Brain matters

I have determined that I am the world’s greatest writer. At least when I go to bed. Because that’s when I think of all of these brilliant stories and ideas. The second my head hits the pillow, I’m creating a multitude of breathtaking characters and worlds in my head. We’re talking Pulitzer level stuff, man. You don’t even know.

Buuuut then I fall asleep and the next day when I sit down at my laptop…




The sad part is that I actually do keep a notebook and pen by my bed for these supposed flashes of brilliance. However, more often than not I determine that the amount of effort I’ve put into tossing and turning and pillow manipulation to find that oh-so-comfy position of bodily contortedness isn’t worth sacrificing to jot down some notes. Continue reading “Brain matters”

Emma goals

When I become obsessed with something, I tend to forget about everything else in my life that needs to be done. Whether it’s gaming or binge-watching/reading a new series or, most often, writing. Once I’m in that moment, I stay there for a very long time (… which makes it longer than a moment but whatever). That’s why Thursday came and went with no TBT post. Oh, I remembered it. But “I’ll do it after I finish this scene” suddenly turned into “It’s Monday already?!” So, since I didn’t want to wait until this Thursday to do a post, here I am. Hi!

The Rising Son should be done in two weeks. Actually, it could be done in one but I’m forcing myself to do other things as well. One of the things I want to do is be more active on social media. There are so many wonderful M/M (and general) writing groups and resources out there but I’ve barely done more than lurk for a while now. I want to change that. I also want to blog more. And not just on Thursdays. I think I was doing okay with that for a while but then I started slacking. So we’ll see how that goes. Wish me luck!

For now, however, I must sleep. After I finish this scene. 😉


For this week’s TBT post, I was going to share the lyrics to a song I wrote when I was a kid about love and loss and moving on with life. Then I read over it, cringed, threw up in my mouth a bit, and deleted the entire thing. Some things should remain forever hidden from the public. That was one of them.

Have one of my favorite 80s songs instead:

So much awesomeness. And aluminum foil. 😀


Don’t forget Family Matters: A Halloween Interlude is FREE on Smashwords until April 30th with coupon code GE76V.

TBT 1984: The year I met Ramona

My fourth grade elementary school teacher was a woman named Mrs. Vigneault, or Mrs. V. as the kids called her in lieu of butchering her name. One day she started reading a story to us about this interesting and imaginative girl named Ramona Quimby.


One of my favorite parts of the school day was listening to a new chapter of Ramona Quimby, Age 8. I checked out every other book I could find in the library that had Ramona in it and read them all obsessively. Eventually, I bought them. (I still have all my Ramona books and read them from time to time.)

While I had always enjoyed reading up until that point, I think that this was the moment when the passion really took off. Thanks for that, Beverly Cleary. And Mrs. V. And Ramona. ❤

I’m baaaack. (Also, free stuff.)

I’ve been back almost a week now actually, but as I mentioned on FB a few days ago, it’s taken some time for me to get back into my usual routine. Florida was hot. And occasionally rainy. But it was a good trip, and I had a great time hanging out with my dad, which more than made up for the unusually high amount of Donald Trump coverage on the local news. (Seriously, he was all over the place. WTH, Florida?)

I didn’t get as much writing done as I wanted, but I did enough to make me happy. I felt like a teenager again, sitting in my bedroom and secretly handwriting all sorts of illicit stuff. 😀 I also got a fair bit of reading done, making a slight dent in the hundreds of books on my reader.

Now that I’m back, I’m ready to jump back into The Rising Son, the second H.I. book. I think I can have it done in a few weeks, so for now I’m feeling pretty confident about keeping the Father’s Day release date. While I was down there, I came pretty close to finishing the non-vampire short story I mentioned previously, plus I outlined a new story that I want to start as soon as Book 2 is done. So I definitely have plenty of stuff to keep me occupied for the foreseeable future.

The bookmarks I told you guys about are in, so just a reminder, if you want one (or many) let me know. I love how they turned out. Thanks again to Jenny Cotton for making that happen.

Last but not least, A Halloween Interlude is FREE on Smashwords through the end of the month. (I meant to do this before I left but got distracted with pre-trip stuff, sorry.) The coupon code is GE76V. Grab a copy while you can!

That’s it for now. Yes, I know it’s Thursday, so you can expect a TBT post, oh, sometime tomorrow. 😉 Have a nice day!

Vacation time!

I’m leaving for Florida on Monday to see my dad. While my home state has given me much cause for concern over the years, there are certain things I’m really looking forward to that I can only experience when I’m in the South. Things like boiled peanuts (hush, they’re delicious), and hardcore flea marketing, and sunsets. There’s just something about a Florida sunset:

Florida sunsetAhhh.

I’ll be gone for two weeks and I doubt I’ll be online much as I usually take this time to unplug for a while. But I’ll be doing plenty of reading and writing, so that’s always a good thing. With any luck, I’ll be able to finish or at least make substantial progress on the non-vampire story. Being in Florida usually sends the muse into overdrive so we’ll see how that goes.

Have a great weekend!


A Halloween Interlude is now available

FMHI Cover for Smashwords

Now available at Smashwords, B&N, iTunes, and Kobo.

An update and a freebie

Hi guys! The cover for A Halloween Interlude should be finished sometime this weekend. Once I get the finished product, the story will be published right away on Smashwords. Thanks again to the awesome G. Raven for doing another cover for me (and hopefully more covers down the road if I make with the puppy dog eyes).

Speaking of awesome people doing awesome things for me, I also want to give a shout-out to Jenny Cotton for this:

Bookmark 50 percent

This is the result of one of the original ideas I had for the Family Matters cover, before I opted to go with something simpler. So instead I decided to turn this idea into a bookmark advertising the Harborview Immortals series. I just placed my order and should receive them by the end of the month. If you want one, shoot me an email ( or private message through FB or Twitter and I’ll be more than happy to send you one or two or whatever, wherever you are and at no cost to you. (FYI, I won’t be able to mail anything until after April 8 because I will be in Florida for two weeks. By the way, I’m going to Florida for two weeks.)

That’s all for now because Diablo 3 is calling and I must answer. Have a great morning/afternoon/evening/night!


TBT 2007: Project N.E.O.N.

Way back when, my old comic book partner and I were discussing the possibility of doing a story about a group of young adults with a variety of abilities ranging from superhuman strength to hydrokinesis and so on. I was a little skeptical because X-men had pretty much cornered the market on that kind of thing and it was hard not to look at other stories that were out at the time without comparing them (with the exception of Rising Stars by J. Michael Straczynski, which remains one of my favorite comics ever). But B was pretty gung-ho about it so I told him I would give it a try. The end result was a story that centered around a young man named Kyle who was struggling to come to terms with both his sexual orientation and his freakish strength, and as the story begins, he’s starting to have a hell of a time keeping both of those things concealed. He has an older brother, Eric, who possesses the same strength, and is also a raging douchebag as well.

Here’s a bit from the intro: Continue reading “TBT 2007: Project N.E.O.N.”