A group of old liars tell tall tales
The old liars weren’t fazed by his story. They’d heard it all in their time. They examined the details and tried to smithy out something passable in it while the iron was hot. They knew Peet, knew him well. He’d peter out and lose interest before long, a lack of concentration, they reasoned. Lying, they told all who inquired, required stamina, experience and an intimate relationship with the lubricant Jose Cuervo. ... more »
I will be signing copies of my new novel at Books Are Awesome in Parker, Colorado
I will be signing copies of my new novel at Books Are Awesome in Parker, Colorado, on February 8, 2020 from 5:00pm - 8:00pm. Come out and see me and pick up a hardcover copy of the book. It's the Grand Opening for Books Are awesome in Parker. There are lots of activities throughout the day. ... more »
Purple Hearted Man is on sale at Amazon and Barnes and Noble in digital format. This is a chance to get the book at a discounted price—$.99! Get a copy now before the runs out.
Purple Hearted Man is on sale at Amazon and Barnes and Noble in digital format. This is a chance to get the book at a discounted price—$.99! Get a copy now before the runs out. ... more »
Let’s get this out of the way right at the start: go see this movie. Knives Out is fun and worth the time. It’s an old-fashioned mystery. Think Ellery Queen, Columbo and Clue, even Murder On The Orient Express. It’s filled with completely unlikeable and eccentric characters—none of whom would cause you to be upset if they were guilty. Except, of course, the one person who seems guilty is the outsider, and wholly likable.
Let’s get this out of the way right at the start: go see this movie. Knives Out is fun and worth the time. It’s an old-fashioned mystery. Think Ellery Queen, Columbo and Clue, even Murder On The Orient Express. It’s filled with completely unlikeable and eccentric characters—none of whom would cause you to be upset if they were guilty. Except, of course, the one person who seems guilty is the outsider, and wholly likable. ... more »
Congratulations to the winners of the Goodreads Giveaway of Purple Hearted Man.
Congratulations to the winners of the Goodreads Giveaway of Purple Hearted Man. I got over 1,000 people to sign up for a chance to win one of four signed hardcover copies. ... more »
Register to win one of 4 signed hardcover editions of Purple Hearted Man
Register to win one of 4 signed hardcover editions of Purple Hearted Man. ... more »
Writer's Group story. The parameters: Observing a developing civilization and a near-death experience
Pink leaves tickled her arms and the forest floor of teal-covered grass was soft beneath her feet. The sea sounded distant though she knew it was just on the other side of the tree line. She smiled; The planet’s pungent smell—life, death, decay—was different from home but not in an unpleasant way. She stopped and raised her face to the warm sunshine that filtered through the canopy of trees. It transported her and she found she was young again, carefree and without the weight of adulthood and its many expectations. ... more »
Sitting in a packed theater I found it difficult to find anything I didn't like about the movie Ford v Ferrari
Wow! What a good movie. Ford v Ferrari was strong all the way through. The pacing was great and the acting fantastic throughout the entire movie. Matt Damon and Christian Bale were excellent. Even the race scenes felt realistic. It should be noted, if you aren't a big race car fan you'll still enjoy this movie. There was a great deal of excitement around LeMans when I was young, which reminds me how quickly and much things have changed and shifted. Back then, the '60s and even the '70s, racing, and cars in general, were still relatively new and exciting. Reaching the limits of what would be possible was still well into the future and in some ways it was a golden era for pushing the limits beyond anything known. ... more »
When the new movie came out and the critical reviews weren’t horrible (71% on Rotten Tomatoes) and I learned it had Linda Hamilton in a lead role, I decided to see it.
The first two Terminator movies came out when I was young and I really liked them at the time. They seemed different from other movies that had been on the big screen, grittier than Star Wars, darker thank Star Trek and filled with lots of action. The three movies that followed lost me. I saw them, but wasn’t really into the storylines. Maybe that was because I had aged, or maybe they weren’t that good. ... more »
Enter now to win a one of four free hardcover copies of the book! The contest is over at Goodreads.
