Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Sapphire is out


Sapphire Sirens hit the book stores yesterday. Hope people like it as much as a enjoyed writing it.


Wednesday, September 9, 2009

My Last Zuda Entry


I will be giving Zuda one more try. This time with the very talented Hope H as my illustrator. This is my most serious story to date about a woman who can travel through time (and space.) She is only suppose to observe and not "touch". But it appears the temptation to "dabble" may become too great for her.

Here is a pencil sample:

Thursday, September 3, 2009

A hint at my next entry

A hint at my next zuda entry if I can convince the artist to finish it.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Friday, June 26, 2009



Just got the cover for Sapphire Sirens. It's nice. Will be posting it soon. My final edits are done. So off to copy edit now.

Man, my working daze gets so much more action!

Friday, June 12, 2009


Still waiting to hear back from Daw on my final (well before galleys) edits of Sapphire Sirens.

Still waiting to hear from DC on my latest zuda entry. No idea what wait time is now. It would be great if we made the July competition. Shannon would have fun at Comic Con,

Monday, June 8, 2009

Newest Zuda Entry

My newest zuda entry Kiss Em Deadly was submitted today. Kiss em Deadly is about a woman who's touch can kill the living and animate the dead (that she herself doesn't kill). Think sort of Rogue meets Pushing Daisies. Of course things turn out to be much more complicated than that. The woman is much more than she seems...

Kiss em Deadly is drawn by Cedric and co-written by Shannon Codner who happens to look a lot like the main character.

Shannon's web site is here.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Editing, editing more editing

Well I am on the last legs (well near last legs) of the Sapphire Sirens editing process. I received my editors suggestions and am now implementing them. It's actually a pretty painless process. Though I am not sure how these things worked in the "old days" (the 80s) before "track changes" became standard in Word.

I plan to be done by end of the month.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Going Organic

While I would love to write one more Zach novel is Daw is interested, I also plan to branch out into a new series. Something like Zach but different. I am even thinking of going organic with this one and writing start to finish withOUT an outline.


Friday, April 10, 2009

Down time work

While I wait for my feedback from Daw I am working on a number of projects.

First I am trying to get my mind around my next solo-novel.  I have a cool idea about a Dwarf PI living in a sort of other dimension Earth, where it's the equivalent of the 1970s and creatures from fantasy mix with regular humans. 

I am also working on a YA novel, about a girl who is half-vampire with my buddy Shannon Duffy.

I am also working on a hypnosis self-help book with my good friend: writer, director, hypnotist, actress: Elena Beloff

I am also working on the next issue of my comic Sam 3.14,PI being illustrated by Scott Roberts and inked and lettered  by John Dallaire.  

Plus I am working on my next zuda entry, a serious one.  This one will be illustrated by Chris Meeks, John Dallaire will ink and color and Elena will also be onboard as a co-writer.  Man we better win this time.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009


I am thinking about going organic for my next book and writing it start to finish without an outline.  

Just thinking mind you...

Just thinking....

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Disscussion on humorous sf writers

I took part in an online discussion of The Funniest Writers in the History of SF / F. It was part of the SF Signal Mind Meld.

Pretty much the conversation has to have a lot of Douglas Adams in it, but other names do pop up.

It was nice to be asked to be in the conversation.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Book off

Well the Sapphire Haired Sirens has now been delivered to Daw. Now I wait for them to give me their feedback and suggested edits.

It's always an interesting time when you finish a book. On one hand you feel relieved, you did it. You had this story inside of you and you told it in a orderly and entertaining fashion. It's done. It's out the door. It belong to the world now.

On the other hand, you feel like a parent who has just sent their child off to school. You can't help wondering, have I done enough? Is he ready? Maybe I should prepare him more?

Of course you can't coddle them forever (as much as you would like to) so you have to send them off.

Saturday, March 14, 2009


Just reading over my first editor's edits. Book to be delivered to Daw on Monday. I have to say, I like this book which I believe is a good sign that others will too.

Sure it's just bubble gum for the brain but it's what I do.

Oh speaking of brain gum I am also on twitter now.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Book in editing

The Sapphire Sirens is now being edited.  I like to hire a private editor before I send my version of to Daw.  I try to make things as easy as possible for my publisher.  

One of the first laws of writing is: be nice to do those who give you money.

This isn't quite as important as: have a spouse or significant other with a good day job.  (But it's up there.)

It's kind of a relief having the book out of my hands.  I believe one famous writer once said something like, "finishing a book is like taking a baby out in the yard and shooting it..."  To me, finishing a book is more like seeing your baby walk off to college for the first time.  

Friday, February 27, 2009

The end is near

...and that's a good thing.

I can now see the end of tunnel for the Sapphire Sirens. Yeah. I had actually written my way to the end of the tunnel while in Costa Rica but when I arrived back home and read the ending I decided I wanted to make the ending different.

It's funny you plot a book from beginning to end. Then you start writing that book and that book starts to take new meaning. The characters tend to grow and change as they take on lives of their own. In this case I decided the ending I had envisioned no longer messed well with how the characters had grown.

The new ending is better. Really it is. That is my story and I am sticking too it.

Friday, February 20, 2009

More speed

I am no finally wrapping up The Sapphire Sirens.  I have found out something else about my writing speed, it really increases when I can see the finish line.

