Introvert Confessions

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 list--I'm writing this for me and for any of you out there who face similar conditions). Whenever I have to interact publicly, it is very draining. It exhausts me. I struggle with it all the time. I read many other authors

Midyear Star Runners Universe Update

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 the world. Thanks to all of you who helped make the book possible, and thanks to those readers who took the time to send me a message. I appreciate you! Next? I have been on a rigorous schedule to finish the first draft of

Mini-break Aftermath

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 thousand stories begging to be discovered. I will have to go back, but it was a mini-break, and we needed to return. And now it's time to get back to the grind. With my deadline for the first manuscript of SR 6 about a week

The joy of discovery

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!" And I did. I still enjoy libraries, both big and small. I also enjoy the discovery of small lending libraries wherever I travel. Some are simple, and others quite extravagant. If you don't know what I'm talking about, a

Lake Writing

​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 forest surrounded me. I have to say it was very nice to go into a trance. It doesn't happen all the time, but it's magical when it does. It's rare to have no distractions or responsibilities. Suddenly, it was midnight befo

A perfect scene?

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 music, and I was captivated by the scene. Simplicity. Powerful storytelling. The amount of information the viewer experiences. Wow. It's also just a very cool scene. So, enjoy!

Invasion is here!

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 of the future. A brand new entry point novel in the Star Runners Universe, Invasion is the gripping tale of one young man's experience when an unstoppable armada from another world decimates his planet. Grab your copy

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