An Informal Announcement

Hey Folks, Last week, for the first time since I started this blog, I failed to put up a post. My apology, but there was a reason for that. I’ve been working on an exciting new project. I’m not ready to announce it officially yet, but I want to whet some appetites. I’ve written over 50 novels and novellas and almost 200 short stories, many in very specific fictional worlds. Recently, it struck me that I … Read more

Take Your Time (Revisited)

Hey Folks, As I was discussing with one of my mentoring writers a day or two ago, sometimes it’s necessary to take your time while writing. Yes, I write around 900 to 1200 words per hour. But if you do the math, that’s only 15 to 20 words per minute. And a minute is a long time. For comparison, how many WPM did you type in high school? (Mine was around 80 WPM.) So I’m just … Read more

On Being a “Hybrid” Writer

Hi Folks, At 66 years old, with 40-some novels and almost 200 short stories under my belt, I’ve decided to go hybrid. I’m announcing it here, publicly, because it’s a major personal policy shift for me and because it might be something for others to think about. To be clear, this isn’t something I recommend, but it’s something I recommend looking into. Part 1: Statement, History and Rationale My work has been traditionally published before. I’ve … Read more

New Services Offered

Hey Folks, Very short post today. I’ve been a copyeditor for almost 40 years. The per-word fee for that service depends on your manuscript and how well it’s put together. If you’re interested in my copyediting service, you can find everything you need to know at But not everybody wants a copyedit. Many writers want only a critique of their work. I never used to offer critiques separate of a copyedit, but now I do. … Read more

The Claim

Hey Folks, This week we’re back to more science fiction with the sequel to In the Siberian Fields: The Claim. Adolph Hitler, terrible as he was, was nothing but a pawn. One in a series of strings tugged by a puppeteer. Hitler was vanquished, but the entity that gave him rise never went away. Two centuries and two decades after the rise of Hitler, the same entity is still pulling strings. And he’s almost accomplished the … Read more

The Rise of a Warrior (Book One, The Wes Crowley Saga)

Hi Folks, After two successive SF novels, here’s something completely different. The Rise of a Warrior is the first prequel and book one in the Wes Crowley saga. Wes Crowley and Otis “Mac” McFadden are teenagers in Watson, Texas, a town some distance north of Amarillo in the Texas Panhandle and the heart of Comancheria, the traditional Comanche homeland. As the boys watch, an impressive group of Texas Rangers ride in to the local livery stable … Read more

In the Siberian Fields

Hey Folks, Back to science fiction this week. Today’s offering presents a  somewhat horrific future-Earth scenario. Could you mine the bones of your own ancestors? And if so, at what cost? In the early 22nd century, the Earth is governed by the World Equality Organization (WEO). Like all corrupt governments, they not-so subliminally strive to plant imagined problems for the citizenry, then parlay the citizens’ fear into power. The Jewish people, who for centuries have been … Read more

The Basic Rules of Flight (a bonus post)

Hey Folks, This is a bonus “extra” post, not in the regular rotation. It’s a short bit I thought you might find amusing and, with any luck, useful. I first saw “The Basic Rules of Flight” in an article by US Navy Pilot Nicole Scherer in the August 2018 issue of Air & Space Smithsonian magazine. The Basic Rules of Flight 1. Try to stay in the middle of the air. 2. Do not go near … Read more

Have a Clue

Hey Folks,   This morning (as I write this) I read a new post on a site I often reference. I was stunned, and not in a good way. I was reminded again of the preacher in the film “Oh God.” The problem was, the preacher was a hypocrite. God (played by George Burns) said, “The guy ought to be selling Earth shoes.” That sums up my philosophy about entirely too many so-called writing instructors. I … Read more

Confessions of a Professional Psychopath

Hey Folks, Today I wanted to share the only novel that’s still listed under one of my pen names. Enjoy! Charles Claymore Task has been labeled a psychopath by hypocrites who see themselves as “normal.” And a group of wealthy investors want to know what makes him tick.  They ask him to to detail for a film crew what makes people like him tick. At least that’s the initial plan. On film, Charlie describes the abandonment, disillusionment, … Read more