11/17/17: Whew - busy! We bought a house in Beloit so lots will be going on in the next six months. I will be in Madison until the end of February when this lease is up, but then it'll be a bit of a commute until I finally decide to retire. Then I hope to pick up temp jobs in the Beloit/Janesville/Rockford area. As promised I added the new download of CARTWRIGHT SAGA and WITTRY TYPOLOGY, see links below. I have some fun new writing projects going on, including a new cultural mythological superhero movie script in the works. After the big move into the house the end of November, I'll no longer have internet, so I'm going to focus on a lot of reading and writing. THIS WEBSITE IS SET TO EXPIRE on 11/24, but if I can't find something else I'll renew it the next day. So STAY TUNED!
10/27/17: Taking a breather. Whew. Last night's Vampire History Presentation went well - videotaped it and counted 10 people. Sold a book, which is always nice, and donated two to the library along with part of the book's sale. I also got the audience to tell me how I could improve the presentation as this was my first time doing this one. Check out the Media Press Kit (News/events page) for information on two new releases: Isinis Connection is an Arabus novelette about the time he befriended an alien, and learns her nefarious scheme, and Saving Boone is now out, but I'm just a little distressed over the publisher's cover. Maybe you'll see why and can let me know what you think. It's a great book, though. Don't judge it by its cover! Also son Adam created a new cover for Mystic Fire and it looks wonderful. That's in the press kit, too. I still don't have permission to use it, hopefully can get the new print edition of that ready soon. Lots going on, and with my presentations done for the year, I can concentrate on getting caught up! I'm in second edit of BloodLove (Arabus's third novel) and got a request for my poetry collection with some requested changes. Also got a yes on a copper article.
Big news is we're closing on a house next month, and I bought my retirement car! Oh, I won't be able to retire officially until next summer, but once we get out of this apartment I can start cutting back on my hours.
NOTE: I no longer save my old updates below, so be sure and visit here at least every two weeks for updates.
LINKS TO CHECK OUT:
Boone's Symbols. From my most adventurous novel to date, years and years in the making.
THE ISINIS CONNECTION: an Arabus Drake Novelette, historical Sci-fi adventure set in 1953. Only 99 cents at Amazon.
New Reading Hour episode at Youtube - hear excerpts and get perspectives on modern fairy tale telling from Grimm's American Macabre at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_cQ65AxGc0&t=120s.
The long awaited publication of my mystery pine article is now available! Read it at www.compassionanthology.com
Curious about the copper tooling people of the Americas' ancient past? Then join me as I explore them via the tools compiled in the Copper Artifact Master Database. I've got three videos posted so far on my copper research at YouTube. The goal is to see if this material is interesting enough for me to work toward a full documentary script on copper tooling.
The 1st is an overview on what copper tooling is and how I got involved, and gives you a look at the Hamilton collection in Wisconsin: https://youtu.be/tMAyYMJALUM
The 2nd was filmed in 2015 after I presented at a copper conference. I did some exploration of the Wisconsin River/Lake Nokomis area and talk about trade and how long people have been tooling in the area according to the CAMD. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Zh4BND1v6M
The 3rd covers a donation to the Vilas County Museum and the perfect use of the CAMD. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1hJZj_Hqfno
The 4th does a little copper myth-bashing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nu2tIDbROQ4
The 1st Reading Hour is dedicated to Arabus Drake, the Vrykolakas. Hear the start of his adventure in death and romance here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=reStcTs6nIU&t=378s
Bonanza TV Novel: CARTWRIGHT SAGA is available FREE - download here. 8-story novel that features the Cartwrights from the time Adam comes back from college to the time he leaves home, for good.
Get your BOOYAH PDF! Everything you want or need to know about
the Green Bay area phenomenon, Chicken Booyah, a delicious soup served
at church picnics, fund raisers and some restaurants in the area. Click BOOYAH INVENTION to get your copy!
My last interview after publishing Vrykolakas Tales with Solstice:
My very unusual short story that was published last year: "A Job as Told in Fortune Cookies," http://onthepremises.com/issues/issue-27/
CIVIL WAR & BLOODY PEACE: Following orders. This CIVIL and INDIAN Wars book shows how much Grant figured in Henry's orders, so focused more on that and reduced a lot of the material down but still it spans from 1862 through 1884, and beyond. It's an intriguing comparison between orders to a general and to a soldier, and how this country's changes affected them both. Took me nearly 20 years to research and write, about my grandfather's great uncle's 20 years in the army between 1862 and 1884. Available for publication, this would make great required reading at the high school or college level. Get lots of real Civil War and Indian Wars information by signing up to be notified when this is published.
DINNER AT MARSHALL FIELDS: a fiction memoir, in submission. A woman awakens from amnesia to find someone trying to kill her. Holly must learn quickly about who she was and meets a lot of people from her past in this exploration of a woman's life from the 1940s through the 1960s in Chicago. An intriguing look at sanity and how memories escape us, until we are forced to confront our past and its effect on our lives today. Being marketed.
SIX CHAMBERS LOADED: a fiction anthology following the historical ownership of 1871 Colt 45, demonstrating how the power of the gun can change its owners. In submission.
ODE TO THE OPEN ROAD: My poetry collection, written while solo driving around the country doing research. In submission.
Copper Artifact Master Database (CAMD): museums being contacted and data being entered. Over 66,000 artifacts in CAMD so far, and grant applied for to continue the work, and start getting articles out there. Have two copper presentations set up for next year. Working on Wisconsin Resource manual per request of a publisher. Data available for 10 cents a line.
FOR HEAVEN'S SAKE: In edit; this is light erotica, a non-traditional
fantasy romance detailing the struggle between men and women for control
of the planet. In edit.
IMAGES IN DIRT: The Archaeology Adventures of Alex Elliot #1: Archaeology romance thriller fiction series, first in first draft, using my extensive archaeology research.
TEN PAGES OF EACH SCRIPT WILL SOON BE AVAILABLE RIGHT HERE!
GRAVEYARD: My low budget set in a small town, where a married couple with two kids moves to against her wishes, and their miscommunication leads to mayhem and murder, with some laughs along the way. (inspired by Fargo)
IF IT RAINS IN PARIS,: a semi-autobiographical movie script about my daughter and I taking my mother to Paris when she was 80. Available for optioning.
DEAD MAN'S PASS: my cattle-driving script, first written as a Rawhide, now an adventure in the diversity of the Old West with great female roles, too, and with cultural intensity and truth. Seeking investors.
AWAKENED, a script based on Vrykolakas Journal, in edit and queries out.
FOLLOWING ORDERS: a movie script that follows Grant's orders that culminate in George Custer's demise at the Little Bighorn, submitted to competition