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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  • My Birthday

    It’s my birthday this week, and this time, I finally feel old. All the other birthdays were fine, I would celebrate them and then forget them, but this one is different. This one makes me feel like Wilford Brimley. Frankly, I’m amazed I made it this far. The way I see how kids are coddled… Read more »

  • 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 »