Beyond the Castle

This is our view from the Beyond the Castle Archaeological Dig Site in Lancaster, England, led by archaeologist Jason Wood. I’m one of the volunteers than came to help with this exciting dig. Based on some geographical tests, recorded history, and nearby discoveries, they suspect the remains of a Roman Fort, dating back to the…

I Love My Life!

There have been very few times in my 46 years I’ve been able to say this: I love my life. I mean, I really, really love my life! I’ve never been happier than I’ve been since I came to the UK/EU seven months ago. Although there have been some rough times and some setbacks, they…

F*CK FEELINGS

F*CK FEELINGS, by Michael Bennet & Sarah Bennet, might’ve been the best purchase I’ve made all year. The book’s premise falls somewhere between Nihilism and Buddhism, which is exactly where I fall, so it speaks to me. It’s about “managing expectations, accepting limitations, and wrangling Assholes,” and it’s done in a very frank and often hilarious way…

An Open Letter To Benedict Cumberbatch

Dear Benedict, Last night, I saw you perform Hamlet for the second time. Unlike so many of those around me, I did not travel to London just to see this performance. I come to London every year because London is the city of my soul. Although I recognized your talent and have greatly enjoyed your…

Goodnight Sweet Prince: A Reflection on Hamlet

Last week, I had the absolute pleasure of seeing Hamlet at the Barbican Center, starring Benedict Cumberbatch. This show has been sold out for over a year. People fly in from all over the world just to see this performance because they are huge fans of Benedict Cumberbatch, mostly from his work in Sherlock.  Me?…

At Long Last: Spirit of the Otherworld

Although I wish this post was announcing the actual release of the fifth and final book in the Rowan of the Wood fantasy series, as originally planned for a Christmas 2013 release, I’m proud to at least unveil the cover of Spirit of the Otherworld: Rowan of the Wood, Book Five. For those of you…

Learning to Live + Yummy Recipe!

Over the past week, I’ve been reading about healthier diets pretty close to nonstop. I’ve been trying new recipes and creating some of my own, so I’d like to share those with my readers. The last few years have been extremely difficult. In summary, as I don’t want to bore you with my life story,…

Second Edition Now Available + Free Books to Writing Groups!

It’s out! It’s finally out! The SECOND EDITION to my Amazon bestselling Publishing and Marketing Realities for the Emerging Author is now available for purchase via paperback or download for your KINDLE (or Kindle App on smart phones, tablets, or computers). If you’ve got a Kindle Fire, you’ll even get color photographs and screen shots!…

Duotrope Strategy

As promised, here is another excerpt from my forthcoming second edition of Publishing & Marketing Realities for the Emerging Author: Getting the Most Out of Duotrope Especially now that it’s no longer free, take some time to get the most out of Duotrope by doing your research and being organized. Although they have their handy…

Do Duotrope!

(From my forthcoming 2nd Edition to Publishing and Marketing Realities for the Emerging Author) Duotrope lists virtually every market for short stories and provides a handy submission tracking device. I truly can’t recommend Duotrope highly enough. You can research markets by genre, pay, story length, and more. As you research, you can save particular markets…