Enter now to win a free hardcover copy of the book! The contest is over at Goodreads. ... more »
Jeffrey Keeten has written a nice review of Purple Hearted Man. Jeffrey is considered one of the best reviewers on Goodreads and one of the most followed.
As I was reading this book, I kept thinking about Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse, which I read, frankly, another lifetime ago. There is a fairy tale aspect to the way this book is presented that allows Jack McDaniel to talk about serious issues without coming across as moralizing. Purple just wants us all to take a step back and consider that all the things we find to be most important are actually fabricated constructs that should be treated with skepticism instead of veneration. ... more »
Purple Hearted Man is now available on NetGalley. For those of you who are members, this is a chance to get a free copy and leave me a review.
Purple Hearted Man is now available on NetGalley. For those of you who are members, this is a chance to get a free copy and leave me a review.... more »
As I have noted before, professional voiceover artist Justin Sewall is narrating Purple Hearted Man. Below is a brief excerpt of the first chapter. Enjoy! And don't forget to pre-order the book.
As I have noted before, professional voiceover artist Justin Sewall is narrating Purple Hearted Man. Listen to the first chapter. Enjoy! And don't forget to pre-order the book. ... more »
I’m tired of several things with all of the comic book movies. One is the multi-movie format.
I’m not well-versed in the comic book lore or history of Joker. I’m not a huge Batman fan, either. I don’t dislike either of them. I’ve just never spent time with the comics. I did watch every episode of Adam West’s Batman show growing up and I’ve seen the Christian Bale movies, which I loved. ... more »
Early reviews for the book are fantastic!
Purple Hearted Man is available for pre-order through Amazon and Barnes and Noble. As of this writing you can pre-roder the Kindle or eBook version. The hardback will be online shortly. ... more »
I recently purchased a ReMarkable tablet. There was a great deal on refurbished models so I decided it was time to try one.
I recently purchased a ReMarkable tablet. There was a great deal on refurbished models so I decided it was time to try one. I have a long history of using notebooks, for work, writing and just about anything I feel the need to jot down. For more than a decade I have used a large, ruled Moleskine softcover as my notebook of choice. And while I love them, there are a few drawbacks. In particular, going back to find something I’ve written or drawn in an older notebook. I go through one of them every three to four months, so it can get tedious. The truth is, I usually only rarely go back to the previous notebook and anything before that is no longer relevant. ... more »
Writer's group story. The prompts were: Bored AI and something about garbage. 750 word limit.
My addiction robs me, siphons off memories, hoards time greedily. But who is the greater enemy: time or the addiction? After 1,000 years I know the answer. In Moldova I force a surge of power across the network. Forever-lights wink out in the republic, a few stray above-ground telephone lines crackle, relay boxes near the border of Ukraine explode. The energy surge travels across my distributed network, filters through the ancient bot-maintained surge protectors. The surge bleeds across lines and even skips over concrete on occasion. ... more »
Thoughts of my Filipino honey buoy my sinking morale. Short fiction.
We march heads down, no longer engaged with the world, mindless drones. The rain that falls in sheets does nothing to fight back the heat; It piles on more oppression, like the horrors of the past few months that have become burned-in memories. We slog through mud and dense forest floors with rifles limp at our sides, our minds as gray as the drowning landscape. At intervals the rains stop and the sun blasts through the clouds and moisture rises from the ground and suffocates. ... more »
The last days of a dying empire.
Now I stared out at the confetti littered streets, the wrappers and discarded signs, the aftermath. The shine was all gone. Where to, I couldn’t say. Perhaps shipped off and returned to the battlecruisers and battalions, off to the moon and the weapons depot there. Even the pride was missing. All that remained was the debris, the decay—and two old men to wrestle with their melancholy. ... more »
Another writer's group short story. 750 words.
