Professional Writer ♦ Amateur Swashbuckler

Practice in Public

“This is what happens when we practice in public: we not only hone our abilities but attract an audience interested in what we’re sharing.” Jeff Goines There’s a temptation for every creative to keep their work hidden until perfect, until there’s a large volume of work with sharing with the world in some strike of […]

Reason and Romance Has a Cover!

I’m super excited to share the cover of my debut novel, Reason and Romance! Description A serious author, George Austen believes romance is a worthless genre, until he’s challenged to write one of his own by a rival author. “Reason and Romance” follows George along his way as he faces the questions of what love […]

The Power of Premise

The premise is your story stated in one sentence. It is the simplest combination of character and plot and typically consists of some event that starts the action, some sense of the main character, and some sense of the outcome of the story. – John Truby  Tell me about it? When asked this question about your […]

Make Good Art

“Life is sometimes hard. Things go wrong, in life and in love and in business and in friendship and in health and in all other ways that life can go wrong. And when things get tough, this is what you should do. Make good art.” – Neil Gaiman In a commencement speech, Neil Gaiman summarized […]

Learning to be Six and Twenty

Since my 25th birthday, I was elected to the Board of Directors of an international training organization, I wrote a novel, I bought a home and grew a beard. A lot can happen in a year, even if it seems like life has slowed to a decrepit pace. The following are a series of lessons […]

Using Your Time

“The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.” — Jack London In the most recent James Bond film, No Time to Die, this quote by Jack London was used to describe the life of the international super spy. From […]