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Sunday, April 8, 2012

Kickstarter advice

Just a quick announcement...

I have a Kickstarter project going live in a few days.  Any advice or tips to make a potential project look inviting?


Sunday, February 12, 2012

Moleskins and Book Plotting

I'm crazy about moleskins...I have stacks.  I buy them and throw in a rack of sticky tabs in the back folder.

Always set up the title page and I add my email address in case I lose the book.

I use these character traits from J.A. Konrath's website.  I never liked using this sort of breakdown, but I'm really starting to enjoy falling back on something like this.

Page after page is filled with research for my mystery thriller.

Of course, I transfer most of this information back onto the computer.  If I lose it, I have digital backup.  It seems redundant, but I just like working out my thoughts on the physical page.

How do you store your notes?


Friday, February 3, 2012

More disappointment about Trestle Press

Giovanni Gelati sent me a book mockup to entice me to sign with him as my publisher.

and I found this while doing a quick search...

This is from the Hardpoint Training Courses- Government Organizations.



Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Trestle Press Controversy

Just a quick post that Trestle Press and I have parted ways thanks to the concerns that the company used copyrighted artwork without permission/compensation for their covers.

Terribly disappointing and the evidence grows every day.  So simple to buy images from Dreamtime for ten bucks a cover like I do for my ebooks.

I guess my crime novel "Skulled" will see the light of day under a different imprint.


Sunday, January 15, 2012

A Conversation with Paul Brazill

Check out this great interview with the amazing Paul D. Brazill!


Newsletter sign up

Well, I've setup a newsletter list I would love for everyone of you to join.  Why you ask?  I do want to keep you little scarywords kids informed, but also rewarded.  The newsletter will also include 500 word flash fiction pieces of either a horror or crime slant.

Free fiction to fill your tummy?  How much better does it get?

Please sign up now!  Use the QR below of look to the sidebar.


Saturday, January 7, 2012


I know everyone talks about how fun it is to write villains, but why?  The villain should be a reflection of the hero.  A dark reflection, but a reflection of some element of the protagonist.  Also, a villain really should never be the villain in his own head.  The most interesting villains to me are the ones who think they are the heroes of their stories.
What do you think?

Typos are easy when typing posts on your phone!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

2011 Best Horror Short Story Nomination

I'm falling in the rankings for the Preditors & Editors Annual 2011 Best Horror Short Story.!  I'm 9! 

Please vote for "Silver Tears" here

I really appreciate the help!


Tuesday, January 3, 2012


I use many tools in creating my stories, but this one is my favorite.

Moleskins are very important to my process and I plan on digging into that this week in other posts.  I'm a lunatic when it comes to legal tablets or notebooks.  I simply cannot write in them if they have gnarled edges, torn leavings at the top, or visible indentations from other writing.  I just can not use them and would rather throw away the tablet.
It's a thing.
I need pristine rivers of white to scribble my wandering thoughts on.
I also can't write with cheap Bics or those pens that come a thousand to a bag.  I have several pens I use and I am always on the lookout for more.  I love the smooth and uninterrupted flow of ink on paper. 
Now I sound like a method actor - a method writer.  I just love the process of writing almost as much as writing.  I get caught up in it like nothing else.


Sunday, August 21, 2011

New Short Horror Film - PRIMORDIAL

I'm working on ideas for my new short film PRIMORDIAL: Existing in or persisting from the beginning.

I want something really scary, one person perspective, and lots of CGI effects.  I think I've settled on my idea, but I'm not certain yet how to close the loop on it.  Gotta sleep on it.


Works - in - Progress

  • "Golem" - Urban Fantasy/Horror - Book Proposal
  • "Hellfire" - Urban fantasy/Horror - Book Proposal
  • "Library Obscuria" - Urban Fantasy/Horror - Book Proposal
  • "Wildwoods" - Fantasy - Book Proposal
  • "Persephone" - Sci-Fi - Book Proposal
  • "Halo Effect" - Adventure/Urban fantasy - Book Proposal
  • "Icy Heart" - Horror - Short Story
  • "The Dark" - Crime/Adventure - Book Proposal
  • "Project (Withheld)" - Horror - Book Proposal


  • "The Hunter" -

Things that scare the crap out of JDC

  • Being eatten by an animal
  • Cannibalism
  • The word "puncture"