The frustrated butterfly flapped its wings and flew upward several feet, then spiraled and circled back around, landing softly where it had previously rested. The landscaping bot continued to sweep up pieces of the grass it had cut, meticulously removing them from the walkway. It came across an acorn and scanned it to be certain what it was. Something resembling a nutcracker came out from the bot’s side and split the acorn in half. It passed the split acorn to an appendage that extended to the top of a small rise in the ground and gently placed the acorn in the grass. ... more »
Voice-over artist and friend Justin Sewall will be doing the audio version of Purple Hearted Man.
Voice-over artist and friend Justin Sewall will be doing the audio version of Purple Hearted Man. I'm excited because Justin is a professional artist and he has already read the book and jumped on board. Justin is also a good writer and understands the process. He and I have been members of the same writer's group for several years.... more »
The cover for Purple Hearted Man is done!
New book coming out January of 2020.
Purple has a difficult job: He was placed here to take down the One-Eyed God. It’s his mission and he won’t fail. It’s a lonely road for someone like him—a healer—but he has help. The hippies are his friends: Chloe the yogi, Wheat the candlestick maker, and Berrydream, who is in retail. And he has his tribe: Charlotte, Stranger and Jackson. Eventually, the tigers that roam the city might become allies, too. Who can say, tigers are fickle. ... more »
Tadashi Hayakawa isn't just an internationally respected artist who happens to live in Parker, Colorado. He is also one of the community's most valuable assets
Upon viewing a piece of Tadashi Hayakawa's art I always have the feeling that something important, something central, is lurking just off the canvas. There is an earthy quality to all of his work, a gritty mixture of sand, water and the mess of life. But it is also familiar, something you feel you could have created yourself - had you continued painting with the same carefree vision of your youth. ... more »
Cincinnati’s Over The Rhine. Then. A convergence of the grind and grit of life with the surreal.
Cincinnati’s Over The Rhine. Then. A convergence of the grind and grit of life with the surreal. Over The Rhine in 1980 was considered one of the country’s worst and most dangerous urban areas. But it wasn’t always like that. Nor is it today. The Over The Rhine area of Cincinnati began its life as the place to be in town. High end apartments and homes, clubs and live music. Some of the best urban architecture anywhere in the United States – including Art Deco, Italianate, and Gothic buildings, and Music Hall’s Venetian Gothic – can be found in the neighborhood. The mostly red brick buildings were built by German immigrants in the mid-1800s, who also named the place and helped define its character ... more »
It’s not the woods that have changed. It’s more that the freedom I experienced as a youth – that letting go and just being – always ends up in shackles, dragging the weight of time behind it
Our favorite thing to do everywhere in the woods was to turn over the large stones and fallen branches and look at the things living beneath them. We wanted to know what was underneath. A few minutes along the path and at the bottom of a hill was a creek. In the creek it was even more true about turning over rocks, except there we were looking for crawdads. Sometimes we would capture them, sometimes not. It was more about the hunt. ... more »
Another science fiction story from the Consortium Universe. Agent Rha Erinsies of Special Branch hunts down a fugitive. This was also part of my writer's group work.
Demons hide in the oddest of places. Folklore and legend has them under beds, just around corners, under ground or in the basement. The Bakkle of Solorn is said to hide in the low hanging clouds on a rainy day. Ha! If only that were true. ... more »
The rain only knows that it must fall. It has no intent. It seeks no path. But on the ground, well, that is another matter. Raindrops form puddles, congregate together and await the jumps of little girls, and the chance to fall again.
Lilith sucked in air, held her breath, squatted and jumped for all she was worth. A few feet later she landed – SPLASH! – two-footed in a small puddle. She giggled. ... more »
Ever wonder what life is like inside the Barrel Of Monkeys? Neither did I, before. Now I have. Sorry. New story.
It all started when she had friends over. It started out normally, we were all arm in arm, kids laughing, us reds doing our best to beat the blues. You know. Then they started laughing, the kids did. I got tossed, landed on an edge and bounced into drawer, I think. She pushed stuff into the drawer when cleaning up and was pushed towards the back. There was a crack in the back of the drawer and eventually I fell out, stuck in the darkness under the chest of drawers. Just me, alone. ... more »