Found this On Facebook

February 6, 2016

I found this on Facebook (h/t) Joe Grzesiak

Well, there’s Matthew 6:5, “”And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.”

And then 6:6, “But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”

Other religious traditions may have different guidance, but this looks pretty cut and dry to me.


My Gist

January 31, 2016

The Strange Blind Spot Of One Of The Best

October 8, 2015

As much as I dislike talking talking Melodi Sherman aka “MacAllister Stone” and her merry band, Write Absolute Reviews has been talking about Victoria Strauss and her unwavering support of Absolute Write Forums and Melodi Sherman. They especially point out the fact Victoria Strauss’ unfortunate Haters Gonna Hate post has generated more awareness of the general vileness that is MacAllister Stone. I have already commented on her post in detail. Go read that first if you haven’t already.

I want to state up front that I have nothing but tremendous respect and admiration for Victoria Strauss and the work she does with Writer Beware. I read the site regularly and I have a link to it on the front page of my blog. My problem comes in the general blind spot she seems to have for MacAllister Stone. Despite all the evidence that has surfaced regarding MacAllister’s lying to a New Jersey court, her running Absolute Write as an unlicensed business (and her farrier business is unlicensed as well) she still supports Absolute Write. This deeply saddens me.

I wrote Victoria and explained that Absolute Write was an unlicensed business and she replied that AW wasn’t a business. I don’t think that’s true but I’m not a lawyer but I also know that if Absolute Write was located here in Massachusetts, it sure would be an unlicensed business.

The best response is simply look at the facts: Open your eyes and look at the evidence for yourself then judge. You’ll see I’m right.


August 15, 2015

It’s been a while, so here are some updates:

Gargoyle, Thomas of Xuelition, is about halfway done. I was stuck for a while when I ran out of plot but now I am moving forward, jotting down ideas that will probably end up in a future Thomas novel. Gargoyle is definitely different and I hope you all enjoy reading it as much as I have been enjoying writing it. It’s got evil wizards, skulduggery and trips through alternate dimensions.

The fact that Donald Trump is in the race for president already makes this the best. election ever. I wonder how long until he implodes?

In Which Shelagh Watkins Call It Quits

July 14, 2015

Shelagh Watkins has decided that being a publisher is just too much work:

I have stopped promoting and my sales have all but dried up. The hours of time taken to produce a few sales is not worth the effort. I enjoyed my ten years of publishing, but now I want to use my time to do other things.

I have been telling you that for years, but you were so sure that you knew what you were doing. Shelagh, publishing is hard. That’s why I let other people do the work. What, did you think putting up a web site and publishing your books via P.O.D made you a publisher? Doesn’t work that way. Publishing is hard work. There is editing, marketing and distribution to do, among other things. Oh you liked the idea of being a publisher, showing all those naysayers on AbsoluteWrite Forums that they were wrong about you. That you knew what you were doing.

You were wrong and now you’ve given up. Was it worth it? I hope so.

Today’s Bit Of Unintentional Humor

April 17, 2015

Via Shelagh Watkins, author of Mr. Planemaker’s Flying Machine, and Alice Crooker:


Rest In Peace, Ann L. Joiner

April 5, 2015

It’s been a few days but I just got word Ann Joiner had passed.

I liked Ann, I mean not liked, but I always got a sense she knew more than she was letting on. I first encountered her on the Author’s Den and she had a habit of not wanting to debate anyone about PublishAmerica and putting them on “iggy” (as she called it).

She followed Shelagh Watkins to PublishedAuthors where she became one of Shelagh’s inner circle. I always thought she knew exactly what Shelagh was really up to but enjoyed playing the game, being polite to newcomers but stabbing them in the back the first chance she got. She would smile as she poisoned their tea.

None the less, I deeply saddened by her loss and my send my condolences to her family.

In Which I Discuss The Future Of Thomas Of Xuelition

March 20, 2015

When I wrote Ouroboros, Thomas of Xuelition Book One, I was really excited about it. I loved (and still love) how it turned out. I was even more excited when Booktrope accepted it! I discussed my ideas with the owner and publisher and we decided on five books. Awesome, right?

I dove right into the sequel, rather, a prequel and I began to realize I may have written myself into a box, world wise. The Prakani Empire is at peace, with an effective military and police force, complete with the fearsome Dark Ones. I had originally envisioned a Vlad Taltos like world with powerful people doing cool things.

It didn’t work out that way. I wasn’t going to tell grand stories like that in the peaceful world I had constructed and I got depressed. What fun would this be? Thomas couldn’t do the things I wanted under these circumstances.

I took a mental break and wrote a very long (and as yet unpublished) science fantasy novel while I thought about a way forward with Thomas. I finished with that novel and had an idea: if I couldn’t work with the world I had, why not change it? I would simply destroy it (mostly) then any future Thomas stories would be in a vastly changed, far more dangerous world.

To that effect I wrote Tiamat, a direct sequel to Ouroboros, which sets in motion the world’s sudden change and finished the trial by fire rebirth in Scorpion (which has always been the title of the final book). I didn’t quite finish Scorpion because the whole thing just bummed me out. A new approach was needed.

I pushed Thomas out of my mind for another six months, intending to write another series for Booktrope but the idea of Thomas continued to nag at me. What to do? I let the problem stew and the day before I was going to write an email to Jesse James Freeman, Booktrope’s Chief of Awesomeness ™, I watched an episode of NCIS.

As I watched I thought, “This could be a cool Thomas book” and then it hit me. I’d been over thinking the whole thing, there were plenty of cool stories to be told, maybe even some big ones, if I thought on a slightly smaller scale. Maybe not NCIS: Xuelition but in that general arena.

I found a way out! I even had an idea, and a theme. The book has a title, Gargoyle.

So when will it be finished? I am hoping to start in April and finish by the end of the summer. I am taking some parts from Tiamat, mostly the opening few pages and I am working on a general outline so I get the general story in mind before starting.

What will it be about? Cool stuff! Stay tuned!

It’s 2015

March 14, 2015

I can’t believe it’s been three months since I posted here. I guess is appropriate I waited until International Pi Day to post here.

I started memorizing Pi while bored in study hall in ninth grade. The wall had Pi printed all along the top edge and I would memorize two digits every week. I memorized twenty digits before I got bored and stopped, or was distracted by girls or elves or something.

Happy Pi Day!

Four Years Of Blogination

December 28, 2014

I almost forgot about the fact that Blogination is four years old. Blogination was founded December 15, 2014. This makes Blogination a toddler in blog years.

I manage Blogination by benign neglect. Posts tend to few and far between because of several factors: One, I don’t have a lot to say. I can’t talk about work or the projects that are covered by NDAs. Two, I don’t discuss my family here. Third, and most importantly, I don’t have a lot to say that warrants posts. I don’t want to blog just to blog. If I have something I want to say, I’ll say it. I like it this way. No pressure to blog and I’m fantastically lazy at blogging in any event.

Except for spikes having to do with Writer Beware or Melodi Sherman aka “Macallister Stone”, traffic Blogination has remained pretty steady since I started, so whatever I’m doing, people like it.

Thanks for a great four years (and counting!) dear readers!


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