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 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 »

On The Origin of Species

As my book is nearly complete, I decided to share some of my favorite reading material with you, my blog readers. Today I have a short excerpt from On The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin. I’m hoping after you read a few pages, you too might decide to read the entire book for yourself…. Read more »

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  • Beale Ciphers

    So it’s time for a new research project, and this one should be a lot of fun. I’ll be researching the Beale Ciphers. Never heard of it? Well let me bring you up to speed. Back in the 1820’s, a Virginian named Thomas Jefferson Beale took a group of men west to mine for gold. They… Read more »

  • Portable Computers

    This weekend, I dusted off a few of my old computers and booted them up to see how they were doing. Old computers are nowhere near as sturdy or stable as their modern-day counterparts. The biggest problem is the capacitors dry out and you have to go around the motherboard and replace them. And old… Read more »

  • California 2017

    Every ten years in California, two things inevitably happen. One, after we’ve suffered through 7-9 years of drought, enough to turn our lawns brown and require state-wide water rationing, El Nino (a recurring climatic phenomenon) comes back with a vengeance and floods the entire state for months. We’re now one month into 2017, and the… Read more »

  • The New Administration

    I try to stay out of politics when I write my blogs. I lead such an exciting life, that there are literally hundreds of alternative topics for me to write about-cybersecurity, clown porn, even Scarlett Johansson’s new hair style. But for today, the topic is going to be politics. And where to start? Let me… Read more »

  • Research (First post of 2017)

    Miss me? I’ve been a bad boy. I haven’t written a new blog post since July of 2016. Now, in my defense, I did have a presidential campaign to run. Unfortunately, I chose Yogi Bear as my running mate to capture the Jellystone demographic, but when he was arrested for solicitation, my campaign went downhill… Read more »

  • Earth

    Just a quick thought for today… I was just reading an article about cinnamon having beneficial properties and maybe even healing properties for brain disorders like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. A few months ago I read about pomegranates, and how they improve the resiliency of cells and make them more resistant to aging. And every high… Read more »

  • Amazon gift cards

    This weekend was my birthday, and I received a couple of Amazon gift cards. I love Amazon. There’s nothing better than sitting on your ass in front of the computer, ordering things, and having them delivered directly to your doorstep in two business days. If every order came with a side of bacon, I’d never… Read more »

  • 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 »