Author, Editor, Entrepreneur

About the Arena

The Arena is a place where I put myself on the stage.

Learn more

Want to Hire Me?

Are you in need of a blogger, editor, reader, copywriter?

Learn more

Me & Horses

I am also learning about horses and horsemanship.

Learn more

Writing Damn Fine Words

Writing Damn Fine Words

This was written 3 years ago for the Damn Fine Words writing contest held by James Chartrand of Men With Pens. When I was young, there was hardly ever a time that I didn’t have a book (or two) in my hand. “Don’t read at the table.” “Leave your book in the car!” “We paid […]

REPRINT: Five Stages of Parental Guil...

REPRINT: Five Stages of Parental Guilt

This was written for another blog four years ago when Natasha was five years old. When you’re pregnant (or your significant other is), you spend a lot of your time thinking about the baby. You think about what he/she is going to look like. Will he/she look more like her father or her mother? You […]

Book Review: and she was by Alison Ga...

Book Review: and she was by Alison Gaylin

The premise behind and she was by Alison Gaylin was what caught my eye first: “Missing persons investigator Brenna Spector has a rare neurological disorder that enables her to recall every detail of every day of her life.” But not only can she remember every detail, she is plagued by that remembering at various inopportune […]

The Super Secret Solution to Beat Wri...

The Super Secret Solution to Beat Writers’ Block

I know what you’re saying. You’ve seen this before. You’ve seen headlines that promise you the answer to all your problems. They promise you the one solution to your problem — the uber-secret solution that really, really works in every single case for every person who’s tried it. I fall for all of those. I’m […]

MUSIC: Jim Curnutte in Huntington, WV...

MUSIC: Jim Curnutte in Huntington, WV (Including a Shout-Out to Eve and Under Surveillance)

Ok, I can’t help myself on this one. A friend of mine posted a post on my Facebook page from an old friend I hadn’t seen or spoken to in years, Jim Curnutte. I’ve been listening to his music on SoundCloud too and have decided I want everything he’s done. It’s fun, it’s got […]

Review: What Our Eyes Have Witnessed ...

Review: What Our Eyes Have Witnessed (The Zombie Bible #1) by Stant Litore

I’m not sure I’ve ever read a book like this one before. I’ve read zombie stories (who hasn’t?) and I’ve read Christian horror novels (Frank Peretti and the like), but I’ve never read both together at the same time. Ok, I must also admit – I’m really not a huge fan of zombies. For me, […]

My Accident: Fear is the Mind-Killer

My Accident: Fear is the Mind-Killer

The Bene-Gesserit Litany Against Fear (from DUNE by Frank Herbert) I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to […]

Stephen King Revisited: THE LONG WALK...

Stephen King Revisited: THE LONG WALK by Richard Bachman

“And we’re walking and walking… and walking… and walking…” — any Dungeons and Dragons game I’ve ever played. In what can only be called a dystopian society, one hundred young men – all under 20, at least – apply and are chosen for a walking competition. The rules are simple: Walk. You must walk above […]

SK Revisited: RAGE by Richard Bachman...

SK Revisited: RAGE by Richard Bachman AKA Stephen King

“The morning I got it on was nice; a nice May morning.” Rage is by far my favorite of the Bachman books. And of course it is – the first time I read it, I was in high school and could put myself in the position of Charlie Decker (well, to a point). I was […]

Learning from my Accident: LeslieR...

Pers and I, long before my accident

What were the factors that lead up to and caused you to fall off? Improper equipment, lack of balance (seat), fear and not being able to overcome it, lack of communication between horse and rider, not being assertive enough to be able to turn Pers around. I listened to what Mendy had said about being […]

Subscribe to Blog via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. (This is different from the newsletter.)


This is narrative: The king died, and then the queen died. This is plot: The king died -- and then the queen died of grief.
-E. M. Forster

Writing Goals and Progress

Collaboration with Andy
38,992/62,000 words

The Book Collector (First Draft)
5,643/65,000 words

The House (First Draft)
7,400/65,000 words

My Instagram

My Pinterest

Free 3-Minute Writing Mistake Fix