Short story from my writer's group on Goodreads. The man who speaks to the dead.
Reality—for the living—is a fragile thing, and those bent toward belief fiercely protect their version of it. It feels wrong of me to intercede. It feels wrong to leave it in a kaleidoscope of shards by speaking the truth. People want to view death as they view life—within their own frameworks. If I were to convey to them something different, I would be attacked. ... more »
This is a semi-true story. The question is, where do you find the truth?
In the meantime, I walked down to DJT to get a bite to eat. I was underdressed but fortunately I had found my t-shirt with the flag on it in the bottom of my bag. That shirt had always bailed me out in a tight situation before. Nobody can question your loyalty when you wear the flag. ... more »
That’s a starving slave talking. You walking too fast. We need a good set of eyes on the place before we march on up. You see freedom but they might see fugitive. —I decided to take a break from writing my next novel to participate in my writer's group. This is a story from it.
Rosa plays the numbers, punching invisible digits on the tabletop with a pinkish fingertip. A grin stretches across her face, eyes wide like she is conjuring dark magic. ... more »
I replaced my old notebooks over a year ago now with the reMarkable 1 e-ink tablet. As someone who has used a notebook for a long time, it was a big leap.
I finally received the new reMarkable 2 a week ago and I have been using it ever since. I was in the October production batch and received it on October 24, a week after it was supposed to be delivered. DHL couldn’t find my house for some reason and delayed delivery a week. ... more »
100 copies of Purple Hearted Man are being given away at Goodreads. See below.
100 copies of Purple Hearted Man are being given away at Goodreads. ... more »
Justin Sewall did a great job with the narration of Purple Hearted Man
Justin does a great job with the narration. The book is just under 5 hours long. The audio version of Purple Hearted Man, narrated by Justin Sewall, is available now at Audible.... more »
So, I put my money down and pre-ordered a ReMarkable 2 for the July shipment window
I reviewed The ReMarkable tablet here last year. For those who don't know, the ReMarkable is a tablet made for writing and taking note or doing sketches. It works on eInk technology. The ReMarkable has won a bazillion awards and I have loved using it. ... more »
After Desert Storm we met in a small town in Kentucky. I realized afterward just how proud I was of my brother and the person he had become. In fact, over the years I have told parts of his story many times to people I’ve met and I always felt a great sense of pride doing so.
I never served in the military. One of my brothers was Special Forces and then worked for Homeland Security. My father served stateside before I was born. My uncle was in the first ever Green Beret team in Korea. I’ve been around people who served their country but I wouldn’t pretend to understand what that meant to them. I am an artist and writer and I created this website for Hey, 19 - Country First Challenge, that is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of first-responders, military veterans and the homeless. ... more »
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 »