Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Home World Series

When one has been writing as long as I have, over twenty-five years actually, one starts out with a clear vision in mind of where you want to go. Over time, the future wanders in the mind's eye. The majority of my work has been in the fantasy genre. As a matter of fact, the project after Star Eagle Six is revisiting book three of the Last Elf Prophesy series.

I have always felt there is a kindred spirit between the fantasy and sci-fi genres. Many who read one often read the other. So to that end, I proudly introduce the first novel of a new sci-fi series, Star Eagle Six. It is now available for purchase at Star Eagle Six, Amazon.com.

   The vastness that surrounds me is beyond my measure. I stare into the void safely tucked away within my cocoon, that which shelters me from the cold expanse of the universe. It is my only salvation. I stare blankly at the panel before me strung with instruments that are nothing but a memory. They call out their song but I do not recognize their words.
   The warmth of the yellow star that illuminates my cockpit falls away leaving me in cold shadow. I am a stranger to this space. My memory fails. I have no recollection of the events that have brought me to this point, this time. My future is a canvas as blank as my past. What is to happen to me? Where am I to go? Should this ship be my coffin or my salvation? I remember, I am at war ... Star Eagle Six, is anyone out there?

I sincerely hope everyone who reads this book truly enjoys it. Writers put their heart into every word penned (or typed) onto the paper. It's what we do. Every book should be an experience for the reader and I hope you truly enjoy this experience.

Saturday, January 23, 2016


Let's see now, the east coast of the United States is getting blasted with what many are saying is the largest storm in nearly one-hundred years. Up and down the eastern seaboard the major metropolises are paralyzed and it will be days or weeks until they dig out. This, is a major impact and not to be taken lightly ... sort of.

How many times though have we seen the world outside our door shut down almost at the mention of the word "snow". Hey, it's winter folks. The white stuff falls and it has ever since you've been alive. Why the heck does everyone panic like they've never seen it before? Why are we all shocked at this?

Times have changed and it wasn't always this way. When I was a kid, I think my high school shut down once due to weather, maybe twice. Now, three snow flakes get together to have a meeting and there is a two hour delay. I thought I'd put together a little chart as to how things used to be versus now.

1/2 inch:
 When I was a kid (WIWAK): It snowed?
 Now: Weather men on TV take off their coats and roll up their sleeves

1 inch:
WIWAK: That's not even enough for a good snowman
Now: Two hour delay for schools

2 inches:
 WIWAK: I'll have to shovel the driveway when I get home from school
 Now: Emergency Level One is declared

4 inches:
 WIWAK: My brother will have to help me shovel after school
 Now: Emergency Level Two is declared. Schools are cancelled

6 inches:
 WIWAK: I had to go shovel the neighbors driveways (they were older)
 Now: Emergency Level Three declared Every meeting across the city is cancelled

8 inches:
WIWAK: School is cancelled
Now: All grocery stores are picked clean like buzzards on a dead carcass

10 or more inches:
WIWAK: Okay, it's starting to get serious
Now: We're all gonna die !! (However, everyone goes outside anyway). Most common complaint: It's been a whole day and nobody's plowed my street yet.

Tomorrow I get to meet up with my cousins for my Uncle Jim's 94th birthday party. It will be fun. I'm sure my uncle will tell us how bad he had it in the winters of his youth. "Heck, we didn't even have TV to tell us it was snowing." I'm sure something like that is about to come my way.

Stay warm and stay safe and Happy Birthday Uncle Jim !


Saturday, January 2, 2016

Like a Boss !!

It's the new year, happy 2016 to everyone.

So, what does that mean? It means resolutions. It means changing our lives for the better. How do we do it? We make resolutions. Now, there's nothing wrong with making resolutions. There is something wrong with making unrealistic ones. I've always found the biggest changes happen with the smallest steps. One doesn't change one's life overnight. You won't lose 100 pounds in two months but you can start walking a mile per day above your normal travels. I won't look like Mr. Universe in three months but I can stick to my exercise routines to stay healthy in my old age.

The other obstacle many face is trying to do too much. No one can make ten high-demand resolutions and stick with them unless they plan to blow up their lives completely. Many of those obstacles are things one can't change due to the nature of life; job, family, etc. For me personally, I need to do things outside of my work. 2015 was a demanding year on the job. Due to circumstances in the company I work for, I averaged a day off from work about every eighteen to twenty days for nearly nine months. And the majority of those days were ten to twelve hour days. I also left two weeks of vacation time on the calendar I won't get back. But, it was what had to be done when it had to be done. It made life more difficult than it should have been and kept me away from home and My Beloved for many more hours than it should have.

With my work schedule hopefully back to a more normal routine, as much as can be expected in retail, it's time for a year for myself and My Beloved...

Resolutions ...

 Leave work when I supposed to leave work.

Publish two books in 2016. The first should be out this month. Look
for Star Eagle Six to be out in the coming weeks.

Begin a serious marketing campaign for my books. I had always told
myself I'd begin marketing seriously when I had seven or eight books
on the table. Star Eagle Six will be my eighth novel.

The second book will be the third book of the Last Elf Prophecy
series titled: Awakening of Lilestrom (Lilestrom is a dragon)

Take my wife on an adventure (get your minds out of the gutter)
each month. Do something fun we haven't done before.

Refinish a vintage 1947 Firestone radio / record player console
 I purchased from a friend last week. 

Okay, so these all sound doable. These are my goals and resolutions for the coming year of 2016. I going to do these LIKE A BOSS!

(and just in case I don't accomplish any of these, I'll erase this post like it never happened)

Make 2016 your year. Make it LIKE A BOSS!