Coming soon… Coffin Hop 2014!!!

Coming soon... Coffin Hop 2014!!!

Coming soon… Coffin Hop 2014!!!

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“Moby Me” Whiteboard Wednesday

Moby Me

Today’s Whiteboard Wednesday depicts “Moby Me”, a science fiction flash story I wrote for the Iron Writer Challenge. You can read the 500 word story by clicking on the image or on the title above.

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Iron Writer Tournament “Family Reunion” Whiteboard Wednesday!

Family Reunion Whiteboard WednesdayWhat is THIS Whiteboard Wednesday about? Well, go read my story, “Family Reunion” on the Iron Writer site. If you see this on October 8, 2014, GO NOW and vote for me, if you like my story best! (Please!)

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I am in the Iron Writer 2014 Autumn Equinox Open – J K Rowling Bracket!

As it turns out, my story, “Knight at the Drive-thru” won Challenge 75 – Grudge Match #7, so I was entered in the 2014 Autumn Equinox Open – J K Rowling Bracket! Please go read the stories and vote for mine, if you like it best!

JK RowlingJ K Rowling Bracket



Stockholm Syndrome

Something found on a deceased body that would be an embarrassment to the family

Told from the point of view of an interview of someone not yet born


E. Chris Garrison, Colin Foote Burch, A. Francis Raymond

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RJ Sullivan and the Magical Mermaid Mug – Whiteboard Wednesday!

RJ and the Magical Mermaid Mug

My buddy RJ Sullivan, the man and his mug.

Okay, so it’s not Wednesday. But this is a special occasion. Click on the picture to hear the legend of the Magical Mermaid Mug, and to hear about an event that you don’t want to miss on October 3rd, 2014!!!

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Forget the haters: Why I love National Novel Writing Month #amwriting #nanowrimo

(this rant was written for the Nindy / NaNoWriMo Indianapolis group on Facebook, reposted here for your amusement)

Alphasmart Neo

The right tool for the job of pounding out words… and NO FACEBOOKING!

So, in another Facebook writing group, this anti- NaNoWriMo piece resurfaced. It made me mad when I first saw it, and it made me mad again today.

Why? Because it degrades something wonderful. Sure, NaNoWriMo encourages quantity over quality, but so what? I went almost 39 years of my life without writing a novel. And yet, growing up, I always admired authors, wanted to write my own novel.

I just didn’t think I COULD.

NaNoWriMo changed that. I wrote my first novel, FOUR ‘TIL LATE, in 2007. Since then, it’s been revised and edited and published by a small press, along with the other two books in the TRILOGY. Another small press publisher put out another NaNo novel of mine, REALITY CHECK. Two more NaNo novels are set to be published within a year, and I am writing another in that series this November.

How is that a waste of time? How is it a waste of time, even if you never publish the results of November? How is scrapbooking a waste of time, or knitting, or learning a musical instrument? If you love to write, why not write a novel in a month? Why NOT challenge yourself?

And some will say, “that’s fine for a hobbbyist, but what about professionals?”

To them I say, everyone has to start somewhere. You don’t step onto the job as a concert pianist without learning to play the piano first. And learning to play an instrument takes practice. And practice only happens by DOING it, not by talking about it. So it is with any skill, especially writing.

Of course, practicing writing in a vacuum is only going to get you so far. You have to show it to others, get feedback. Better yet, find (or form) a critique group. But if you never learn to finish things, you won’t even get so far as to learn to get better, and NaNoWriMo teaches us that we CAN finish things.

So ignore the haters. If you want to write, then WRITE. I am.

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Caught on camera: the #Imaginarium prankster! (Whiteboard Wednesday)

Caught on camera: The Imaginarium Prankster!

Caught on camera: The Imaginarium Prankster!

At 4pm on Friday of Imaginarium, the Crowne Plaza Airport Hotel Louisville was evacated, not long after the inaugural Imaginarium Convention had started. A quick-thinking attendee caught this blue fire sprite in the act! He is wanted for questioning.

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