Everyone who knows me cannot believe I am an introvert. Deep down, I'm shy. It's true. It's chronic and can be very debilitating. But no one recognizes this fact because I hide it well. I always hear, "No, you're not." Or my favorite, "You shouldn't feel that way." Ugh. I love when people tell me how to feel, which is why I usually don't bring up my problem very often (you won't see me tweeting this blog post, placing it on Facebook, or sending it to the email subscription li
People always say time flies. It's cliche because it's true. I cannot believe it has been half a year since I provided an overall update or the "State of the Star Runners Universe." Invasion The launch of Invasion has been successful. I have received fantastic feedback from people wanting to read more of the events on this invaded planet. While the release was later in the year than I had anticipated or predicted in my January update, it was exciting to see the book out in th
I am sitting in my home office on a rainy Tuesday. I have just returned from a short vacation in Asheville, NC USA to celebrate my wife's birthday. We had a wonderful time taking the trolley tour and visiting the Biltmore Estate (a place I had not expected to enjoy but loved tremendously). The Biltmore is more than just an enormous home built in a picturesque almost fairy tale like landscape. The entire 8,000-acre estate (it was once more than 120,000 acres) is home to a thou
I grew up in a library. To be more specific, my mother used to take me all the time when I was young and growing up in a lovely place called Fairport, New York. The absolute best memory of the experience is strolling into the towering stacks of books and realizing I could take any of the books home. And I did. I vividly remember checking out the Lord of the Rings at a very young age and the librarian cocking her eyebrow at me. "Are you really going to read this?" "Of course!"
I am between chapters this morning, working on finishing the first draft of Star Runners 6 with my writing companion (my dog) by my side. My deadline is a complete initial draft by July 30. I spent Saturday and Sunday with my brother and his family at the lake. I arrived on Friday and was able to write alone in the woods. The cabin has a fantastic writing nook. As the sun went down, I got lost in the story. I kept writing, forgetting the time and place as the sound of the fo
I have mentioned before I often use YouTube to provide background music or ambiance. Music has always been important to my writing sessions, but the music plus ambiance has become more important this summer. I love it and end up writing thousands of words before I even realize it. But today I accidentally stumbled across a scene from the 1986 sci-fi classic, Aliens. Sure, I have seen it a hundred times. However, I hadn't seen the movie in years. I clicked on this clip to hear
The Zahl Empire is invading another planet! Nat Hodges' life as he knew it ended the day the Zahl Empire invaded his world, Tarrafa.
Sweeping through the initial defenses in a matter of days, the Zahl destroy everything Nat had ever known. Traditions and customs are outlawed, replaced by the Zahl Empire.
Living in a homeworld occupied by an oppressive force, Nat faces the choice of fighting a seemingly hopeless battle for the past or succumbing to the overwhelming power