Note: In the days leading up to the Kickstarter campaign for my middle grade frontier adventure novel The Misadventured Summer of Tumbleweed Thompson, I'm sharing my story of how I ended up here. You can read yesterday's introductory post here, and find out more about the Kickstarter campaign here. I’m not sure when the story really begins, … Continue reading Daring Greatly, Part One: Into the Mist
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who … Continue reading Daring Greatly: An Introduction
Here it is - the cover for The Misadventured Summer of Tumbleweed Thompson, a middle grade frontier adventure novel that's part Tom and Huck, part Homer Price, and hopefully a whole lot of fun! That insanely awesome cover painting is courtesy of Joe Sutphin. If you haven't already, check out some of the other awesome books … Continue reading Cover Reveal: The Misadventured Summer of Tumbleweed Thompson
The news is out. Tumbleweed is coming! On April 17, I'll be launching a Kickstarter campaign for my middle grade frontier adventure novel The Misadventured Summer of Tumbleweed Thompson. This is a project two years in the making, and it's a story I can't wait to share with you! If you haven't already, sign up for my … Continue reading Tumbleweed Is Coming…
Shh... Listen ... Can you hear it? Probably not. But it's happening. Right now, all over the world, there are people making stories. They have "other jobs," many of them - moms and dads, teachers and salesmen, and plenty of other obligations which occupy their day. But, for some inexplicable, beautiful reason, the beauty of a … Continue reading For Those Who Make the Stories
I’ve been fortunate the past ten years or so since I started teaching in Bloomfield, New York, my morning commute takes me essentially due east. So, for the first few months of the year and the last few months – those which bookend all those jet-black, western New York mornings after daylight savings time – I’m … Continue reading Driving East
Up here in the frozen North, winter takes its toll on even the hardiest souls. And here, in the middle of January, a week or so beyond Christmastide, it's taking its toll on this hardy soul. As much as I pay lip service to loving winter - the crust of snow over the backyard, the frosty … Continue reading Darts Into the Darkness
It was about this time of year, the whirlwind pre-Christmas season, more than a few years ago, when I wrote my first children's book. I was a senior in college, and for the final assignment of our Children's Literature class, my wife Danielle and I collaborated on a 32-page picture book. I remember two things … Continue reading Available Now – Horace and Oscar Visit the Lake
I'm proud to announce that my first book for young readers will be released December 18, 2017! Horace and Oscar Visit the Lake is two stuffed friends who decide to leave the comfort of the nursery where they live and venture out on a grand adventure. With some warm and beautiful illustrations by the amazingly-talented Janna … Continue reading Coming Soon – Horace and Oscar Visit the Lake!
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