Winters in NC tend to be short and mild, and this year was no exception. We got a few cold spells and some snow, but overall, it’s been pretty nice. It’s certainly a lot better than where I grew up in Cincinnati, OH, where they’ve been stuck in some polar vortex for the past month with a snowstorm every week. That’s bad enough, but what I always hated about winters in the Midwest was the clouds. It seemed like from November to April, the skies were an unrelenting, dismal gray.

In NC, our winters tend to be sunny, and we usually get a break from the cold every few weeks with temperatures in the 50s (that’s in the 10s for those who use Celsius). It makes winters far more tolerable and not so depressing.

All that said, I’m looking forward to leaves on the trees.

No plugging today

I know I’m supposed to build a readership and all that by pimping the bejeezus outta my book. There’s supposed to be non-stop posts about ‘Buy my book. Buy my book.  Buy my book’ (forgot to insert the exclamation points after each sentence) but you know, I’m just not in the mood for it. I’d rather write about the stuff I like or whatever happens to  Wonders Me (my youngest son’s phraseology).

Not that I won’t be trying to raise awareness of my book, but that won’t be until the start of my Goodreads giveaway. Then I guess I’ll be all over Facebook telling people about it.

But for now, this is my mood.

Gold onthe ceiling

Love the static guitar.


Goodreads giveaway

Starting on Feb. 12th, I’ll be offering 3 signed copies of A Warrior’s Path through Goodreads. The print version is the size of a trade paperback, which is about the size of a hardback and features a gorgeous wraparound cover. Take a look:

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The contest runs until Feb. 25th, so sign up. Here’s the link:

Goodreads giveaway

Farscape and Firefly

When not studying, I’ve been detoxing with Farscape.  Almost done with season 3.  It’s my second go-round with the show.  I didn’t see it when it was first aired, just like I never saw Firefly until AFTER I saw Serenity in the theater.

Firefly and Farscape.  Two great shows that should have had longer runs.

My first fan mail – or why I’m like my mom and hoard anything that might bring me luck

I got my first fan ‘letter’ the other day, and it’s from South Africa of all places.  It was posted on my Facebook page, and reading it put – and kept – a huge smile on my face.  Learning that people are liking my book is one of the finest compliments I’ve ever received.

Of course, the Facebook post did raise another question: how did my book somehow land in the hands of someone on the other side of the world?  I have no idea, but I love how connected our world is becoming.


Where’s Book Two?

I posted this before, but it’s about to disappear from Blogger, so here goes.

Book 2 of The Castes and the OutCastes is going to be titled A Warrior’s Knowledge, and I expect it to be around the same length as A Warrior’s Path.

Right now, I’m 3/5 of the way through with the first draft, but there is a large problem with a big chunk of what I wrote, and I’ll have to essentially redo that section. It’s nothing to do with plot but more to do with execution.

That’s the good news.

Now for the bad news.

Because of events outside my control, until 4/30/2014, I won’t be able to get much writing done. It’s all because of my other profession. In the job that pays the bills, I have to take a periodic examination called Board Re-certification. It’s an unholy pain in the backside, but it’s absolutely necessary. There’s no winging it. To pass the test I’ll be studying several hours a day every day. In other words, it pretty much takes up all my free time.

I am truly sorry that I can’t finish A Warrior’s Knowledge more quickly, but this is the way life sometimes works out. However, as soon as the test is finished, I’ll be jumping straight back into A Warrior’s Knowledge.

Also, I should be able to work the section that I don’t like into shape by the time of the test. Then it’s just another 2-3 months to complete the novel followed by editing. One final piece of good news: I’ve already completed a large chunk of what’s going to be Book 3 as well, so the wait between book 2 and book 3 will be shorter.

I know I’m Blessed

In my last post, I mentioned how life/work has gotten in the way of my writing and how frustrating I find the situation. It sounded a little whiny, but the truth is I have little reason to complain because by any measure, I’ve been blessed. Yes, there are things that I wish were different. My father is ill, and I worry about my mom since she gives so much of herself taking care of him, but overall, I have so much more for which to be thankful.

Yesterday, after church, my youngest son and I were driving home, and he asked which part of my life has been the best: when I was a child or now as an adult.  I had to stop and think about it because I had a wonderful childhood, but I also really enjoy my life right now.  I can’t honestly say which is better. That insight alone told me what I should always remember:

Be grateful for the joys with which I’ve been blessed.

And the corollary: It could be worse