How ya coming on that novel yer working on?


National Novel Writing Month (#NaNoWriMo, for the hashtag obsessed) is moving along but my manuscript is only keeping a glacial pace. Part of the reason for this has been my focus on promoting my first novel, Adversaries Together, which I wrote last NaNoWriMo. The first week of November I made the book available through Kindle Direct Publishing and today I’ve made it available in a paperback edition through CreateSpace, which Amazon owns.

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Making Something Out of National Novel Writing Month: Adversaries Together, Ascendant Realms Book 1

So I finally pulled the trigger and self-published the fantasy novel I wrote last November for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). I’ve written about that process before, but I decided that it didn’t make sense for me to just sit on a 200 page novel. So I decided to embrace Kindle Direct Publishing, and I hope to make the book available on the Nook soon as well. I am in the process of writing book two (tentatively titled “Stricken Cities”) now and hope to have it available in the Spring of 2015. I plan on augmenting the novels with posts here to explain in more detail aspects of the story and inspiration for ideas in the story.

Adversaries Together, Ascendant Realms Book 1


I’m fairly certain this photo is by William Azcona (, I found it on Tumblr but I could never track down the original site for it

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Minnesota Dreaming


This is where I live now rendered as a watercolor (Lawrence, KS)

This last Friday I left Lawrence, Kansas and drove up to Minnesota. My wife’s father and stepmother had recently purchased a cabin, and they wanted to have us up to see it before closing it down for the winter. Then, on the way back south, we stopped at my wife’s mother and stepfather’s house to celebrate my mother-in-law’s birthday. I don’t often get to indulge in Minnesota-ness, but this five day trip was pretty packed–lakes, Scandinavia history, junk food, and beer.

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Whacha Reading?

I tend to read a slew of books around the same time. A few chapters here, then set it down and pick up another for a few chapters there. It’s a way for me to read more and keep my mind engaged. So for my first video blog, I thought I’d offer up the list of books I’m currently reading. My goal for the year is to read 365 books. I’m floating in the 270s right now. 

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Foodiesphere: Artichoke Chicken, Sriracha Black Bean Burgers, & Tuna Fish Melt

So this week I didn’t make it to the grocery store and needed to make space in my cabinets. A slew of canned goods were demanding my attention. I thought I’d take the opportunity to share three easy, quick recipes that are healthy and tasting pretty good. The first is perhaps my favorite in no small part because it requires the least amount of prep and ingredients. The second is recipe makes for some excellent lunch fair. Finally, the third is perhaps the best tasting. All of these recipes are no more than 40 minutes total, including prep and cook time.

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Casual Drunk: How Untappd Helped Create a Mild Beer Obsession



It’s been just over a year that I’ve been using Untappd, an app that describes itself as “a new way to socially share and explore the world of beer with your friends and the world.” I’ve become more than a bit obsessed with it and as we’re in the midst of Oktoberfest, I though this would be a good time to take stock of the ramifications of this app. What does this entail? Over 900 beers and nearly three hundred unique brews. It’s also led to me looking into home-brewing and acquiring various accouterments.

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You Are Not an Athlete

I never played soccer as a kid. It wasn’t an option when & where I grew up (western Wisconsin). But then again, my father was an ‘outdoorsman,’ which means that he hunted (ambushed deer) and fished (sat in a tin boat on a fetid lake rather than spend time with his family), so I never had anyone to actually prod me into athletics or foster what interest I did have. I had more catches with my mother. I was never an athlete and I’ve lately been reminded of this thanks to a mild injury.

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