Posts Tagged: writing

Roger Zelazny

A multiple winner of Science Fiction and Fantasy’s prestigious Hugo and Nebula awards, he began writing “professionally” in 1962 (though he was published earlier).  His career ended prematurely at age 58, due to complications from colorectal cancer (an issue I have sadly some familiarity with, having lost my Mom from same), making the breadth and… Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »

The waiting

My Dad has occasionally used the phrase “hurry up and wait” around me.  Often, he is referring to drivers who feel a compulsion to zip up to a red light. Currently, it is the feeling I experience as I wait for the process to complete that makes my book available through the various sales channels…. Read more »

Galley Ho!

After battling with a prolonged cold (two weeks, can you believe?), I’ve finally managed to go through the “official” review of the galley copy of “What Next?”. For those of you unfamiliar to the process, a “galley” copy is created from the final manuscript and is used to verify the book prior to actual publication. … Read more »

Phew!

Well, I’m glad that’s over! It’s not easy to develop website mockups when you don’t work in HTML.  In my design past, I’ve been more geared to small publications and have generally used PC publishing software (all the way back to its inception in the old Mac/Amiga days). Most recently, I’ve used Microsoft Publisher for… Read more »

Reading is good food

I had the special pleasure of being invited to the kickoff of an exciting program called “Boynton Reads”.  I’d like to share some of the details with you. I was tipped off to the program by my ever-helpful Dad.  He is always scanning things he feels dovetail with either my writing career or my natural… Read more »