A Collection of Short Stories in Time for Christmas

Back in 2015 I was privileged to be among a group of great authors who put together an anthology of short stories called The Secrets of Castle Drakon (no longer in print). They’ve gotten together again for another anthology, titled “Another Bloody Christmas.” As you can probably tell from the cover, none of these will probably ever get made into a Hallmark Christmas movie. However, I know these authors, and have no doubt their work is top notch as always.
 I was invited to contribute, but was wrapping up Tyrian and so had to bow out. However, I shall shortly be reading their stories and writing a review. I’ve read one already!  If you like your short stories with a scary, spooky, or paranormal flavor, you won’t be disappointed. So, check out the works of Poppet, Elaina J. Davidson, Richard Rhys Jones, Jillian Ward, Joanne Sexton, Paul Rudd, Hannah Ferguson, and T. K. Geering.  https://www.amazon.com/Another-Bloody-Christmas-Poppet-ebook/dp/B07KT562YD/ref=cm_cr_srp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8

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The Hero’s Journey

Joseph Campbell was a professor of Literature who focused on mythology and comparative religion. He’s credited with defining the idea of the Hero’s Journey, a story telling device which has been used in thousands of stories for thousands of years. We see it in the Odyssey, and the journey of Odysseus coming home from the Trojan war. It’s evident in stories as like the Wizard of Oz, and George Lucas consciously followed this formula in writing the Star Wars movies. Tolkien uses the Hero’s Journey in The Lord of the Rings.

I’m not sure if I was aware of the Hero’s Journey when I published my first two novels, Draegnstoen and Highland King, but was pleasantly surprised to see I’d pretty faithfully followed the formula. I attribute that to much reading of fiction and having a subconscious understanding that this is the way such things are usually written.

Gears of Uriel did not follow this path. That novel was about the creation of an artifact and the lives of the numerous people who protected it over the course of many lifetimes. Finally, the last main character in the book took the journey above.

In Tyrian, my next book, the main character took this path. But in writing Tyrian, it became very evident that the markers on this journey are not evenly spaced. Every story is different. Road of Trials, Approach, and Ordeal probably take up three fourths of Tyrian, and the last few steps are wrapped up within 20-30 pages.

It has been said there are no new stories. That is probably true as far as the way stories are written, and even for the themes we write about. But we will always find new ways to tell those stories, because we all have different ways to learn the truths they teach.

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A New Beginning

The updating process has begun. Check out the link above for my new book, Tyrian!

small for online use Tyrian final cover image

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Very Inspiring Blog Nomination

I have been nominated for this by Elaina Davidson.


Thank you, Elaina!

The rules are that you display the award on your blog, link back to the person who nominated you, list seven facts about yourself and then tag fifteen more people to receive the award!


1. I took three years of accordion lessons as a child. Although I no longer play, I learned how to read music and that helped me later with the piano and guitar.

2. I have longed to travel for many years and am finally beginning to see some of the places that interest me.

3. I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was five years old. Other obligations delayed that, but I’m now becoming who I was meant to be. Three published novels so far, and several more to go!

4. While still in grade school I read every science fiction book at my local library.

5. In fifth grade my best friend challenged me to see who could do the most oral book reports for the year. I won, with 86.

6. Years ago, after reading about Halleys Comet, I was excited about seeing it, I bought a small telescope. However, as some of you may remember, 1986 was sort of a bust as far as viewing the comet. In spite of taking advantage of a few unique opportunities, I never did see it. Well, it’s coming back in 2061. Maybe…oh, guess not.

7. I took a year of Russian in High School and then it was discontinued. Over the years it’s sort of left me. However, I can still say ‘Hello’, ‘I only speak a little Russian’, ‘I only have a pencil’, ‘My record player is broken’, and count to ten.

Okay: Absolutely fascinating, wasn’t it?

People I am forwarding this on to:

Bev Allen
Bill Kirton
Jillian Ward
Paul Rudd
Annia Lekka
Cheri LaSota
Kimberly Gadette
Rebecca Lochlann

And…I sort of ran out of other names to add, but I didn’t want to delay this further, so, again, thank you, Elaina!

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