014

When Writers Spread Lies

I recently came across this blog post, "Pistol Packin' Mommas," and my first reaction was: "Awesome! This should be fun and probably informative!"

Because "informative" is what I think of when I see the words "pistol packin' mommas."

After all, I write stories about "pistol packin' mommas."

And then I read the post.

And I got annoyed.

The actual intention of the post, I think, can be found in these lines:
Bottom line, guns make me nervous....

Nevertheless, despite my jitters, I plan to learn to handle guns for the sake of my mystery series....

For Lottie Albright's sake (protagonist in my series) I'll learn to shoot. But as Charlotte Hinger, I doubt that I'll ever learn to like it.
That's all well and good. It's not for me to force anyone to like guns. If they like it, great. If they want one, great.

If they don't like them and don't want one, great.

And if that person is a writer who wants to learn how to shoot and handle guns for their WIP but they personally don't care for guns, that's their business.

But here's the thing: Hinger's post perpetuates a number of lies and misconceptions about guns and those that have/use them. And those lies and misconceptions tend to be accepted by most as "truth."

It's one thing to not care for guns but to do the research anyway in order to add realism to gun use in a story and then write a post about it.

It's an entirely different thing to write a post about it and at the same time continue to spout lies and misconceptions surrounding gun use/ownership.

From the post:
Colorado has a liberal conceal and carry policy. It's easy to get a hand gun permit.
If by "easy" Hinger means "anyone off the street who applies for a permit can get one," that's not true.

But that's one of those things that gets passed around and accepted as "truth" as I mention above.

In Colorado, to get a concealed carry permit you have to apply to the sheriff of the county you live in and pass these requirements (according to CRS 18-12-203):
1. Colorado resident
2. Age 21 or older
3. Not precluded by state or federal law from owning or possessing a firearm (e.g. felony conviction, mentally incompetent)
4. Does not chronically or habitually abuse alcohol
5. Is not an unlawful user of or addicted to controlled substances
6. Is not the subject of a civil or criminal restraining order
7. Complete background check, including fingerprint verification by FBI/CBI
8. Demonstrates competence with a handgun by one of the following means:
a. evidence of experience with a firearm through participation in organized shooting competitions or current military service
b. certified firearms instructor
c. honorable discharge from the Armed Forces within past three yearss
d. proof of pistol qualification in Armed Forces within past ten years, if discharged
e. retired law enforcement with pistol qualification within past ten years
f. proof of completion of a handgun training class within the past ten years
The fee for the license is $105.00 and you will be fingerprinted and undergo a felony background check (which means if you fail to pass Requirements #3, #6, and/or #7 above, you won't get a permit).

"Easy to get a permit," right?

Another from the post:
But here's the thing. Recently a man shot a car load of teenagers because he didn't like their loud music. In another incident a father was killed in a theatre for texting his kid. The idea that a person has license to shoot someone because he finds the other individual annoying is ludicrous.
Actually, the ludicrous part is this:
The idea that a person has license to shoot someone because he finds the other individual annoying
A person does not have a license to shoot someone he finds annoying. According to Colorado law, that's second degree murder:
(b) Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph (a) of this subsection (3), murder in the second degree is a class 3 felony where the act causing the death was performed upon a sudden heat of passion, caused by a serious and highly provoking act of the intended victim, affecting the defendant sufficiently to excite an irresistible passion in a reasonable person (C.R.S. 18-3-103(3)(b))
Furthermore, having a concealed carry license is not a license to shoot anyone. The license allows the licensee to carry a handgun concealed on their person for the purpose of self-defense.

If you do decide to shoot someone, they better be coming at you with with the intent of hurting you badly. Otherwise, you have no cause to shoot them. (More on this later in the post.)

Let's look at one more from the post:
I'm very ambivalent about guns. I have a small collection of shotguns and rifles owned by my late husband. I don't have any handguns, but I believe I have the right, indeed the obligation, to defend myself if someone breaks into my home or intends to do me bodily harm. Still...I simply can't bring myself to buy a hand gun or get a license or whatever is required for a conceal and carry permit.
Ambivalence with a gun will get you killed. Especially if you're trying to defend yourself from a home invasion.

