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    Happy Thanksgiving and Thank you!

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone. I hope and pray you’re able to enjoy the day. I realize today can tough for many people. I am thankful for everyone that has ever bought a book of mine, or read one, or shared one. Yes, I have a new book out, but I also have 13 others out there and I am thankful for every share and review. Thank you all.

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    My newest book–Quinton–is now available in paperback

    Quinton is now available in paperback. Things have changed at Amazon. It used to be I would get the physical copy of the book and then approve it. But now I approve a file on the screen and suddenly it is for sale. I admit, I’m not a big fan of that. So the book has been available in paperback for a few days, I just haven’t posted it anywhere. But here is me opening the box and seeing the books for the first time. Click here to get a copy of the book.

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    10 Years Since Coming Out as a writer

    Apparently today, October 30, 2022, is the 10th anniversary of Disney buying Star Wars. This post isn’t really about Star Wars. But mostly a reminder to myself that it means 10 years ago was when I first announced to my immediate social groups here on Facebook that I had written a book called Kevin and The Seven Lions. I was using the Star Wars activity that day to jump on board and say, “Hey that’s cool! But look at this thing I made as well!” And I must admit, I thought people would just “Eh?” But they didn’t. Much to my surprise a few people told me they were eager…

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    Listening to King, Billy summers Audio Book

    With more time in the car, I’ve been listening to more audiobooks. I have unexpectedly become a fan of Stephen King. I am not a horror reader. I never made it all the way through IT. But I did make it all the way through Billy Summers, the audiobook. King is not just a horror writer, and maybe you already knew that. I mean this is person that wrote the short story that led to the classic The Shawshank Redemption and Stand By Me. The Audiobook is read by Paul Sparks. The story of a man named Billy Summers who was a gifted sniper in the military who is now…

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    Becoming more of a listener

    Over the past year I have become more of a lister, an audiobook listener. I arrogantly used to think that listening wasn’t truly reading. But I have read, listened to more books, more stories than could have before. One of the unexpected benefits of a long commute to work. My first novel I listened to was Neil Gaiman’s Graveyard book with full cast recording. I’ve listened to it twice all the way through, there is a recording with just Neil reading it. I first listened to it several years ago when traveling to New Jersey to do a book show at a local elementary school. (It’s a long trip from…

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    New Book, Quinton, now ready for preorder

    New book is ready for preorder. It is set for October 1, but I plan on getting it out sooner. I give myself sometime to make sure the formatting is right. I started this book way back in November 2017 for National Novel Writing Month. Got about half-way through and put a pause in it to finish up Charlotte Morgan and the Great Big Math problem. And then life sort of derailed there for a little bit as a difficult separation and divorce happened, and I had had to go back to fulltime teaching as a result. It’s a different story from me, but in many ways similar, to my…

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    Cover reveal for my next book

    So to jump right to it. This is the cover. I started writing Quinton for NaNoMo in November of 2017. Trying to get the whole novel done then. Didn’t make it, but that is okay. A divorce and other life issues got in the way. And there is nothing wrong with that. I also wrote other books in the in between time. But this is a new type of book from me. More sci-fi. Technically Dolbin school is sci-fi, so I guess this is sci-fi for an older readers. This is a definitely a more PG-13 level story. So fair warning there. Pre-order information coming soon.

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    First chapter of my next book–Quinton

    I started this book four and half years ago for National Novel Writing Month. I didn’t finish it then. Which is okay, even if I didn’t finish NaNoMo I still had the skeleton for a new story. I wanted to finish this earlier. Like much earlier. But sometimes life interferes. This book is a departure for me. The main characters are still children, but this is my first PG-13 novel. Do with that as you will. But the main chapters are still children that feel left out and use friends and community to solve problems. I don’t set out to write books with that theme. The books just appear and…

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    Happy Birthday Bono, thanks for all the songs.

    Bono turned 62 today. You may not care. But when your heros get old you are getting old. When your heros get old then they won’t be with you much longer to give you the experiences that you have come to expect from them. I have followed U2 since 1988 when I was a freshman cross country runner. It was pretty much a requirement to like U2 and be on the team. We watched Rattle and Hum, the VHS tape thank you very much just about everyday during our week long summer camp. The Joshua Tree and Rattle and Hum era of 1987-88 is what introduced me to U2. I…