Monday, January 25, 2021
Public appearances/book signings at Kroger Grocery stores
Sunday, December 27, 2020
Wednesday, December 2, 2020
I just wanted to share this poem I wrote back in 2016.
wind rustles through the trees, sending leaves scattering to the
ground. I stare at patterns of fallen souls as they lay on the ground.
Between the falling leaves, I spy a squirrel or two. And between them,
water that trickles like blood from a cut. A mallard drifts lazily by in
the clear yet muddy colored water. Shorn stone leads down to the water
in layers of packed sediment. I want to lean towards the water, to look
over the edge, but hesitate. What if I should fall? The water looks deep
in places, far deeper than I can swim. But the beauty of the moment is
easy to take in. With the sky overcast, the clouds waiting to cry, I
can't help but feel at one with the world. The brisk breeze teases my
hair, leaving fallen debris in its wake. If only I could reach up to the
treetops and let the breeze carry me away.
Friday, November 27, 2020
I know I'm a day late posting this but I would like to give thanks to all of my readers and supporters. Without you, I wouldn't be where I am today.
This includes my "writing buddy", aka the cat (Kally). She has no problem "helping" me out with my writing stuff, even when I don't want her to help me. But she's cute so I try not to mind too much.
Once more, it's been a hot minute since I last posted anything. I admit to feeling a bit lazy on that end, even though I have been busy with all of my various projects, some in better shape than others. And I can't believe I'm contemplating taking on more.... I must be crazy.
There are a lot of things in the works, and I've already shared some of them with you in my previous post. But, in case you forgot, here's the basic goals for next year. Here's hoping I can get them all done.
- More in-person events (Kroger book signings and hopefully school/book fair visits, pending on how the various mandates and restrictions go)
- Get ready and publish 1-2 new children's picture books. (I've already got the manuscript for one ready for me to get going on illustrations)
- Finish the audio drama version of the Tarragon Trilogy (to happen sometime mid-September at current calculation, with book three starting sometime around February)
- Finally get that all-in-one version of the Tarragon Trilogy, complete with new stories, illustrations, and whatever else I can find to stuff in there. But at least two new stories and some illustrations
- Create and start streaming my "Self-Publishing for the Average Joe", otherwise known as "What I Wished I'd Known Before I Started Self-Publishing", hopefully to start in January (but might have to be closer to March or April, pending on who some other things in the works go)
- Attending/presenting at at least one writing conference/convention (fingers crossed)
- Producing and releasing an audio book of The Unknown Elf
- Potentially releasing an audio book (self-narrated) of Kas
And, with that, I hope you all had a great weekend, a fantastic Thanksgiving, if you celebrated that, and hope your December is amazing.
Saturday, October 10, 2020
I know this whole year has made things topsy turvy. I haven't been as socially active as I have been in the past, previously noted... but I hope to do more soon.
A lot has happened over the last little while, even the last few weeks. I admit I've felt a little overwhelmed with it all, but hope it will all even out sooner than later. I have a lot of fun projects planned, either for continuation or for starting. So I am going to announce my goals for the next six to eight months.
Continue the Tarragon Trilogy audio drama, releasing an episode a week
Complete the Tarragon Trilogy all-in-one book, with bonus material (a short story and illustrations at a minimum added)
Emi's story (working title), details Emi's side of the events of the trilogy
A web series on Self-Publishing and writing (hopefully to be released starting in January)
A possible two new children's picture books (no titles or descriptions yet, and may push back to second half of next year)
I also hope to at least attend one or more writing conferences, either as a presenter or as a regular attendee.
And for those who've kept up to date on my recent author events, today I did present on Self-Publishing at the North Texas Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrator's Fall Conference. I think it went well. And if you are one of those who attended, and "sat in on" my panel, thank you. I appreciate it.
I do have one more, for sure, scheduled Kroger event on October 17th at the 9700 Coit Rd. , Plano TX , 75025 store. I will be there from between 10am to 3pm.
I'm not yet sure if I will be doing any other events this year, to give me time to get a lot of these other projects underway, but I'll let you know, so stay tuned for potential info on that. If not, I will be scheduling evenings for Kroger signings come January/February.
Saturday, August 29, 2020
Greetings all! It's almost.... Fall!
I know it's been quite a while since I last posted an update here. I'm sorry about that. Life has been.... hectic. I'm sure you all can agree with that. And, admittedly, time got away from me. This whole shutdown has been hard on many and I can only hope it will end soon.
For those who want to see where they can interact with me, at a nice socially distant pace, check out my upcoming events, listed just under this bit of text.
Kroger book events:
September 12 @ 2671 Little Elm Park, Little Elm, TX - between 10-3
October 17 @9700 Coit Rd, Plano, TX -between 10-3
October 10-11, The Society of Children's Book Writers And Illustrators
Regional Conference for North Texas, online. I will be presenting on self publishing.
Registration information can be found HERE. You do not need to be a member, but it does help with price! This will be strictly online only.
There are currently no school visits or book fairs scheduled, due to COVID-19.
Tarragon Trilogy Audio drama. If you haven't give it a listen, we are currently releasing Dragon Mage, Chapter Eight, which is in book two of the Trilogy.
In other news, there are a few things in the works, including additional stories that I plan on including in an omnibus (all-in-one) version of the Tarragon Trilogy, as well as some more children's books, and a possible Audio Book of The Unknown Elf!
Thursday, July 9, 2020
You must register online to get the room code for this event. The code should be mailed out to you via email prior to the event.