Yes, you can believe you
have the right, indeed the obligation, to defend myself if someone breaks into my home or intends to do me bodily harm.
But the mere fact you are ambivalent about guns speaks to a mindset toward the use of guns.

And if you have a mindset that causes you to second guess or hesitate at that critical moment, you will be another statistic.

Belief is one thing.

Constant practice and cultivation of the proper personal defense mindset is critical and key.

If you have decided to purchase a gun for personal defense, to protect you and your family from assault and/or home invasion, then I believe it is vital you put in the time and practice; you must learn about your particular firearm and how it works, you must learn the proper mental and legal response to a violent situation (i.e., when to shoot vs. when not to shoot, what to say when you call law enforcement, etc.), you must go to the range and practice proper firearm handling techniques (and if you can't get to the range, there's dry-fire practice), you must practice hitting the target in the proper place every single time, you must practice shooting from various positions, you must practice drawing from concealment, you must practice your response to that "bump in the night," etc.

First and foremost, you have to come to terms with the stark fact that, if it comes to it, you will be shooting, likely injuring, possibly killing another human being.

If that's not your thing, don't buy a gun for personal defense.


* * *

Am I making a big thing about this?

Yes, I am.

Why am I making a big thing about this?

Because I'm gun people and these are the kinds of things we gun people have to deal with from non-gun people.

Ignorance of gun information and issues? I don't have a problem with that. I will eagerly provide you with information I have and show you where to get more information about.

But information based on what the Media, Hollywood, TV, politicians, and gun control groups tell you? That kind of thing leads to the lies and misconceptions I just pointed out. That kind of thing leads the majority of non-gun people to believe we gun people are all ignorant, ultra-conservative, Bible-thumping, racist, knuckle-dragging rednecks/old white people.

Sorry. I am Asian with light-brown skin, college-educated, do not belong to an organized religion, value civil liberties, favor small government, and my knuckles drag only when I'm on all fours.

So, yes, I'm making a big thing about this.

My point: learn about the proper mechanics of guns and gun use if your story warrants it and post about what you've learned to aid other writers.

But don't go spreading lies and misinformation.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Friday, August 22, 2014

In Which Our Protagonist Ponders A Bit

 Last Saturday's little rant and Wednesday afternoon's post got me thinking about revisiting a topic I thought I had closed the door on.

I won't say any more at the moment 'cuz I want to do a little more pondering.

And planning.

Pondering and planning.

Stay tuned.

(photo: silegl69 (Mario Sanchez)/stock.xchng)

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Comfort Books and the Joy of Re-Reading

Every year (or every two years, depending on what Life is doing to me), without fail, I re-read one particular book.

Actually, it's one particular series.

The Belgariad by David Eddings.

In fact, I'm re-reading the series now.

I believe I have re-read it at least two dozen times.

I first picked up The Belgariad back in the mists of antiquity. Summer 1987, if memory serves.

We were on vacation down in the L.A. area for about a week visiting relatives. My aunt and uncle had taken us out to lunch someplace and then spirited us to the Glendale Galleria. The first thing I did, as I always did when visiting any mall, was head directly to the bookstore.

To Waldenbooks.

At that time, Waldenbooks was one of two popular bookstore chains (the other being B. Dalton). I always liked Waldenbooks. Our local mall had both stores but Waldenbooks was always more inviting than B. Dalton. I think it might've been the decor. B. Dalton (the one in our mall) always seemed spartan compared with Waldenbooks which, to me, was bursting with books.

Not only that, but Waldenbooks had the Otherworlds Club, which catered to sci-fi/fantasy readers like me and offered discounts on selected titles. And a really cool paper newsletter that came out, IIRC, once a month.

So there I was, on an upper floor of the Galleria, making my way past the mall shoppers, and diving directly into Waldenbooks and the sci-fi/fantasy section.

