Climbing the Mountain

  Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start. - Nido Qubein Let’s face it, not everyone is in the same circumstances. Some people come into this world having everything handed to them on a silver platter. The rest of us aren’t quite so lucky. For most of … Continue reading Climbing the Mountain

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From a Far Land – Part 5, “On the Road”

[For 14 weeks, beginning on March 19th, on Sundays and Wednesdays, I’ll be posting chapters of book one of my Jaben’s Rift trilogy: From a Far Land. I hope you enjoy it. The first part is here. I’d love to hear any feedback.] On the Road “So, what’s a chaotic rift?” Jason asked. They were sitting in … Continue reading From a Far Land – Part 5, “On the Road”

My Half-Cent(ury)’s Worth

I turned 50 in the summer of 2013. It’s a milestone about which I have mixed emotions. On the one hand, I’m very happy—and mildly surprised—to have made it to 50, considering some of the “it seemed like a good idea at the time” actions of my youth. I don’t have any serious medical problems, … Continue reading My Half-Cent(ury)’s Worth

From a Far Land – Part 4, “A Matter of Opinions”

[For 14 weeks, beginning on March 19th, on Sundays and Wednesdays, I’ll be posting chapters of book one of my Jaben’s Rift trilogy: From a Far Land. I hope you enjoy it. The first part is here. I’d love to hear any feedback.] A Matter of Opinions Jason woke from a dreamless sleep to someone shaking him. … Continue reading From a Far Land – Part 4, “A Matter of Opinions”

From a Far Land – Part 3, “First Impressions”

[For 14 weeks, beginning on March 19th, on Sundays and Wednesdays, I’ll be posting chapters of book one of my Jaben’s Rift trilogy: From a Far Land. I hope you enjoy it. The first part is here. I’d love to hear any feedback.]   First Impressions In time, their path joined a broader road, which came to … Continue reading From a Far Land – Part 3, “First Impressions”

He Interjected, She Exclaimed

Or He Said, She Said Let's take a look at dialogue. In particular, the use of the word “said” vs. other alternatives. Deciding which way to go can be confusing. Basically, there are two ends of the spectrum on this issue: School A says: Avoid overuse of the word “said.” Vary the text up using … Continue reading He Interjected, She Exclaimed

From a Far Land – Part 2, “A New Day Dawns”

[For 14 weeks, beginning on March 19th, on Sundays and Wednesdays, I’ll be posting chapters of book one of my Jaben’s Rift trilogy: From a Far Land. I hope you enjoy it. The first part is here. I’d love to hear any feedback.]   A New Day Dawns Misshapen trees with gnarled, twisted trunks surrounded Jason. He … Continue reading From a Far Land – Part 2, “A New Day Dawns”

From a Far Land – Part 1, “Arrival”

For 14 weeks, beginning on March 19th, on Sundays and Wednesdays, I'll be posting chapters of book one of my Jaben's Rift trilogy: From a Far Land. I hope you enjoy it. I'd love to hear any feedback. Prologue and Chapter 1 Prologue The ancient structure crouched in the middle of the Scottish woods. For centuries, … Continue reading From a Far Land – Part 1, “Arrival”