Yep…Creativity has a limit and I found it.

I had a strange and ill feeling when I finished The Bastion at the Edge of the Universe, and I did not like what it boded. I remember putting together the last of the Ebook, staring at the screen as it uploaded to Draft2Digital and said to myself. “I’m burnt out.”

There. I said it. Words that, once spoke, make me exhausted and sick feeling. I feel like every ounce of creativity has been drained and then some. It had gotten so rough that I couldn’t even bring myself to look at the next story and even begin typing. This blog is a struggle to get done.

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Mother, the Reason I am an Author.

Mother reading to her childI am a momma’s boy. I’m proud of it and tell everyone who asks. Honestly, I’m not sure why that’s considered an insult. When it comes to my mother, I would not be a writer if it was not for her.

For the past few weeks, my wife and I have been talking about things from our childhood that have made us who we are today. The books we’ve read that changed our outlook on life and even our tastes.

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Postcard online? Who knew that was possible?

Me...with a online printed post card!When it comes to advertising, I’m not someone who really says anything unless I really like it. I stumbled upon something really interesting that I had to try. Did you know you can actually send a postcard online? I had no clue!

The first time I realized that you could do things online that was originally regulated to the waking world was pizza hut. I remember sitting in my dorm room when I was the military hungry but too lazy to go out. Randomly going through google to see what there was, I stumbled upon their online order page. I was shocked! You could actually just type in the pizza you wanted and they automatically delivered it? Was this some sort of magic? It actually worked!

Since then I have just been amazed with the things you can do and sending postcards online was one of them. I was looking about for novelty ways to announce my new novella Star Traveler: Atlas Gambit and stumbled upon MyPostcard.com. I tried and I actually loved the quality of the product that I got (as you can see from the pictures). Honestly, let me show you in a bit more detail:

As I explained in the video, this card was really impressive and felt like a high quality print you would get from a tourist site.

One thing that really tickled my fancy is that you don’t actually need to go to the website to place an order. You can download their app from either the Google Play Store or the Apple Store and do it right from your phone!

I mean, how snazzy to just take a picture and get it sent as a postcard online? I know, I know. I’m very excited for a card but for anyone that knows me, I’m not the type to recommend something unless I actually like it and I love knick knacks! Just ask my beautiful wife who has to swim through all my weird collectables I got while single. So, take a moment to look at the website and see if can help you create your own mementos!




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Struggles with My Wonderful ADHD Child

My Angel SimonADHD is not the sort of subject I write on. Actually, it does not have anything to do with writing but it’s on my heart. Honestly, I am only writing it to take my frustration and put it to paper, something that I have done for years to control my emotional health.

For those of you who know me well enough, you have heard me talk about my firstborn. My son Simon was diagnosed ADHD a while back. For the parents who have their own ADHD child, I know they can relate to the struggle and stress we go through.

My Thoughts on ADHD

At present, we are dealing with emotional control in Simon or the lack thereof. It has become so rough that we must look around for another daycare to take care of him due to both myself and my wife work.

It is just frustrating the amount of effort that we both pour into him with no visible change or improvement. We have followed many of the tips and advice from his myriad of counselors, the school district has been fantastic in hearing our concerns, and he still refuses to do what is needed and will lash out if he does not get his way.

I don’t expect a blog post to fix everything and I have no intention of giving up on him. It’s just hard for me as I share a lot of the same issues that he does and I get it out through writing.



Simon is a mirror copy of me in many ways, and it adds to the heartache of trying to raise him. He is a good boy at heart, and he wants to do what’s right, but when the emotions take over, he can’t control himself.

Wrapping Up

In short, it’s going to be a long day, but in the end, I believe it is worth it. He is a beautiful boy that I love more than anything in the world, and I know his heart is in the right place.

We just have to figure out how to find balance and how to teach him to understand and process his emotions. I can deal with the energy, the outbursts of anger and rage followed up by extreme joy are just so hard to keep up with.

He’s my boy, and I love him. That will never change no matter what. Thanks for reading.

Yes, Fan-fiction is Real Writing

I think one area of the writing world that gets a lot of flak is the fan fiction world. If you were like me (before my scolded me), I felt that Fan fiction was the dregs of the writing world. I not only found out that was unfair but rather cruel to the hard-working writers who live and thrive in that world. I’ll admit, I was one of those “writing snobs” until my beautiful wife put me in my place.

Fan Fiction is Real Writing

Writing is writing. I never thought fan fiction was more than self-gratification  until my wife began to tell me some of the stories that she had read. I could not believe how much detail and dedication that fan fiction writers have put in to their works. There was even a story that was over a million words! I’ve never broken fifty thousand, let alone a million.

There is a lot of dedication to the fan fiction world, more than maybe some of freelance writers have ever put in to our own work. Even though it’s not an original world, many of the stories bear the blood, sweat, and tears of a dedicated writer.

It’s No Different than a Professional or Aspiring Author

When in terms of dedication and being a writer, fan fiction writers are exactly the same as a professional or aspiring author. Many writers, including myself, got started in other people’s worlds and pour the same amount of dedication and heart in to their works. Many times they do not have the ability to get an editor or professionally proof read their works.

Independent publishing can suffer the same amount of editorial error and proof reading mistakes since a lot of us are in the same boat as a fan fiction writer. Unless we’re established with a decent fan base, many of us cannot afford hiring an editor.

They have feelings too

Fan fiction writers are people just like you and me and the horrible amount of critique I have seen from other authors is saddening. There are people behind the story no matter how bad or good it is. To attack a writer’s work is never acceptable. That is why critique is important and should be taken seriously. They deserve the same amount of feedback as we do.

Fan Fiction Writers are a strong knit community

And I am glad of that. My wife has given me a tour of the fan fiction world and they care for each other a lot. They have the advantage of not only having the bonds of being a creator of fan fiction, they also have the love for the world they are writing in.

So the next time you see a fan fiction story, why not give it a shot and if you find issues, give feedback like you would any writer of any story.