My latest book, Storm Crows, was published and became available on Amazon and Kindle this week!
This book is an adventure for Middle-Grade readers featuring the adventure of Cawnor, a young crow forced from his home by the oppressive flock-leader. Cawnor and his small band of friends go to the sea in the hope of finding a new home. They befriend the various other birds they meet. Before they can win their home, they have to overcome natural disasters, their former flock leader’s desire for revenge, and a hawk who preys on those weaker than they are, which is pretty much anyone.
Storm Crows can be found here.
$8.99 paperback and $2.99 e-book. Purchase the paperback and get the e-book for free.
Last month’s Doctor Who Christmas special saw the end of Peter Capaldi’s run as the 12th Doctor as he regenerated into the 13th incarnation of the iconic character. Many of you already know that the 13th Doctor will be played by Jodie Whittaker, marking the first time that a woman has been given the opportunity to take on the 50 plus year old character.
I’m rather excited about it. In a positive way, I should add.
I say that because, as many of you know, a lot of people are getting very excited about this in a negative way. In the last couple of weeks I have made the mistake of reading several threads of online comments posted on various social media sites. Each one reads exactly the same and none of them go anywhere, even though they will run on for hundreds of comments or more per thread.
Most of the critics seem to argue that casting Jodie Whittaker to play a time traveling alien who can regenerate into different people somehow is part of a larger PC War on Men Conspiracy. Sometimes they will specify white men. In the threads I mentioned Whittaker’s detractors will list all of the characters on the show that have been played by women or actors of color as if this somehow lessens them, presumably as men or white people. A similar cry went up when a black actress was cast to play Hermione Granger in the stage production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. The argument sounds a lot like that offered by many Conservatives lately in the US to combat any attempt by women or POC to be treated with fairness and equality. Any such attempt, they claim, constitutes a war on white men and because it is war and they are being attacked, said white men are justified in lashing out. In many cases, the lashing is done with words, anonymously on the internet, where they can say things that they would not have the courage to say to someone’s face unless backed up by a mob.
To you sad, little people, I’ll say this. It is not about you. Not even a little bit. The casting of Jodie Whittaker is not a salvo in the ongoing war taking place in your head. Fans of the show will know that all new Doctors are met with trepidation. We all have out favorites (in my case T. Baker, Pertwee, and Tennent) and those that we aren’t as fond of (C. Baker, Davidson). But even those of you that hate the choice can be reassured by one thing: no Doctor is forever. She is the 13th Doctor. There will be a 14th.
The show is bigger than its pieces.
Jodie, good luck. I am eager to see you take on my favorite role.
Every new year, we tend to look back from where we came, take stock, and make hopeful plans for the year to come. In my case, last year was not great. In many ways it was downright awful. That leaves me very optimistic that the new year may surpass 2017 in every meaningful way.
One thing that I am excited about it that Dexter of Pozzelby is being serialized on Channillo.com. The first installment was released on 01/01/2018, with a new installment every Monday until it is finished. If this goes well, I am looking to release a collection of short stories and a shorter novel, The Storm Crows, via Channillo as well.
In 2018, I have many stories for which to find homes, and even more needing to be finished or written. It is a year of great possibility!
Welcome! I’m glad you are here. This site is slowly coming together, replacing the blog that I maintained off and on for years, and the defunct website that was once found at this same address.
Here, you’ll find updates about my work, about writing, movies, comic books, RPGs such as Dungeons and Dragons; in short, everything I like.
Up and running are two static pages dedicated to my two fantasy novels, Miralee: A Shadow Knights Tale and Dexter of Pozzelby. I published these through my In A Bind Books imprint and both are available in print and electronically on Amazon. I also have a number of short stories for sale on Amazon. Most are in the KDP Select program through December. When their run there is up, I am planning to pull most of them from Amazon and have them available here as free content. Currently, you can read my short story, Judgment Hill, here on the site. Take a look, give it a read and enjoy.
18 years ago, the new millennium was only a few weeks away. I had recently fallen off of a forty foot cliff and had been forced to take a pause. The experience caused me to want to make some changes in my life. In a few weeks, I would start dating the person that I would eventually marry. Neither of us felt very happy in our current jobs. We decided to become business partners and work for ourselves.
We hadn’t yet decided what type of business to open. Toni was leaning toward a coffee shop or little café. I wanted a book store. In Cleveland, Ohio in 2000 Borders was pretty new, and Starbucks stranglehold was not yet complete. However, we did not have the opening capital for a coffee shop. And so, In a Bind Books was born.
We thought we were pretty cool, in our late 20’s owning our business in the ‘edgy’ Madison Village area of Lakewood, Ohio. We had a nice collection of small press, underground comics, new and used books with an emphasis on anything outside of the mainstream, and a wall of periodicals dedicated to art, literature, LGBTQ interests, holistic medicine, etc.
Unfortunately, it turns out you can’t pay the bills with cool.
While it was a great experience, sales weren’t sufficient to keep it going. In a Bind Books closed as a book seller after two years.
But it was not dead.
More than a decade later, In a Bind Books was resurrected as my imprint. So far two novels have been published under the In a Bind Books name. Look for more to come!