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    Crap. I missed my own ten year writing anniversary. Ten Years. Here’s what I learned.

    Crap. I missed my own anniversary. Ten years of writing came and went last week and I missed it. My first book Kevin and the Seven Lions came out on January 9, 2013. Like many writers, I wrote a manuscript and sent it to many different agents and publishers and got no response. This would have been around 2010. So…since I wrote ONE manuscript, and no one picked it up. I put it away and gave up, because that means I am a terrible writer. I was a failed writer. Yeah, that’s what I told myself. Just stupid. Note to aspiring writers, write MORE than ONE manuscript. Learn from me.…

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    2022 The Year I discovered audiobooks. Well, maybe not discovered…

    2022 The Year I discovered audiobooks. Well, discovered may not be the correct word. Maybe appreciated more. I listened to a lot of books this year. After two years of working from home in 2022, I went back into a physical classroom to teach. Which meant I had a commute. And some days, the days I take my daughter to school, I have a 75 minute commute. An hour and fifteen minutes. After I drop her off I spend a good sized chunk listening to a book. Then I repeat the same commute at the end of the day.Since August, I have finished five Stephen King books. Billy Summers, The…

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    Surrender-40 songs One Story by Bono audiobook review

    First things first-I have been a U2 fan since 1988 and high school. Let me get that out of the way.I am well aware that Paul Hewson-AKA Bono can be seen as overbearing. I don’t care. I admire his voice, guts, and I am envious of the band he leads. The lightening in a bottle that teenage friends would meet, get together, then proceed to spend the rest of their life together selling millions of albums and putting together some of the largest grossing tours in history. That is a story to tell. What makes me respect Bono even more is to very quickly realize he wrote this. There is…

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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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    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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    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…