Category Archives: Writing

Springing Ahead

I’ve been a little quiet on the Shaper of Fire front.  I’m happy to announce that the third book in The Shaper Series is nearing completion.  I finished the preliminary draft of the ending, which I have to admit I’ve been struggling with, and I’m excited to see how much Devin and Tavi have grown in this story.  I’m planning to post some excerpts in April.

Write-Here-Write-Now-200x300And speaking of April. On April 10th the second GLVWG anthology, Write Here, Write Now will be available for general release.  For anyone in the Bethlehem PA area, you’ll be able to get copies on April 9th at The Write Stuff Writers Conference.  Many of the authors that contributed to the collection will be there to sign copies.  This year’s anthology wouldn’t have been possible without the tremendous effort by Christopher D. Ochs.

karate_fav_iconThere is one last thing that I’d like to mention. Earlier in March, I started a new website geared toward the study of the martial arts. It is called The Martial Arts Journey ( I’ve been a student of Karate for decades, and I’m hoping that through this website I’ll be able to share the experience with others.  At the school I train at we refer to this as adding a link to the chain with the study of karate being a chain that stretches back for generations. This is my opportunity to add my own link to that chain of knowledge.

I had already started something similar with respect to my writing efforts. I’ve receive a great deal of help from others as I try to improve my own skills, and when possible I like to give back to the writing community.  In this case, that became The Independent Writer’s Support Group (  The most recent article is about how to get the most out of a writing conference.

April is going to be another busy month. I have big goals and I’m going to need to stay focused to meet them all.




A Crazy, Busy February

February has been a crazy, busy month. Not a bad crazy, busy though. I might have felt swamped at times, but it was an exciting feeling not an overwhelming one.

First, I spent a week at Disney with my family that started and ended with a two day road trip. The quote heard most often during the drive wasn’t “Are we there yet?” or “I’m bored!”, it was “If I had a boarding pass, I would have already been there.” Times have certainly changed since I was a kid traveling across the country in the backseat praying that my dad would need to stop for gas soon so I go use the restroom.

During the weeks leading up to the Disney trip, I worked with Chris Ochs to tackle the formatting of the 2016 Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group (GLVWG) anthology, Write Here, Write Now. I got the ball rolling with the styles, but Chris dealt with all of the problems that come from putting together a bunch of stories from lots of different sources. He’s done an amazing job producing the anthology, and the proofs looked fantastic. We still have a final round of changes to go through, but it will be ready in time for the April release at The Write Stuff, Writers Conference.

Right after the Disney trip it was promotion week at Action Karate Nazareth where I’ve been studying for the last three years or so. Promotion night always involves an intense workout where you are pushing yourself to new limits This one was no exception. As exhausted as I was at the end of the session, I have to admit I loved every minute of it. The real highlight of the week was the board breaking seminar on Friday. Board breaking isn’t an exercise in destruction (as many people think). It’s an exercise in confidence building, and Sensei Bittner is a master at helping the younger students achieve their goals. Watching him with the students always reminds me of how much more I have to learn.

Finally I took part in a presentation at the Palmer Public Library for the Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group this weekend. The presentation was about building an author website and consisted of a morning introductory session followed by an afternoon workshop. Lynda Stear covered WordPress, Dawn Sooy covered Wix and I tackled Google’s Blogger. If you aren’t sure what you want to do with a website, then Blogger can be a perfect place to experiment. I used two websites during my share of the presentation. The Independent Writer’s Group Resource Page and an Author Template site, both of which I put together to help people get started.

And, somehow in the middle of all of that, I managed to sneak in a night of Dungeons & Dragons. Monsters were slain, stories were told and laughs were shared.

So, yeah, February was a crazy, busy month, but I’m not complaining. I wouldn’t have it any other way.