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Waking Up In My Dream

The little doggy nails across the hardwood floor rousing me from my stupor.


I don't have a dog.

What the?  Am I dreaming?


Oh. Wait....


April 25th, 2017 is the day that I became a published author.
I have a book. A novella, if you will.  It is one of 16 stories that are available in the Midnight Magic Urban Fantasy Box Set.

If you haven't ordered it yet or have no idea what I've been talking about, you should totally go check it out here:

I was asked to be in this set back in December. And to be honest at the time, I wasn't sure what I would even write about.   I had never written anything that could be considered "urban fantasy." I felt like I was completely out of my element.
Thing is..I had a dream.  A dream of being a published author.
And this was a way to make that dream come true. 
No one was going to hand me a publishing deal. No one was going to rifle through my stacks of half-w…

In The Bag

There are a few common threads throughout this blog if you read it long enough. One of these threads has to do with my for the perfect bag. And if you couldn't see, I made the word perfect in that last sentence surrounded by air quotes. So, if you don't mind, when you read the word perfect in this post, can you go ahead and make the air quotes? Perfect.
The main debate with bags is backpack vs. messenger or shoulder bag. At least that's one of the main facets of the debate. To me, it's not really an issue. I have found my perfect laptop backpack. This is the bag that I take with me when I'm traveling for work. I can fit a crap-ton of things in it. There's pockets for days, a separate matching pouch for pens or AC Adapters, and an all-weather cover.  It's the Everki Titan, if you're wondering. It's a perfect little beast.
I have a separate smaller back pack (a Hurley that I got cashing in a gift card). This is the bag I use if …

The Danger When Dreams Come True

FAIR WARNING: This is going to be another blog post containing some musings about dreams that I probably have no business posting.  If you're cool with that, read on. If you're not, that's fine too. I'm still going to write it.

You may have noticed that I'm on a "dreams actually do come true" kick lately. I understand that you might be sick of reading about it. Maybe it doesn't seem like a big deal to you or maybe I'm blowing this whole thing out of proportion. After all, it is only a novella. It's not like a real book or anything, right?


Well, I mean yes. It is a novella, not a full-length novel. But it is my novella. And it's being published on Amazon (and Google Play, and iBooks, and Barnes and Noble, and Kobo).

There are a dozen things you could say to minimize this moment. But why would you?  Seriously. Why would you minimize the joy someone feels for making a dream come true?

This has been on my mind lately. It's really th…

A Dialog With The Universe

I am no longer a man of religion. I may be again one day, but for now I observe a healthy distance from most things that would fall in to the bucket of religion, or rather 'organized religion.'  My reasons for this are the topic for another blog post and are neither here nor there today.

Nor am I man fully of science. I recognize the role of science in this world, but I recognize there are things beyond the cold formulas and precise calculations that reduce the universe to a series of equations.

Rather, I am somewhere between. I would call it spiritually optimistic. I believe and hope that there are things in this universe, these universes, beyond what both science and religion can explain.  Maybe magic is a word that fits.  Those of a purely religious bent might consider this magic to either be the work of God or the work of Satan.  While those on the science track would say that it is a thing that has a logical explanation, we just have yet to determine what that is.

Maybe t…

The Ninety-Nine Cent Dream

If you follow me on any other social media (first of all, thank you), you will recognize the above (and below) image(s).

This is the cover for the urban fantasy box set that I am thrilled to be a part of.  There are 15 other amazing authors at various points in their writing career, including USA Today and New York Times Bestselling authors!

I am in some incredible company.

So why call this post the Ninety-Nine Cent Dream?

Because, for ninety-nine pennies, you (yes you) can take an active role in making a dream come true.

Dreams are pretty amazing things. Almost like a virus. When you catch wind that someone has a dream, it sits there and you that's interesting. What's that going to look like if they reach that dream? What's next?

And then, just like that, you're caught up in it.  You're watching this person go after their dream. Maybe you're watching them thinking they'll never make it. Maybe you're rooting for them to blow the doors o…