A New Experiment (or, Follow Along as I Write My Next Novel)

By | January 4th, 2018|Fiction, On Writing|

Photo by Eli Francis via Unsplash From John Steinbeck's journal entry on January 29th, 1951 [Monday] as recorded in the book, Journal of a Novel “Dear Pat: How did the time pass and how did it grow so late. Have we learned anything from the passage of time? [...]

What the Woman Who Almost Died Said About My Book

By | December 12th, 2017|A Contemplative Life, Fiction|

"Have you read this book?" the woman asked as she picked up a copy of The Day the Angels Fell. The question was directed at my wife, Maile, while she worked at my mom's market stand. Mai was taken aback - the woman's question came out intense, pointed. Have you [...]

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Twelve Books (Besides Mine) You Should Be Reading

By | September 5th, 2017|Books, Fiction|

Today is the day. My novel, The Day the Angels Fell, officially releases to the world. You will probably find me in my study today, alternating between elated, anxious, happy, sick to my stomach, and hopeful. Or all at the same time. In any case, I hope you'll take the [...]

An Exciting Announcement and a New Season in my Writing Life

By | August 8th, 2017|A Contemplative Life, Fiction, Identity, On Writing|

As Bob Dylan sang once upon a time, “The times, they are a changin’.” Have you ever felt your life slowly going in a new direction, even a good direction, but you still felt hesitant about the change because of the unknown variables? Maybe you had the opportunity to take [...]

27 Reasons to Buy Any Book, Some of Which Apply Even if You Hate the Author

By | March 8th, 2017|Books, Fiction, Funny Stuff|

There are many reasons to buy a book. Here are 27 of them: You have high hopes that a particular book might be the book that will change your life. You like the other things the author has written. You read an excerpt from the book and liked it. You [...]

My 17-Year Journey to a Book Deal (or, Keep Going)

By | August 11th, 2016|Books, Fiction, Identity, On Writing|

This is me rocking a spike, oversized glasses, and headphones that are either playing "You Can't Touch This" or "Go West Young Man." Also, that's either an Ocean Pacific or Bugle Boys sleeveless T because, obviously, who covers up guns like that? But even then, I cared most about [...]

Seven Things You Should Know About the Sequel to “The Day the Angels Fell”

By | June 3rd, 2015|Books, Fiction|

Sometime this week, I'll do it. I'll open up the Scrivener file for the sequel to The Day the Angels Fell and I'll start the next round of revisions. Of course, I still have normal, paying projects to work on so I'll be doing these revisions in the early or [...]