Dark Corners

The dark always triggers a fear in people. Looking away from the campfire into the darkness of the forest leads the mind to wander, and to wonder what is out there watching you. A dark hallway in a strange building, or even a dark corner of a room in your own dwelling, brings a pause. I have wandered into one of those dark places, as a writer, and I'm just starting to find my way out. It turns out that [...]

By |August 28th, 2023|

On Momentum

In football, at least in the NFL, the forward progress rule goes something like this; The point on the field where the forward momentum of a player who is in possession of the football is stopped by a defender or by going out of bounds. A player is awarded the most forward spot the runner reached when the ball is declared dead even if he is pushed backward. You smash into the scrum and get hit. You keep falling forward. [...]

By |June 3rd, 2022|

Books and The Arts and The Unexpected

A copy of Two Ships has been lucky enough to be placed in the Westerball 2022 silent auction! Presented by: The Arts Council of Westerville Date: February 26, 2022 Time: 6:30 to 10:30 pm Location:  The Point at Otterbein, 60 Collegeview Road, Westerville, OH 43081 This program raises money for local arts and music programming. Go to for more information. If you can't make it in person, you can bid on line for auction items.   Also, if you [...]

By |February 24th, 2022|

Shop Local

Two Ships is out on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo.  A lot of people shop that way nowadays.  If you still like to go to a book store, like I do, a few local stores are now carrying it on their shelves. In Mt. Vernon - Paragraphs Bookstore (signed copies) In Cincinnati - The Bookshelf In Newark - Kicks Mix Bookstore In Chicago - Cloud and Bunny (signed copies) In Bexley - Gramercy Books I love old style, independent [...]

By |January 15th, 2022|

Chicago Winter

I went to Chicago the other day to see my daughter perform in a musical.  Her first as a professional actor, which was pretty cool. It was already winter there.  Flakes of snow spit from gray clouds and mildly accumulated on the sidewalks, roofs, and car handles of the city.  Trees planted in sidewalk squares were sparsely leafed and slowly being covered over in white. We were able to walk around a bit in the city and explore the concrete [...]

By |November 30th, 2021|

On Creativity

When I have told people that I was writing a novel a frequent response was something along the lines of - I just don’t know how people can be that creative?  Or, oh, I could never imagine such a thing!  Or, more directly, how do you do that - just write a novel? It’s true that it takes a powerful use of imagination to create any work of art.  Painting, drawing, film, theatre, music, dance, and any other medium require [...]

By |November 19th, 2021|
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