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storytelling on a 3rd thursday

I’m blessed to live on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, which has a thriving community of authors, musicians, and artists.  Recently, I was invited to headline an evening of readings and music that’s held on the third Thursday of the month at a … Continue reading

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researching “ill”ness

One time, I was at a book signing, sitting next to my writer buddy Brent Lewis.  A lady came up, looked at the books we had available, and asked prices.  “How come that,” she said, pointing to Brent’s 120+ page … Continue reading

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i remember when rock was fun

Something’s been nagging at me while I’ve been writing my next novel, In Lonely Lands.  Alyx, the misfit 17-year old girl who is the protagonist, is a big fan of old-school hard rock, particularly bands from the 1980’s.  I’ve been … Continue reading

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sam’s song

As I mentioned in my first post about In Lonely Lands, my work-in-progress fantasy/horror novel, Sam Patterson, one of the main characters, is a 17-year old high-school student who, despite suffering from mild cerebral palsy, is bright, an avid gamer, and … Continue reading

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on the way to lonely lands

Part 2 of ? I’ve been steadily working on In Lonely Lands, a modern-day fantasy/horror novel that I described previously.  I outlined the plot using an Excel spreadsheet (which I’ll share with you–sans spoilers–some other time, for the benefit of … Continue reading

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making monsters meaningful, part 3

Previously, I had talked about what makes monsters scary; as well as how despite appearances to the contrary, monsters really only come in two types.  Now I’d like to share with you some monsters that scared me when I was … Continue reading

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making monsters meaningful, part 2

Previously, I had discussed what it is about monsters that (when done correctly), they frighten us.  And though you and I could sit here for hours and name numerous monsters from film, literature, myths, and legends, there are really only … Continue reading

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making monsters meaningful

In Lonely Lands, my next novel, is a modern-day fantasy/horror piece, so–of course–it will have monsters.  I’ve loved monsters since I was kid back in Phoenix, AZ: one of the local TV stations would broadcast old monster movies (Godzilla, Rodan, … Continue reading

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on the way to lonely lands

Part 1 of ? Over the last few weeks, I’ve been working on my next novel, a modern-day fantasy/horror piece with the working title of In Lonely Lands, and I’ll share with you some of my progress in this and … Continue reading

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“i will show you my faith by my works”

My literary idol is J.R. R. Tolkien, a lifelong Catholic who created the world of Middle Earth and developed his characters and stories–The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings being the best well-known–to depict the epic struggle of Good … Continue reading

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