Cyberpunk Cowboy

Well, the easy part is done. The very first draft of my new book is finished, and it stars a cyberpunk cowboy. Also, it is a very serious and compelling work of science fiction. I enjoyed writing it, but that really was the easy part if I want to get …

Minnesotans, Amazonians, and Tax Legislation

I love my Amazon Associates ads. They grant me complete customization powers so I can only advertise things that I actually want my readers to buy. I get money any time someone follows my links to Amazon and buys something. I’ve always thought of them as a great way to …

A Working Staycation

Not all vacations need to involve travel. In fact, I personally find that the most relaxing vacations involve a hammock and a few Coronas. This is known as a staycation. It’s a vacation where you stay at home and relax. That is why I spent this past week at home, …

Picking

I’ve recently taught myself how to pick locks. I had to, really. There weren’t any classes available. It’s really not that hard. In fact, I found it disturbingly easy. Once I had a good mental image of the inner workings of the standard lock mechanism it became just a matter …

Both Kinds of Fiction

I know it’s not true, but when I think of fiction my brain will always classify it as either science fiction or fantasy. That’s all I like to write, and I just don’t see any reason to acknowledge any other form as legitimate. The line between the two isn’t always …

Long Form Fiction

I’ve been brewing beer, painting miniatures, woodworking, and planning some serious landscape improvements. That’s a lot of hobbies. It keeps me busy, but I think if I had to I would say that writing is probably my favorite right now. “How is that possible?” You may ask. “You hardly ever …

Quotes and Semicolons

I am interested lately in some developments that involve the flexibility of my brain. I have a keyboard for my iPad. I use it a lot. Actually, I’ve been working on writing a book, which keeps my fingers flying for a good three to four thousand words a week. I …