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Jeff Strand

First, a bit of a warning – Jeff Strand is not a MG writer. His focus is on horror, and a lot of comedic horror. But I think his writing is ok for a lot of kids. Read on and decide for yourself. When I was 10, I started reading Stephen King, and he remains one...
Cupboardmaker Books

Cupboardmaker Books

I’ll make this easy – this is one of my all time favorite bookstores. Ever. ‘Nuff said. If you are in the Harrisburg Pennsylvania area, it is definitely worth a detour to get to this store. They have SOOOOO many books. And lots of books that I...
The Dragonlance Chronicles

The Dragonlance Chronicles

For my 16th birthday, my aunt gave me a fantasy book. She really  had no idea what I liked or what this book was about, she just knew I read a lot and that this was a new and hot book. Turns out it was one of the best birthday presents I ever got. The Dragonlance...

Prime book box

Parents, remember the days of Columbia record club? Maybe you don’t. How about Book of the month club? If you don’t know what I’m talking about, the book of the month club would send you a new book every month. You would tell them what types of books...
The Pushcart War by Jean Merrill

The Pushcart War by Jean Merrill

This is one of my all time favorite books, but it’s probably one that most people don’t know. In The Pushcart War, we journey back in time to the early 1900’s. Cities are bustling and filling with cars and trucks. Still, there are vendors selling out...
Sizzle – Lee Mclain

Sizzle – Lee Mclain

First, full disclosure – I met Lee McClain several years ago. She and another author were talking books. I didn’t know either of them were authors and jumped in with my 2 cents. 🙂 Anyway, found out she writes christian romance, which isn’t a genre I...
German village book store

German village book store

Don’t you just love to walk into a book store? All the possibilities! And even better, is when you go into a bookstore that has quite a bit of atmosphere – you know, the kind that just calls to you and draws you in. Books are fantastic travel companions....
Call of the Wild – Jack London

Call of the Wild – Jack London

Let’s take a journey back in time, to the gold rush of the late 1800’s. Let’s go, not to warm California like you may think, but further up north. In “Call of the Wild” you’ll visit the frozen area’s around Alaska and Canada,...
Call me Scrooge

Call me Scrooge

Every year at Christmas, I try to read A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Not only is it a ghost story, but it’s a great message and has a meaning that I think we all understand. The change and redemption of someone. It’s a fantastic book that lets you...
writing exercise

writing exercise

There are many ways to improve your writing. The first, and most obvious, is just to write more. With more practice you should get better. Part of that process is to get feedback from others. What we think we are writing is not always what is coming across to others....
Justice League movie – story fail

Justice League movie – story fail

Have you seen the Justice League movie? If you haven’t, it’s pretty good, you should check it out. It’s supposed to be DC’s answer to the Marvel multi-movie universe. That’s a whole different discussion and not what I want to bring up...

Dr. Time

This was a short story I submitted on Reddit for a writing prompt I found on the Reedsy writing prompts: https://reedsy.com/writing The prompt was: The doctor gave you six months. You lived through it, one year has passed. Not surprised, he then gave you one year;...
Writing with balance

Writing with balance

Many writers, including yours truly, struggle to write not just well but the bestest words. See that, I need to edit that. It’s very difficult to write out what you want to say. Sometimes you write the most perfect thing, then get disgusted when you read it...
They say we need a writing prompt, not a revolution

They say we need a writing prompt, not a revolution

When my kids were in middle school, they participated in a program called Power of the Pen. A group of them would meet once a week after school and work on writing. At the end of the year, there was a contest amongst multiple schools. During the day, the kids would be...
Ramblings like Stephen King

Ramblings like Stephen King

One of the writers I have read a lot of is Stephen King. Starting about age 10, I have read almost everything he has written. The Shining is one of my favorite books of all time. One reason for Mr. King’s popularity may be his comfortable, aw-shucks tone at...
Liza Jane Sketch

Liza Jane Sketch

This is the first sketch I have of one of my characters, Liza Jane Drawn by Maegan Schneider – https://he-mei.deviantart.com/
Manga for everyone

Manga for everyone

I recently came across something that has me completely intrigued. I was at the Cleveland Wizard World Con in the Manga/Anime area. I normally am not a manga kinda guy, but I wandered in. Looking at the one table, a young lady started to tell me what they were about...
Call me Scrooge

Reading a Christmas Carol

Every year at Christmas, I read A Christmas Carol by Dickens and also Skipping Christmas by Grisham. If you’ve never read A Christmas Carol, you should. What other ghost story do you know set at Christmas? I discovered Skipping Christmas because I really like...
First weekend writing

First weekend writing

Who wants to write? Many people have ideas for stories or want to write a novel. Most of those people never will. You probably have friends that keep saying they want to write, but they never had. Maybe you are one of those people also! I was one of those people. I...