Some months earlier, a high school classmate and fellow sci-fi/fantasy fan named George asked if I'd ever read a book called Pawn of Prophecy. When I told him I hadn't, he immediately grabbed me by the shoulders and said, "You have got to read this!" and proceeded to gush about the book and the series it belonged to, The Belgariad.

By this point in my fantasy reading adventures I had read Papa Tolkien's magnum opus, Lloyd Alexander's novels about Prydain, The Sword of Shannara, and the Narnia books. Plus I was an ardent D&D gamer.

So I liked fantasy fiction and all that went along with it. I figured I'd give the book a try.

So I picked up the first novel, Pawn of Prophecy, and later that night after dinner and conversation with the relatives, settled into the bed in my aunt and uncle's spare room. I figured I'd read a little bit before bed and then get a good night's rest. Tomorrow was Universal Studios and I was jazzed about that.

When I next looked at the clock, thinking "Hey, it's probably late, I should go to bed," it was 1:30am, four and a half hours later, and I was three-quarters of the way through the book.

I finished the book the following evening.

Before we went home from vacation, I asked to go to the Galleria a second time and bought the second book of the series, Queen of Sorcery, to read on the drive back.

I finished the second book two days later.

Bought the other three books of The Belgariad and finished those within the space of a month and a few days.

Beginning my second year in college I started to re-read the series, going through all five books usually in about two months, and kept up the practice at least once a year. I vaguely recall a few instances that I read the series twice in one year, with a four to five month gap between readings.

Why re-read it?

It's my comfort book.

I've heard people complain the writing is pedestrian, the story trite and overdone, and the characters flat and stereotypical.

But I find Eddings to be a captivating storyteller. The moment I begin Chapter One of Pawn of Prophecy and read the words "The first thing the boy Garion remembered was the kitchen at Faldor's farm" I am immediately sucked into the pages of my well-worn, slightly yellowed copy and swept away into Garion's world, lost inside a realm of intrigue, magic, and high adventure.

Even after all these re-readings there are still passages that make me smile, snicker, shudder, and/or cheer heartily. Yes, I know how the story turns out. Yes, I know what's coming next in the narrative. Yes, I know the characters will go here or go there and this event will take place.

But I still find myself getting caught up in the tale and "forgetting" what comes next.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have to get back to reading.

Your turn: What's your favorite book to re-read?

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

When Women Wield Weapons...!

Those beweaponed females are back.

Since I've been somewhat lax in updating the blog, I decided to revive Women With Weapons Wednesdays as a start to (hopefully) more regular (or at least semi-regular) posting.

As you may know, I tend to write about ass-kicking women who wield a wide variety of lethal implements. Things that go bang. Things that stab. Things that go boom.

Back in July of last year, I started showcasing such women here.

I stopped when I had a meltdown, did one more post in the series, then stopped.

So now we resume.

Starting tomorrow.

Monday, August 18, 2014


As you may have noticed, I've been doing some tweakage* of the blog and the website in an attempt to make sure my "author brand" is consistent.

See that?

"Author brand."

I'm getting all serious and stuff.

Really, though, it's just my way of getting back into gear after the recent Life Change.

Back to the grindstone, as they say.

Please bear with me as I fiddle with settings and layout and such.

*Yes, "tweakage" is so a word...

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Progress Notes

KAT AND MOUSE: Tales of Episode #301 & #302
Preliminary edits and revisions done and back from LadyAce. On to the next round.

KAT AND MOUSE: Tales of Episode #303
This ep is in the middle of getting outlined. It was actually a "throwaway suggestion" from fellow writer Regan Summers on Twitter. I can't remember the exact details of the conversation but it ended with the phrase "Kung Pao Killshot" and the idea that Kat and Mouse had to deal with Bay City's Triad gang(s). A further conversation with LadyAce turned up some story details.

And now I'm hashing out the storyline.

Hopefully ready to begin writing next week.

And, yes, that's the title of the episode. "Kung Pao Killshot."

Sword & Sorcery Yarn
This one floated back up to the surface earlier this week and started waving its arms for attention. I'd been having issues with the story flow and couldn't seem to make a dent in it.

