Monthly Archives: September 2018


Jason Silva has come out with yet another brilliant video that shakes me to the core. His videos are synapse jolting adventures of reality altering challenge and I love them all. One of his most recent, The Authors of Reality, is one of his best.

This video mirrors exactly what I’ve believed for many years. To see it created as visual crack and listening to Jason Silva tell it in his adrenaline fueled monologue is not to be missed.

Fear Not

SciFi—Fantasy Publishers Seek Submissions

Erica Verrillo has some of the best information on markets for writers and I love sharing her posts… especially when I’ve been working at the Renaissance Fair all day!

From her website: Speculative fiction publishers have a tradition of accepting manuscripts directly from authors. This is a genre that has a market of readers who think in terms of possibilities, and who don’t, as a rule, like to follow the mainstream.

Today she has an awesome post: 3 Major Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishers Accepting Unagented Manuscripts. Be sure to check out all her good info on writer markets.

Bitter Suite Reviews = $100 Amazon GC

I have a few new reviews up for Bitter Suites but I’d like to get 50… and I’m willing to give away a $100 Amazon gift card to one, randomly drawn lucky winner. Here’s how to enter:

Leave a simple, honest review about Bitter Suites on Amazon. One winner will be picked at random as soon as I reach 50 reviews and notified as a comment on their Amazon review. I’ll also announce it here. Everyone who has already left a review is entered, and you have my gratitude. There are only 42 reviews to go!

Here’s the simple step-by-step details:

  1. Get a copy of Bitter Suites here.
  2. Leave a review on Amazon.
  3. Watch to see if you win.
  4. Spend.

Back to the KC Ren Fair

Has a week gone by already? Tomorrow Mr. Smith and I will be back at the Kansas City Renaissance Fair to work in the Le Loup Garou Alchemy shop. Last week was a three day marathon crash course in Renaissance fairs, absinthe history and how to bend in a bodice.

We made new friends and ran into some old friends from Florida. The fair mayor and his wife paid their respects and the royals paraded in front of the shop. I saved a suicidal butterfly three times. Mostly we had fun and gained new experiences.

We will be back tomorrow and Sunday from cannon to cannon in the Absinthe and Alchemy shop next to Three Kings Stage.  Stop by and say hi!

Quitting the Day Job… Again

Remember when I quit my day job last summer to enjoy life as a full time writer?

As soon as I was officially a full time writer I did the least amount of writing in years. Having the luxury of time just meant I filled my hours with everything but words.

I caught up on social stuff, I publicized my books and went to poetry events. I taught creative writing at the college and did marketing and writer consulting. I did everything around writing.

I didn’t enjoy not writing, so I started back with a day job—Amazon. I figured if I wasn’t going to get any writing done I may as well make money. After Amazon, I moved on to another job out of habit but, once again, it’s gotten too much to keep up on my writing work and a day job.

Beginning next week I’ll be trying the full time writer gig again. I’m a little more prepared now. I’m leaning on the advice of friends and mentors who have gone this way before me. I found out that failing to produce as a full time artist is actually pretty common as we place everything in front of our work.

I’ve picked up some freelance work this time as well to keep me in the production mindset. I’ll be finishing book two of Bitter Suites, among other things. I plan to have a schedule that puts my writer time first and hopefully never have to say third time’s the charm.

Special thanks to Linda D. Addison for helping me come to this decision with her wise advice!

Falcon Point Lip Sync

One of the things we love best about Kansas City are the awesome apartments we live in. Falcon Point is more of a community than any other place we’ve lived.

The entire staff work hard everyday to make these the best places to live and do fun stuff to bring residents (and pets!) together.

One of the most recent was getting together to make a lip sync video. The song choice was appropriate for these guys. If you watch close, you can find my son Aaron in there a few times with his dog Bree.

Kudos to everyone at Falcon Point that participated, and to the entire staff for being awesome as always! Check out Falcon Point online here.

Here’s the video—

Introverted Story Telling

Bracken Boosts Fiction Rates

Bracken, an open-minded magazine with a preference for magic realism, has just increased their rates from $0.02/word to $0.04/word, with a minimum of $50/fiction piece. More details here.

Here is what they want:

What they don’t want:

  • Science fiction
  • Straight fantasy
  • Horror
  • Urban fantasy
  • Swords/wands/zombies/aliens

Submit here!

Yet Another Call to Corpse

Poets, prepare! Sharpen both your wit and your quills! Also, please excuse me. I’ve been immersed in the Kansas City Renaissance Fair, so my tone may be a bit more verbose than usual.

And speaking of… we may have some new pens joining us as many of the absinthe patrons happen to also love poetry. Go figure.

For those of us new to this collaborative, ‘village-writes-a-poem’ creation, welcome. Now… let’s get Corpsing. NO RULES. Let’s see what crazy masterpiece we make together.

Please send me your line via email— with EXQUISITE CORPSE in the subject line. Please add your line and your name to the body of the email. Deadline is September 15.

I’ll publish the resulting poem here on September 17 with the names of contributors in order of contribution. I’d also like to include the results of our poem in my next poetry collection.

In case you don’t know, an Exquisite Corpse is a collectively assembled poem. You can read more about them here.

Past Corpse posts:

#1 Exquisite Corpse: Collaborative Poem

Exquisite Corpse #2: The Daunting Riddle

Exquisite Corpse #3 for July: ‘Toxicated

Exquisite Corpse: Deceptions