Monthly Archives: February 2013

J.R.R. Tolkien

Big surprise here, huh? In the continuing series on my creative influences, it’s almost a given that J.R.R. Tolkien would be in the list.  I can’t imagine any reader of fantasy and science fiction who hasn’t devoured his work (and countless others outside fans of that genre). For me, his works came early.  I was… Read more »

Love is not just for lovers

We interrupt your regularly scheduled series on my creative influences for this important message: I love Valentine’s Day. Does this seem odd for someone without his own “special someone”?  I don’t think so.  Or, more accurately, I don’t think I am without a special someone. I have wonderful memories of Valentine’s Day.  For a long… Read more »

Larry Niven

In my middle youth, I had a best friend that fit all the requirements you would want in a best friend:  lived close, liked the things I did and liked me.  That’s important, since I could not easily talk with people (as opposed to now, where many people think I talk too easily). We did the… Read more »

James Thurber

Continuing the series on my creative influences, we’ll head way back to when I was just a tadpole. Grandma was responsible for broadening my reading material beyond the standard fare for 7-year old boys.  I’ve already told the tales of my reading her dictionary and encyclopedia in previous blogs.  Once the fire of reading was… Read more »

Clifford D. Simak

I wrestled with how to start this series of blogs on my creative influences.  Should I do it chronologically, starting with my earliest?  Maybe begin with the one that most closely relates to my current writing endeavor?  Perhaps I should do a ranking, like those irritating “Top Ten” lists? In the end, I simply decided… Read more »

Under the influence

Beginning next week (or tomorrow, for those of you who start the week with Sunday), I’ll be offering something a bit different with my blog posts. What Next? will likely be in full release sometime during the week (paperback and e-book) and I want to try to “liven up” the Facebook page for Jeremy Shuttle, so… Read more »

Out with the old, in with the old

I was chatting about What Next? coming out soon and mentioning how difficult the book had been to complete, for a variety of reasons.  Interestingly, the reason I least expected was the difficulty in the continuing characters and sequential storyline. There wasn’t any shortage of enthusiasm to continue the tale and complete the story.  I’m… Read more »

Let’s review

We’ve been here before when What If? went on sale and we’ll no doubt be back when What Now? is released, but it bears repeating, so hang with me…I’ll be brief. Within a few days (if not already), What Next?, the second book in the Jeremy Shuttle Adventures trilogy, will be available online at your… Read more »