Wonder of Words Panel Takeaways

Saturday, June 18th a group from the Des Moines Writer’s Workshop(I was a lucky panelist) held a panel at the Wonder of Words Festival in downtown Des Moines, IA. The turnout was fantastic as we talked about the paths to publishing and our personal setbacks …

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Interview with Daniel Willers Author of Heir of Chaos

This week I had a chance to interview fantasy author Daniel Willers about his new book Heir of Chaos (Blake Heira Book 1). Daniel Willers is a fellow member of the Des Moines Writer’s Workshop.   When did you know you wanted to be a writer? …

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Podcasts for the Crime/Mystery Author

I write mystery/suspense (*ahem Made Safe out Fall 2016 from Pandamoon Publishing) fiction and I am always on the lookout for interesting new angles and ideas for my writing. Here is a short list of podcasts

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Write On: Sharp Objects and Self-Injury (NSSI)

A few weeks back Sarah K. Stephens and I decided to collaborate on a project we are calling Write On. Sarah is a developmental psychologist with a Ph.D. from Penn State University. I think Sarah describes the intent of the project best: Today my friend and Pandamoon …

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Explain to me why Darth Vader is targeting my kids

I feel like I missed something. I am a fairly recent father. My son is two years old and my daughter is four months. When did Darth Vader become a children’s teddy bear? Why not an actual teddy bear like creature like Wicket the Ewok? …

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Kevin Smith Got Me Writing – Part 2

The meat. The goods. Why did Kevin Smith get my writing? In Part 1 of this post I tried to explain how a creative person was crushed by the system that he’d been a part of for twenty years. He made all the movies and …

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Kevin Smith Got Me Writing – Part 1

I am representative of GenrerationX. We aren’t the darling of the media anymore like the Millenials are or a dominant group like the Boomers but we have our own unique ‘damn the man’ attitude that has produced some excellent art over the last twenty years. …

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