Open, Sesame! Literature & Passwords

The thieves ride to their cave of treasures.

So we’re going to talk about classic world literature and Open, Sesame. But first, the public service part of the blog! So you’ve heard by now of the sweeping security breach involving Equifax, who among other things were caught using the user name “admin” and the password “admin.” Seriously.   Continue reading

Hide a Book Day 2017

Wouldn’t you love to be trudging along on a terrible day and then suddenly find a new-to-you book to take home and brighten your day? Well, okay, you’d probably prefer to avoid the terrible day in the first place and just find the new book on an already-awesome day. That’s… Continue reading

Birds & Fish

photo of trees with red arrow pointing to tiny distant Great Blue Heron on a branch

I walked out to my pond today and was not nearly fast enough to photograph the Great Blue Heron I startled out of it, but I did manage to snap a photo when he perched in a tree to avoid the enthusiastic Doberman chasing and barking at him. (Undómiel apparently… Continue reading

Let the Sun Shine! New Solar Panels to Power My Work

two-story brick house with ladder to roof and solar panels

After two days of intense upgrades, my house is powered by the sun. We’re brand new and still working out the bugs, but our first day of full sun produced enough power to fuel my car over 250 miles. Our first day of partial sun produced enough power to run… Continue reading

When Life Imitates Art

Circles & Crossroads, a glowing jack o'lantern over a textured dark circle

I write about Robin Archer, a fae in our world charged by the Fairy Queen to protect human children from human predators. The second installment, released in October 2015, was called “Orphan Heirs & Shades of Night” and was set in Irvington, where someone had created a haunted house secretly… Continue reading

Conferences, Cons, and Solar Eclipse 2017, Or What I Did On My Summer Vacation

crescent sun

It’s been a busy month! First I went to Realm Makers, which has become one of my favorite writing conferences, and then to a small local writing conference at Taylor University, my first time visiting there. In a couple of weeks I’ll head west again to attend the Rocky Mountain… Continue reading

Ivanhoe’s Drive-In

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Chocolate.

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Chocolate.In the small Indiana town of Upland lies an unlikely hero. In 1965 this drive-in opened to sell burgers and shakes, like so many others. It’s expanded and changed with time, but it’s also specialized and become internationally famous for… Continue reading

Dino-rific Sale!

Hey! Today D is for Dinosaur is on sale for just $.99 for the ebook. The price goes up again Wednesday. That’s just — hold on — less than 4 cents per story, and all about dinosaurs, real or metaphorical. Hard to argue with that value.   Continue reading

Cover Reveal: The Weather War

The Weather War

Part of the fun of being a writer is hanging out with other writers. I just got home from the Realm Makers conference — more on that later — and today I get to share a schmancy new cover in the Storms in Amethir series by my friend and critique partner Stephanie… Continue reading

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Soda

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Chocolate.

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Chocolate.The next installment in my chocolate sampling series! And I just plain forgot to plug in my mic for this one, so the camera mic was picking up background noises and my dog Undómiel warning off some nocturnal creature outside.… Continue reading