Monday, January 25, 2021

Starting out the year with some Events:

 I would like to announce the following upcoming author events for the DFW area:

Public appearances/book signings at Kroger Grocery stores

February 5 and 6, 2021 (Fri and Sat) from 10am to 3pm
2671 Little Elm Park, Little Elm, TX 75068 on

March 6, 2021 (Sat) 10am to 3pm
4620 SH 121, Lewisville, TX 75056

April 23 and 24, 2021 (Fri and Sat) from 10am to 3pm
9700 Coit Rd, Plano, TX 75025

May 21 and 22, 2021 (Fri and Sat) from 10am to 3pm
1212 E. Bethany Dr. Allen, TX 75002 

June 18 and 19, 2021 (Fri and Sat) from 10am to 3pm
2671 Little Elm Park, Little Elm, TX 75068 

Please come and see me!

Sunday, December 27, 2020

Heading into the home stretch

 
 
There are only a few days left in the year 2020, and boy what a year it has been. I don't know anyone who had a clue just how crazy it would be, and I honestly hope that next year doesn't repeat, and that it isn't worse. We've all certainly been hit hard and I hope we all get a bit of smooth sailing for a little while.
 
My year in review:
 
I started doing events at Kroger grocery stores, which was an interesting change for me, especially with the whole mask thing once COVID hit. But, I think I met a lot of great people because of this, and was able to sell a decent amount of books, which was nice. The biggest take away from that is that my stories got out to a new audience, hopefully bringing hope and joy in an otherwise bleak year.
 
I was able to participate in a regional conference as a presenter, something I hadn't thought possible, especially as an invited speaker instead of someone who just suggested a class and got randomly picked. Chalk that one up on my resume, I guess. But it has led me to want to get more serious about creating more online content in the form of classes and presentations on writing and publishing, which I hope to work on in 20201.
 
Despite lock downs, I was able to  write, illustrate, and publish a new children's picture book, The Cookies Are Missing!, dedicating that to my paternal grandmother, who always had a cookie for her grandkids every time we visited, and, who, sadly, passed away last year.

In February, I was able to kick off the release of the Tarragon Trilogy Audio Drama, which is still in the process of being released, and will continue through September of next year. While it may not have as my views/listens as I would like, it has helped give so many a creative outlet, and I just want you all to know how much I appreciate working with my cast and crew on this. They are all amazingly talented.

I have also had several ideas for new books, both novel and children's picture book, pop into my head over this past year, and will be working on them throughout the coming year or so, pending on how things go with all of my projects.

There as been some progress on the all in one version of the Tarragon Trilogy book, with a new short story joining the mix, and a few new illustrations. I plan on trying to get a few more illustrations, and a new cover, before I release it, hopefully by early summer 2021.
 
I have also been able to organize my work space a bit, with a newer computer, which is nice. My desktop has finally bitten the dust and had to be retired, but the laptop that is replacing it has turned out to be incredibly nice.
 
Did I mention that I'm also working on some promotional items for the whole dragon series? I've got some new jewelry going on, and am working on some 3D models of the signature jewelry from the book, mainly the dragon pendant, the mage ring, and hopefully the bone knife. We'll see how far I get on that one.
 
All in all, despite the craziness of a global pandemic, health concerns with extended family, job issues from lock downs and related... it's not been a horrible year. I've certainly had worse, though I hope 2021 doesn't take that as a challenge! I would love to be able to settle into a routine again, get some of the projects currently on my whiteboard finished, and take some time to simply enjoy life again.
 
So, from Dallas, TX, I hope you all have at least a decent rest of the year, and that your 2021 is a heck a lot better than 2020 was.
 
Toodles!

 

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

A poem for Fall/Winter

 I just wanted to share this poem I wrote back in 2016.

 

The 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

Giving Thanks

 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

October Update

 Greetings all!


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

It's been a "hot minute", as the saying goes.


 

 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

 Other events:

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.

 

 

Again, a reminder about my
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

Upcoming Event: Dallas Library Online Workshop

On August 14th, I will be online with the Dallas Public Library System, giving a presentation on Self- Publishing.  The hours are between 4pm and 5pm on this day only.

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.

Register here