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 »

Who was D.B. Cooper?

One afternoon a day before Thanksgiving in 1971, a guy calling himself Dan Cooper (the media mistakenly called him D.B. Cooper) boarded Northwest Airlines flight #305 in Portland bound for Seattle. He was wearing a dark suit and a black tie and was described as a business-executive type. While in the air, he opened his brief… Read more »

An old conversation

It was an unusually warm summer afternoon in Jerusalem 3000 years ago. Mort, Sayid, and John had just finished playing racquetball and were sitting around the bar drinking Baoji wine. After a few minutes of guy talk, mostly about the new dresses that were showing much more ankle this year, Mort commented on the growing… Read more »

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  • Love to Hate

    Is hate built into the human psyche? Are people inherently bad, and they only keep the evil under wraps because it’s what society expects? I’m starting to think so. Now, before you start sending me emails and telling me that you know some really honest and decent people, I get it. I know several too…. Read more »

  • The Circus Tent Of Writing

      Today I finished the first edit of book number two, Future Fortune. I have all sorts of “number two” jokes running through my head, but I’m going to save us both the embarrassment. Today I worked on the circus tent. Circus tent is an analogy for the structure of a screenplay or novel. It… Read more »

  • Apple And The FBI

    Anyone who thought the FBI couldn’t open that encrypted iPhone is pretty naïve. The FBI, NSA, and various other organizations that we’ve never heard of, can all open a locked iPhone. The iPhone designers and programmers are amazingly talented, even brilliant, but don’t think for a second there aren’t others out there who are even… Read more »

  • Cryogenics

    I saw an advertisement the other day asking me if I’d like to be frozen. Hey that sounds like fun, I thought. I got a few hours to kill. Why not? As it turns out, it had nothing to do with the movie Frozen, and even less to do with that Elsa threesome I had… Read more »

  • The Escape

    On the other side of that fence was freedom. Freedom from oppression. Freedom to live life on my own terms, without interference from a shadowy government with its own rules and convention. A flash of lightning lit up the heavens and I could see Scott riding toward me, his hulking frame a dark silhouette against… Read more »

  • Book #2 Progress

    I understand story structure. I understand story arcs and character motivation. I know how to tell a story. But there was one thing I wasn’t prepared for – my faulty memory. I have a lot of characters in my book, so you can imagine how unhappy I was discovering I had forgotten about a character… Read more »

  • My 2016 Resolutions

    I wanted to take a minute here and thank everyone who read or subscribed to my blog this year.  I really appreciate it and will do my best to bring you the same quality garbage in 2016. My mini memoir is doing really well on Amazon, and I will publish my first novel around March…. Read more »

  • Trump vs. Hitler

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  • The Dark Web

    As a computer guy, I have worked with two companies who were victims of hacking. In both cases, I was a member of the rebuild team. We helped fix the damage and make sure it didn’t happen again. As soon as people hear the word hacking, the first question I’m always asked is “do you… Read more »

  • Traditional Publishers

    About ten years ago I decided to write a kid’s book. I came up with various titles including: Who Will Toss My Salad? Polly Paints A Penis Tommy Gets An STD But it just wasn’t happening. I gave up on children’s books. I briefly considered a scratch & sniff book, but finally settled on a… Read more »