Forgotten Fortune

Today I started writing my second novel, Forgotten Fortune (book two of my Timelink trilogy). I spent about two months doing the online research required, and I did it from a specific browser- one used only for book research. I did this because when I’m done, I can look back at all the keywords I… Read more »

Future Fortune released

This weekend, my new book, Future Fortune, is free to download for the Kindle. You can go to Amazon now and download it at no charge. It’s a lot cheaper than Ambien. So why make it free? Well, when you’re a nobody author, you need to garner as many reviews as quickly as possible when… Read more »

Barcade

Many years ago, my favorite arcade game was Elevator Action. It’s a pretty simple game. You land on the roof of a building and make your way down to the basement where your escape car is waiting. On each floor along the way, you have to defeat bad guys, and make occasional stops to pick up… Read more »

My New Children’s Book

I met with my editor on Friday, and these were the take-a-way notes for my newest children’s book: The words “lube” and “chipmunk” should not appear in the same sentence, let alone as the opening line from Chapter 1. The local spelling bee you described in Chapter 2 should not end with Charlie Sheen bludgeoning… Read more »

The California DMV

While researching information for a DMV project I was working on, I came an interesting fact about the California DMV. If you don’t speak English and live in California (Austrian former governors are exempt), you can still take the written driver license exam. It’s available in other languages: Amharic, Arabic, Armenian, Cambodian, Chinese, Croatian, French,… Read more »

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  • God works in mysterious ways

    Recently, after leaving a bathhouse in San Francisco through the rear door, my mind somehow wandered to the existence of Sodom and Gomorrah. Well, first it wandered to a hot dog stand, and then back to Sodom and Gomorrah. While a handful of rogue scholars believe these two cities existed somewhere in the state of… Read more »

  • Bureaucracy

    Bureaucrat  bu•reau•crat / noun: a person who runs a company and steadfastly adheres to the rules and regulations without question or deviation. ———- A few weeks ago there was a fire in Detroit. No, there were no NBA playoffs going on. It was a good old fashioned, real-life fire. The fire department and paramedics showed… Read more »

  • Crystal Clear

    I recently watched Star Trek IV, the one with the whales, and was snickering when Scotty built a whale tank out of transparent aluminum. It was stronger than steel, completely sheer, and had to hold a ton of material, much like a Victoria’s Secret push-up bra. But it’s just Science Fiction right? Nope. It’s available… Read more »

  • Sick Day

    So you woke up sick today. No, the real kind of sick. Not the I just came home from a rave with blurred vision, profuse sweating, sore butt, and a dollar bill pinned to my collar. No. I’m talking about a legitimate cold or a genuine case of the flu. It’s 4 AM, and work… Read more »

  • The T-shirt Contest

    So last week I was surfing one of my favorite websites, The Chive, when I noticed a banner announcing a new t-shirt design contest. Now even though I am technically a writer, I am pretty good with Photoshop, so I decided to give graphic artistry a try. I looked at the t-shirts for sale in… Read more »

  • Resistance Is Futile

    Ah, the Borg. Those brutal, yet loveable robotic drones from the fictional world of Star Trek. The Borg, for those of you who don’t follow Star Trek, were a frightening species who went around the galaxy assimilating other races and making them part of their own collective society. The Borg assimilated their victims with the… Read more »

  • The Perils of Time Travel

    Yesterday, I received several comments on my recent blog where I posted some old photographs of the Back to the Future sets. One of the comments was how cool would it have been if Marty and Doc had travelled back to the time of Robin Hood. Ok. Let’s give it a try.   Draft 1… Read more »

  • The Hollywood Sign

    I was working on an article about the Hollywood Sign and had finished all the desktop research I could – the only thing remaining was a possible visit to the Sign itself. I contacted the trust that handles media inquiries for the Hollywood Sign, and they agreed to help me out. This was a remarkable… Read more »

  • The Help Desk

    I just finished writing an article on customer help desks, and after researching six large companies, speaking with their various employees, and examining their methods, all I can say is “sitcom”. If any of these companies hired Charlie Sheen, they could branch out to reality TV and have the hottest new show of the decade…. Read more »

  • We’ll keep your résumé on file

    Email is a great invention, even though it may one day end the long and happy life of the US Postal Service. With the ability to send unlimited letters, to unlimited recipients, and copy superfluous people, the user that seems to truly suffer, is the job seeker. Twenty five years ago, if you wanted to… Read more »