I am so close to being done now I can taste it.  I see the end in my minds eye clearly I just need to write it.  The cool thing is I am writing it quite quickly.  I am here on break visiting family in Costa Rica for a couple of days.   It's not the most conducive environment for writing, we live in a crowded part of town, I have a LOT of relatives around, we have many barking dogs, there are many honking horns and there are a lot of construction workers working away.  Yet despite all of this I have been putting down over 5K words a day.  

I guess now that I can see the end I write my way to it fast before I forget it.  :)  Actually I just want to wrap this one up as I always feel so much better once I have all 80K words down.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Writing Speed

On a normal day I write between 1500 -- 2500 words.  This is usually over the course of 4-6 hours depending on what's going on in my life.  On a good day with no distractions I can do about 4000 words.  My record is 10,000 words on a day with no sleep.

The funny thing is I noticed that I write faster when I am writing a fight scene.  I don't know why.  Maybe because I get excited?  Maybe because I am anxious to get the moves down before I forget. But yesterday I wrote a 500 word fight scene in like 30 minutes.  

Man if I could write every scene so quickly I could get a novel done in a week.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

The "Oh Wow" Moment

I am chugging along on the Sapphire Sirens. I am finally starting to get over my "mental lag" from my father's recent passing and get the story clicking again.

As I have mentioned before I write from a pretty extensive outline (usually 25+ pages) but I allow myself to venture off of the outline when the story calls for it. After all sometimes you don't know a character or how characters will react to a situation until you write for those characters for a bit and get to know them and the situation.

Plugging along suddenly it hit me. All along I have known who the killer or killers are in this story and what their motives were but then my brain said, "Oh wow, wouldn't it be cool if I did this..." The this being making the killer a totally different person.

I totally fought down that "Oh wow" moment. I have a very clear version of this story and where it is heading. Following that "oh wow" moment would have clouded that vision and slowed the process down. Being slowed down is something neither I or my publisher wants right now. Especially since this thought was more of a whim than a true thought out thought. Maybe if I had more time I could explore it but not this time. Books are created by having a solid foundation and plans on how to build up from that foundation.

True it might have been fun to explore where this new path would lead me, but when you are deadline the goal is to get there as fast as can. Will I regret not following a whim? Perhaps. But if Sapphire Sirens finishes on time and is an enjoyable read it will be a regret I can live with.


Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Back in the Saddle

Hi all,

I am back in the saddle writing away again.  Okay maybe not in the saddle writing as that doesn't sound very productive, but back at my desk writing again.

It turns out the time off may have been helpful as I saw something about the flow of SSS I didn't like while refreshing myself by reading the outline.  I tweaked the outline and then rewrote the parts of the actual story to reflect the changes and how they cascade throughout the story line.  

It's amazing that sometimes you can be to close to the project to see it clearly.

If you haven't checked out my zuda project yet, time is running out.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Some things do slow you down

Hi all,

The past ten days have been a real drag on my writing. My family and I spent the last week in the hospital waiting for my dad to pass on. It's amazing how tiring sitting and waiting for the inevitable can be. I spent the night in the hospital with him on Wednesday. I was planning on getting some writing done then I got 325 words written most of them gibberish. He finally passed away on Friday. Since then days have been filled with arrangements and houses have been filled with relatives. I have tried to do some writing but it's dragged.

Yesterday was the funeral. Today he is buried. So today my father is gone but I am trying to stay filled with hope. First my father is no longer suffering. Many many years with Alzheimer's disease made him a person he wouldn't want to be. Second, we have a new president. I am hopeful he will help lift the country up out of it's current situation. People view us as bomb first talk later. Hopefully that and the economy will now start to improve. It will be a long haul but I have faith things will improve. I am also certain my dad and ex-Marine would really like our new president.

Sorry for the ramble. With luck and bit of will power I will be back to writing tomorrow.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Number one somewhere

This was nice news from The Mysterious Galaxy bookstore.   Flaxen Femme Fatale was the number one selling paper back there last month.  Sure it's just one store but it's one big store!

Don't forget about Lasers Dragons and Lies on Zuda.

Zuda agin

Hi all:

Like I mentioned in my other blog I am back in DC comic's zuda competition.  Since I hope to move Zach into the comic field (as a compliment to my novels) a win here would be quite nice.  My entry this time is Lasers Dragons and Lies, a fun sci fi and fantasy story.  

Please check it out and if you like it vote for it, add it to your favorites and give it a nice rating,

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy 09!

Hello all:

Hopefully 09 will be a good year for all.  Every year is filled with both ups and downs hopefully this year will have more peaks than valleys.  One of the first gags I once wrote for a famous comic strip was, life is a series of trade offs, if you come out even you are ahead

I remain optimistic that my writing career will continue to grow.  Sapphire Sirens is due in book stores at the end of the year.  Ballistic Babes (Vixen and Bombshell combined) hits stores in April.  Plus Dangerous Dames will be a SF book pick early this year.   I have ideas for a couple of other Zach books and a comic.

As for non Zach writing (when you are midlist you need multiple projects) I hope to actually get a new comic in Zuda and win this year.  I have another book idea I am working on with my buddy Shannon Duffy.   I have another comic idea I am working on with my other buddy Elena Beloff plus I still hope to someday do a hypnosis book with Elena.  I also have a couple of scripts bouncing around with producers.  So we will see.

And of course there is still my own comic strip Working Daze.  I hope it's readership continues to grow.

Peace!  See you all next week.