So I went back to my worldbuilding and story notes and finally worked through a structural issue that had been keeping the story from moving ahead.

I now have something to hang the tale on and will be outlining in the next couple of days.


(photo: abcdz2000/stock.xchng)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

KAT AND MOUSE Announcement

Let it be known: KAT AND MOUSE Season Two "boxed set" will be available on September 1st.

Mark your calendars.

I'll be starting work on preparing promo stuff in the next week or so. Possibly a blog tour/guest posting somewhere, to take place during Release Week.

Nothing definite at the moment. Still working out details.

If you'd like to get involved, drop me an email.

And, yes--the boxed set will come out before the season finishes at the serial site.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Progress Notes

KAT AND MOUSE: Tales of Episode #301
Draft is done and beginning Round 1 of edits/revisions.

KAT AND MOUSE: Tales of Episode #302
Plotting #302.

Sword & Sorcery Yarn/Military SF Yarn
I spoke with my brain and it said these will be on hold until further notice.

Looks like K&M is at the forefront for the time being.

Which is good news for K&M readers everywhere.

(photo: abcdz2000/stock.xchng)

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy 4th of July!

"Here's to America's colors, the colors that never run.  May the wings of Liberty never lose a feather."

Have a safe and happy 4th of July, Folks.

(photo: The Expired Meter)

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Progress Notes

KAT AND MOUSE: Tales of Episode #301
We have begun work on Season 3.

Despite some haphazard and inconsistent writing time since mid-May, we are currently at:

2,724 / 6,000
and slowly cranking along.

Sword & Sorcery Yarn
This one appears to be on hold for one reason or another. I'll have to check back with my brain to see what it's doing with this.

Military SF Yarn
Also on hold despite thinking I was about to get started on this one. Also need to check with my brain to see what's going on here.

(photo: abcdz2000/stock.xchng)

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

No. Not Dead.

Really. I'm not.

Between the last blog entry and this one, LadyAce and I packed up our household and moved 800 miles from the San Francisco East Bay to the Greater Seattle-Tacoma area.

So for the last several weeks, things have been rather busy. Packing up. Driving up to Washington State. (Yes, we drove.) Moving in. Unpacking.

The Ladies did return on May 19th. Thanks to the miracle of scheduled blog posts, I was able to break up the last three episodes of Season Two into installments, load them into the blog machine, and let them go live on their scheduled dates.


Ain't technology grand?

Things are only just starting to wind down a tad. There's still the work of finding myself a day job, though. LadyAce managed to score one before we moved up so she was all set once were got into town.

Now it's my turn.

Hopefully while I'm in the middle of the job hunt I'll also be getting back to some sort of semi-irregular posting schedule here on the blog.

Not to mention getting some writing done.

And then there's the Season Two "boxed set" to take care of.

Lots of things ahead.

I'll keep all-y'all posted.

Saturday, April 26, 2014


I'm making it official for those of you following this blog: KAT AND MOUSE the serial returns to the Interwebz.

As I mentioned at the serial's site, episodes will resume on May 19th.

These will be the last three episodes of Season Two.

Which means Season Three is right around the corner.

And which means that the Season Two "boxed set" is also right around the corner. I'm thinking possibly mid-June. More to come on that.

If you're subscribed to the serial, the latest installment will hit your email or RSS feed starting the 19th and every Monday thereafter. If you haven't subscribed yet, click here to find out how to get the newest installments delivered right to you.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Progress Notes

KAT AND MOUSE: Tales of Episode #208, #209, #210
Done, done, and done.

And they've all come back from LadyAce and her Red Pen of Editing Goodness with little to no scratches. Just a few bits and bobs to fix. Nothing major.

Which means the serial is back on track.

Which means I'll be spending some time queuing up the installments.

Which means the Season Two "boxed set" is just 'round the corner.

Details on the season return forthcoming. Same with the boxed set release date.

KAT AND MOUSE: Tales of Extra-ness
A throwaway comment by fellow writer bud Regan Summers spawned an idea for a quick K&M escapade. I had originally intended this to be a stand-alone adventure, maybe even a "prequel," taking place before Season One.

