A few old scans of photos taken on my long ago (Year 2000) trip to Orkney To those who have read The Stone of Shadows (or just Chapter One), the settings may seem familiar. To those who have not yet read it (or even just the first chapter), this is just a bit of what you're missing: Near St.… Continue reading Location Photos: Orkney
Chuck Wendig (author and author guru) posted another challenge at his website, Terrible Minds, and it sounded…well, not exactly like fun in the way of the previous one…but fun in an important, know thyself sort of way. And so here it is: 1,000 words (exactly!) Why do I write? I can’t remember a time when I didn’t have some sort of writing implement… Continue reading Flash Fiction Challenge: Why I Write
Chuck Wendig, author and author guru, posted a challenge over at his website, Terrible Minds, and it sounded like fun. 1,000 words that must incorporate a randomly generated phrase. I've revealed mine on the challenge's page (in an attempt to lure people over), but for those of you who found this post by other means, I'll let you… Continue reading Flash Fiction Challenge: Random Phrase
In the midst of working on the book itself (which I can't share yet), I am also at work on the cover (which I can share, and so here it is): This isn't final, and could change drastically, but I'm happy so far. I may hate it tomorrow…or I may not. If you see any… Continue reading Book Cover: In Progress
The Wheel of the Year: Book 3 I've got scribbled notes, an intriguing quote for the opening page, lots of loose ends from the first two books, and can feel the ideas beckoning me into the wood (or in this case, the depths of a blank, digital page). It's time to get going. While I'm… Continue reading And So It Begins
A belated Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas to all! I received a couple of unexpected gifts this year in the form of photos from people who were given a copy of either The Stone of Shadows or The Darkest Midnight. I hope they enjoy reading the books as much as I enjoyed seeing them out in the world.
The Darkest Midnight is now widely available! It's the busiest shipping season of the year, so I am still awaiting the arrival of printed books which I can take to Unicorn Gifts and Toys in Ashland, Oregon as well as sell directly through my publisher's website. I will also be letting Bloomsbury Books (also in Ashland) that… Continue reading Now Available
Finally, here it is in Real Life™ The text is in the hands of a trusted critic/reader, and with this printed-cover hurdle out of the way, now it's all about fine-tuning the story and catching goofs. I'm starting to update various websites with a December 01, 2014 release date, since sometimes it can take online… Continue reading Coming Soon!
Just a quick post in between chapter edits to say: I'll be participating in The Ashland Book and Author Festival on September 20th. It will take place at the Hannon Library at Southern Oregon University from 10:00am - 4:00pm and is completely free to the public. (Click the previous link for more information.) I will be reading from The Stone… Continue reading Ashland Book and Author Festival 2014
Retirement Party, 1989 "Such a beautiful dream. I hate to think it all over." -Hank Williams, Jr. (Lovesick Blues) On May 08, 2012, Judson Robert Finley, tireless advocate for the underdog, steadfast friend, warmhearted family man, and musician extraordinaire, quietly left the party he’d loved so well. It will not be the same without his bright,… Continue reading Judson Robert Finley 1931-2012