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“this wasted land”: chapter 1

Please to enjoy the first chapter of This Wasted Land, my new young adult dark fantasy novel.  What’s TWL about?  At its core, it’s the tale of a misfit high school girl and her misfit high school boyfriend, but it’s not … Continue reading

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sorry, tswift: joan jett had the original “bad reputation”

No disrespect directed at Taylor Swift (of whom my daughter Ally is a huge fan) or her latest album, but if we’re talking about “reputations,” I have to bring it back to She Who Didn’t Give A Damn About Her … Continue reading

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bad things happen on august 2

“Bad things come in threes,” the saying goes, and they also come on August 2.  Don’t believe me?  Consider this, from my upcoming young adult dark fantasy novel, This Wasted Land: Ghastly, eh?  But there’s worse.  Here’s a snippet from … Continue reading

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headed toward “this wasted land”

This Wasted Land is in sight: This Wasted Land will be my third published novel (after Dragontamer’s Daughters and Lost Dogs), a young adult dark fantasy work that I currently plan to release through Amazon on October 15 of this year.  What’s it about? Well, I … Continue reading

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yes, i do give a @#&%

I didn’t mean for her to say it.  It’s not my style.  Nevertheless, toward the end of This Wasted Land, the young adult dark fantasy novel I’m writing, Our Feisty Teenage Heroine Alyx drops the “f-bomb” for the first time.  Then … Continue reading

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“have you heard how she talks? she’s a real character”

One of the challenges in creating characters for stories is developing a “voice” (or way of speaking) for each of them.  In real life, people don’t all sound the same, and neither should well-crafted characters: they ought to be distinctive, … Continue reading

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getting “wasted” to led zeppelin

The latest in a series about influences from my earlier days Many–probably most–writers listen to music as they work, but for me, it’s more than background noise. Some musicians, some songs inspire me when I’m writing, and that’s especially true … Continue reading

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vikings with guns attack a 7-11 in africa, or why you shouldn’t look at a writer’s browser history

Many of the authors I know like to joke that if the FBI,  CIA, NSA, or any other 3-letter federal agency looked at the search results in Internet browser history, they (the writers, that is) would swiftly be hauled away … Continue reading

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concept art for “this wasted land”

I’m about halfway through drafting This Wasted Land, my young adult modern-fantasy/horror novel, and I thought I’d share with you some concept art that I’ve whipped up. Because my protagonist Alyx, a 17-year old Korean-American girl, is an artist, I’ve … Continue reading

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here comes football!

And because I love the game so much, here’s an excerpt from This Wasted Land, my work-in-progress modern-fantasy/horror novel, about football.  Alyx, the 17-year old girl who narrates the book, asks her uncle about his former pro career. “Uncle Tony, … Continue reading

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