I now believe this will actually be a Season 3 episode.

Sword & Sorcery Yarn
Yes, I've got one in the pipe. Work now resumes.

This one is asking to be written so I will do just that.

(photo: abcdz2000/stock.xchng)

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Am I Dead?

No. Still alive and kicking.

Been busy with Stuff Outside Of Writing so my productivity has taken a bit of a beating.

Carry on.

I will, too.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Stephen King, How Could You?

Don't get me wrong. I've enjoyed a lot of King's novels and short fiction.

But dammit, Steve, I expected more from you. At the very least, I expect you to do your research.

In On Writing, he advises
On the whole, I think story belongs in front, but some research is ineveitable; your shirk it at your peril.
Well you shirked it here, buddy.

I recently finished Doctor Sleep, the sequel to The Shining, and a little story called "Mile 81."

While both were good reads (Doctor slightly bit better than "Mile"), in both cases I ran into a section that made my reading screech to a halt and kick me out of the story.

From Doctor Sleep:
He turned the basket so one end faced the newly arrived RV and flicked off the Glock's safety with his thumb.
From "Mile 81:"
As Jimmy approached the station wagon, he drew his Glock service automatic but left the safety on.

Glocks do not have external manual safeties.

Research Fail, sir.

Friday, February 21, 2014

In Which I Get Interviewed

No, silly--that's not me in the picture...
A month before I had my "personal incident," fellow AWer and writer bud Joshua Roots, author of Undead Chaos, interviewed me about KAT AND MOUSE for his blog.

You can read the interview here.

It was a lot of fun to do.

Big thanks to Josh for hosting me.

(photo: By Harless Todd, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The Nuked Platform

As I mentioned before, nothing's pre-planned around here.

No writing advice to dispense or SF/F industry news reports. Other folks do a far better job at that.

I'll announce stuff here when there's announce-y stuff to be had.

Otherwise, just random musings on random things..

Just so y'all know.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Escapist Fiction

It's what I write.

Escapist fiction. Brain candy. A literary popcorn movie.

I have no intention of exploring life's great unanswered questions or commenting on politics or social justice.


I'm here to write feel-good action movies on paper with running gun battles, big explosions, buddy comedy patter, chills, thrills, and spills.

I'm here to entertain you.

That's it.

Just so we're clear.

If you're looking for something more, I'm afraid you've come to the wrong place.

In Which Our Protagonist Had A Meltdown

Two weeks into 2014, after several months of wrestling with personal issues, an event occurred which triggered a personal meltdown. I won't get into all the sordid details but we'll just say I lost my shit.

As a result, I decided to give up on writing fiction.

I'd had it.

I'd had enough.

And I saw myself going down a dark path toward pain and total self-destruction.


Not gonna have any of that.

So I closed the door and walked away.

Shut down the website. The blog. The Goodreads. The Twitter.

The whole shebang.

I was done.



...or so I thought.

Four weeks and four days after bowing out, I woke up to that Inner Voice saying--yelling, actually--"YOU STUPID FRAKING IDIOT!!! WHAT THE HELL DO YOU THINK YOU'RE DOING?!? NUKE IT FROM ORBIT, GET YOU HEAD OUT OF YOUR ASS, AND GET BACK TO WORK!!!"

And it was right.

I was being an idiot.

That vision of me going down a dark path of pain and self-destruction?

Your standard bout of writerly insecurity.

Only this time it was a very intense bout.

But given the stress I've been under for most of the past year-and-a-half, it made sense.

Just the other day, on a random jaunt through the Internets, I came across this post by John Scalzi that turned out to be exactly what I needed to read.

For my online friends and fellow writer peeps who've been wondering what happened to me recently, now you know.


I'm back.

And ready to kick some writing ass.

Let's do this.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Monday, January 13, 2014

To My Online Friends...

...and fellow writing pals.

Thank you all for your friendship and support. You guys have been awesome.

I now bow out.

Thank you and goodnight.