Clothes Make the Man and Other Crimes is my latest e-book, a collection of four crime stories. In "The Sun Dress," a dress, an affair, and a gun lead to a surprising and explosive confrontation. Officer Peggy Roberts makes a traffic stop and hopes to catch a killer in "Clothes Make the Man." The flash … Continue reading “Clothes Make the Man”
Back in 2011 I was an acquisitions editor at Zenith Press. That year I had the pleasure of working on two books about the space shuttle. The first was the NASA Space Shuttle Owners’ Workshop Manual by David Baker. That was simply the U.S. printing of the newest Haynes manual, so I didn’t have any … Continue reading Space Next—My Entry into the Movie Biz
Yesterday I submitted my final reviews of the invasive species manuscripts I wrote work-for-hire. I did four of these: Africanized honeybees, red imported fire ants, zebra mussels, and kudzu (the vine that ate the south). These were very short books for elementary school reluctant readers, so they had to be at a specific reading level. … Continue reading It’s Kind of About Invasive Species
Years ago, many more than I care to admit, I began developing an idea for a steampunkish novel. I eventually sent three sample chapters to my friend Marco Palmieri, editor extraordinaire, who gave me some great feedback. I started revising the chapters and outline to his notes, but kept letting the project be sidetracked for … Continue reading Work-in-Progress Update
I’m a neurotic writer. I know, I know, “neurotic writer” is redundant, like “crooked politician.” But still. Anyway, because my quiver of neuroses has so very many arrows in it, I’m only going to focus on one in this post. Although I have every right to lay claim to the label of “writer” by virtue … Continue reading Writing is Not My Hobby
Okay, it wasn’t a bar, it was just me at the computer with a glass of wine. But anyhoo . . . So I’ve got this short story I’m fond of, “The Sad Rains of Mars,” an homage to the late, great Ray Bradbury. It had a couple beta readers during the first few drafts, … Continue reading A Writer Walks into a Bar with a Story on His Mind
So. Last blog post dated July 29, 2014. Today’s date January 25, 2015. What the heck? Well, things just got away from me. I got busy. Last fall my freelance work started picking up after several months of silence. After a mountain of metaphorical tumbleweeds rolling past though empty streets, with only Vincent Price, Charlton … Continue reading Where Have I Been? Hibernation? Coma? Undercover Black-Ops Mission?