What’s coming up in 2021

Well, 2021 promises to be a much better year, at least for me. I just hope it keeps its promises. 😉 First, I’ll be inaugurating a regular monthly newsletter in January. I’m realizing that “just when I have something to announce” really means “only when I remember” and having a regular pattern for sending out […]

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Gunslinger Beth’s theme song

This video makes me think of Beth Armstrong, the heroine of Gunslinger (coming April 7 through WordFire Press). It’s become the background music when I’m writing Ghosthunter (the sequel to Gunslinger).

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Letter from Lynchburg

New Mythic West short story published and podcast!

My short story, Letter from Lynchburg, has been published at Drabblecast. It’s also available there as a podcast or through their usual feed. Letter from Lynchburg is a missive story–it’s a letter that Charles Mercer wrote to his fiance? in 1865, about a decade before he became a major character in Sharpshooter as Captain Mercer. […]

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Visit to Cozens Ranch

In 2017, I stopped by the Cozens Ranch museum as part of my research for Sidekick. This weekend, we made it back up to Fraser, Colorado for a visit. My wife thought it’d be fun to have a picture of me, with the book, at the museum. I donated two signed copies to the museum […]

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Mythic West Background

Dragon Flight speeds?

So… I have a dragon in Gunslinger. How fast can a dragon realistically fly? It’s a soaring animal, more than one that flaps its wings a lot. It’s also big. So what’s the comparable. A little internet research turns up that Condors can fly at 35 mph (that’s not a top speed, more of an […]

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Gunslinger Beth short story published!

I’m proud to announce that my short story, Calamity, which features Gunslinger Beth, is available in the Swords, Sorcery, and Self-Rescuing Damsels anthology. The paperback version is out now–the ebook will be out April 16. You can find it through the universal link here. The rest of the stories are good too. 😉

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Sharpshooter is available!

Sharpshooter: The Tale of Billy the Kid and the Tennessee Raid Seven years after destroying the Confederacy and most of the Union, the Jotunheim giants threaten a defenseless New England. The Army of the West plans a bold attack on Louisville to divert them. Billy McCarty?s nightmares drove him to enlist as a sharpshooter. He […]

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Sharpshooter | Status

Sharpshooter release now Feb 28

The good news is that I have almost everything I need to release Sharpshooter. The cover’s done. The interior maps are done. I have comments back from all but one of my beta readers. The bad news is that I caught a serious cold way back on January 8, and still have it as of […]

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Writing Craft Notes

Stress Tests for a Universe

I’m a regular listener to J. Daniel Sawyer’s podcast, The Every Day Novelist. Recently another listener asked about how to “stress test” an idea for a story. I provided some feedback, which Dan pointed out in a feedback episode was more about stress testing a universe than an idea. He also pointed out that many […]

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