Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Back to Writing!

    I saw an Instagram post today that really struck a cord and that cord reverberated all day. It read, "Being a writer is like having homework for the rest of your life." So true! I stopped enjoying "free time" the day I realized, rather than go crazy, I'd write stories. After that day I replaced free time with homework.
    The thing is, as a kid, I hated homework. I believed it to be a tool for lazy teachers who couldn't get it down in the classroom. I have to admit now the practice of doing homework after a day at school is paying off. See, I work at a school now and do my homework at night. For a long time now I have done very little homework. I focused more on thinking about how to get out of it than actually just completing what I could. Call it a muse or call it resorting back to what I know, either way I have begun to write again. Homework has never been so fun.
    In my so far completed trilogy, The Five, there is a three year. Those missing three years had always been planned to be filled in. Well, after a few years it has come time to do that. My coauthor and I have begun finalizing our book "ideas" and finally getting back to doing our homework.
   Keep checking back for updates, chapter samples and the best part, the art that goes along with it.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Of Regrets and One


Things you should have heard but never will:

Tell me the truth and tell me now. Tell me in his eyes you see a little black haired girl with blue eyes that is more stubborn than her mom looking back.

Tell me that I don’t matter in your mind. I take no space between lobes. And the grandeur of it all is one sided.

Tell me that ten years nearly to the day we see each other and I tell you these things; In every movie she is you. When someone says the word love I see your face, I feel your skin. Ten years and my life in ruins, without hope of wholeness until I see you again. Ten years in an instant gone beyond light speed.

 My measuring cup that none could fill. How do I go on?  Of all the questions I want you to answer there is just one that I cannot live without an answer to. Is he your life?

Then you tell me…

Two authors walk into a bar...one is Joe Haldeman

     I got a text from a bar manager I know. He says, come to the bar tonight I want you to meet a friend of mine. So of course I go because I know who he is talking about. His friend is Joe Haldeman, author of many science fiction books, most notably Forever War.
     Just before 7, the agreed upon time, I get there and grab a table in the back so I can see most of the place. The waitress brings me my beer and I wait. The manager comes over and says, come with me. We take two strides and stop at the table in front of me. There sitting with his wife and sister-in-law is Joe. I got nervous.
    The introductions are made and I babble on. Surprisingly they ask me to sit. So I sit and continue to babble. Slowly it turns into pretty good conversation. Gay, Joe's wife, couldn't be nicer. It turns out we have similar day jobs so we talked shop while Joe ate his pizza!
     After a while I went back to my table and texted as many people as I could, recounting my time with Joe over and over. It wasn't over just yet.
     As they paid their tab, Gay came over and asked if I wanted a picture with Joe and she also asked for one of my business cards. I couldn't believe it. Thanks to my writing partner, Forrest, I had some on me and we exchanged contact info.
    What a great night. It was so cool to meet a giant in the field of scifi and talk to him like a regular guy. This was no comic con snap a pic for $75 and be ushered off. They made time for me and I greatly appreciated that.