Good Health and Good Luck

Time for a midweek update on the health situations in my family, and fortunately it’s a good one. My dad had his biopsy done and while technically the cancer is incurable, it’s highly manageable. He won’t need chemotherapy, he doesn’t have to make any big adjustments to his life, he just needs to take a …

Weekend Update: Writing Words and a Bumpy Ride

Hello again, everyone! Time for another weekend update. My writing is going well, I hit a real groove this week and rocketed past 60,000 words for Creed: Mandate of Heaven. I originally thought the first draft would clock in at around 70,000 words but it’s looking now like it’ll finish closer to 80,000. And unlike …

Weekend Update: So Many Words

Time for a little update on my latest projects! I’m nearing the 60,000 word mark for my work-in-progress, Creed: Mandate of Heaven. That’s about half as long as His Name Was Zach is and barely more than a third of the final word count for Her Name Was Abby 😮 But those were epics, and …

How to Write a Good Fight Scene

I’ve never thought of myself as particularly good at writing one kind of scene versus another, but throughout my His Name Was Zach series, one thing I’ve been told consistently by readers and reviewers is that they really enjoyed the fight scenes. So I guess I’m pretty good at writing fight scenes. With that in …

January: Month in Review

I checked my blog’s stats today, and I realized that this past January was my best month since November 2019! I had hundreds of views, like, comments, and finally broke 350 followers, getting all the way up to 365. With that I’d like to welcome my new followers, and thank the old for sticking around …

3 Tips for Writing Dialogue

Dialogue is one of the most difficult parts of writing. On the one hand, you want the dialogue to feel organic, you want the reader to believe that this dialogue could very well be a genuine conversation. But on the other hand, real life conversations are full of pauses, filler words, and lots of slang, …

Behind the Characters, part 2: Hiamovi

Welcome back to Behind the Characters! Over the last two days I gave an in-depth look at Abby and how she appears in my latest book Their Names Were Many. You can check it out for yourself here! But moving on to today, we’ll be taking a look at another familiar character: Hiamovi. If you …

Bilbo Baggins: Was He TOO Lucky?

In honor of J.R.R. Tolkien’s birthday, I’m reposting some old Tolkien-related posts. Enjoy! If there’s a flaw to be found in the timeless masterpiece of high fantasy that is The Hobbit, it’s Bilbo’s dumb luck. Time and time again, Bilbo is saved or does the saving with nothing but a stroke of good fortune. And …

The Tragedy of Boromir

In honor of J.R.R. Tolkien’s birthday, I’m reposting my old Tolkien-related posts. Enjoy! Almost every character in J.R.R. Tolkien’s masterpiece The Lord of the Rings is a giant in literature: Frodo, Samwise, Aragorn the King, Gandalf the Grey/White, they are all as famous and well-known as real heroes like Gandhi and MLK. But as for …

Creed: Mandate of Heaven

Good morning, readers! In my post yesterday I floated the idea of posting a sneak peek at my new work-in-progress, Creed: Mandate of Heaven. It’s the first book in a series that follows one Conner Creed, an ex-Army Ranger turned treasure hunter. The scene I’ve decided to post is an early one and sets the …

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