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Archive for 2011

A Leg To Stand On

Posted Dec 23 2011 by in Personal with Comments Off

Many of you may recall from last year that author Nene Adams had a serious infection. It nearly killed her, and she lost her leg to save her life. We were able to raise over $5,000 to help with Nene’s medical costs in an auction.

This year, Nene needs more help. She’s stronger and healthier, but still can’t enjoy the simple pleasure of walking down the street, strolling through a park, or picking up a gallon of milk at the local market. It’s taken most of that year for her to even be able to make it upstairs to sleep in her own bed. She needs our help again. She needs an artificial leg.

Please go to either of the sites below to hear more specifics from Nene. Just a small donation could make the difference.

Nene’s blog

Nene’s Facebook page

Thank you!

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Still Messy

Posted Dec 17 2011 by with Comments Off

And things are still a pain in Redhawk Internetville. Looks like this site is stable, but I’m still have intermittent difficulties with two others. It’s been … entertaining, to say the least.

What a Mess!

Posted Dec 13 2011 by with 2 Comments

What a harrowing three days it’s been. I think I’ve spent close to twenty hours on clearing the malware from this website and three other subdomains. I hope I never have to do that again! In the event that I do, however, I’ve accumulated a number of very helpful links that I’ve listed below. (Who knows when someone might need them? I certainly didn’t expect it!)

FAQ My site was hacked – Since the base site is a WordPress installation (this one), I naturally went to the first place I could think of – WordPress.org. This step-by-step guide was a godsend!

How to completely clean your hacked WordPress installation was another good one – not as labor intensive, but it brought up things I hadn’t considered, and made me more aware of what I was doing. (It’s always good to be aware of what you’re doing when your digging into code!)

Hardening WordPress gave me a lot to think about, too! I’ve since made some changes to keep this from happening again!

When all was said and done, Google’s Webmaster Tools got me off the malware warning list. (I’m not too pleased that I was railroaded into it. There doesn’t appear to be any other way for a webmaster to request a review of their site after such a warning without signing up for Google’s set up.)

I’m still not completely done — I have a MySQL database I’m struggling to recover, a Mediawiki database to connect to a subdomain, and it appears that my entire blog site has become a mass of bizarre symbols that have taken over apostrophes, dashes, and quotation marks… Bear with me, and thanks for your patience!

Vignette – Nijmege

In honor of the upcoming publication of The Strange Path, Book 1 of the Sanguire, I’m posting a vignette a month leading up to the first chapter of the book. Enjoy this sneak peak into the mind of Sañar Bertrada Nijmege – member of the European Sanguire high council, the Agrun Nam.

Note: All vignettes will be posted in the Online Reading section of this blog. Feel free to visit any time!

She wasn’t the first to arrive at the restaurant. As Bertrada Nijmege was ushered into a private dining area, she saw two of her colleagues already seated. Samuel McCall and Aiden Cassidie rose at her approach and remained standing until she was seated by their maitre’ d.

“Bertrada.” Cassidie raised a glass of wine. “Try the merlot. It has a unique fragrance.” Continue Reading…

A Self Interview

Posted Nov 13 2011 by in Lichii Ba'Cho, Orphan Maker, Writing with Comments Off

It’s that time of month again – the Forward Motion Merry-Go-Round Blog Tour! Yay! This month’s topic is a self-interview. I hate interviews, so I hope I’ll be gentle with myself. What do you think?

Q Can you tell us something about what you’re working on?

As a matter of fact, I can! (Funny how that turns out, huh?) Continue Reading…

Vignette – Castillo

Posted Oct 24 2011 by in Sanguire Series, Writing with Comments Off

In honor of the upcoming publication of The Strange Path, Book 1 of the Sanguire, I’m posting a vignette a month leading up to the first chapter of the book. Enjoy this sneak peak into the mind of Father James Castillo – the Sanguire whistle-blower.
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Excerpt – Orphan Maker

The last couple of weeks I’ve been working on an old manuscript that’s been sitting around on my computer for three or four years. Starting to get into the groove, and thought you folks might want to have a look. Continue Reading…

I Got Your Revision RIGHT Here!

Posted Oct 13 2011 by in Personal with Comments Off

It’s interesting that this month’s Merry-Go-Round Blog Tour topic is about revisions. I just finished a monster revision / writing project in August. Excellent timing!

Back in 2005 I wrote a novel called Broken Trails about two women who come together during the Last Great Race – the Iditarod sled dog race in Alaska. (Actually, the novel was untitled and remained so until about a year ago.) I love the Iditarod, and read everything I could get my hands on about it. Others enjoyed the online version, and I received a great deal of praising emails.

But not from everybody.

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A Simple Equation

Posted Oct 13 2011 by in Personal with Comments Off

Yeah, that’s my chin. Barely tapped it on the asphalt, but the black half-circle ain’t dirt. This is what my second childhood is going to be like. Hope my wife survives.

A New Find!

Posted Sep 28 2011 by in Personal with Comments Off

In all the hubbub regarding Facebook’s changes, I’ve been fiddling around with Google+. Good thing I did! One of the first things I discovered was this:

‘Stranger’ © Mikko Lagerstedt Photography & Design
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Then There Were Two

Another maudlin indulgence ahead. You’ve been warned. If waxing philosophic about a stranger’s deceased pet is not your cup of tea, skip to another page of this blog or move along.

Then There Were Two

Sunday morning I climbed out of bed both hopeful and terrified. Seeing Lester, our nine-year-old gray tabby, huddled on the floor killed that hope. While the world mourned the tenth anniversary of 9/11, my grief was sharper and closer to home. Continue Reading…

This Idea is Ooooooold…

The Sanguire trilogy is written! YAY! Broken Trails should be out by the end of the year! YAY! My vacation starts today – fifteen days of pure nothing to do but putter around the house and cuddle my wife! YAY!

Now what?

(insert photo of writer deflating here)

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Character

Posted Jul 27 2011 by in Fodder, Writing with Comments Off

The world is full of strange and wonderful people. At times I’ll sit in the coffee shop of Powell’s Books, and a person will catch my eye. Maybe they’re across the street, or perhaps sitting at a table nearby. Something about them sparks me, the absurdity of their appearance or actions inspiring me to scribble something, though I think I might learn more about me than about them. I don’t want to lose these strangers, lose this moment in time. My memory’s not the greatest, and dashing down a few words about someone I see across the street is the best way for me to retain it. And characters they are — they or their illegitimate children will some day grace the pages of a manuscript.

Here are some character sketches of the people I’ve seen around my neck of the woods. Enjoy.

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Setting Goals

In my search for the ‘correct’ way to write, I’ve read a number of articles and books about the accomplished writer’s interactions with non-writers. It’s true! A co-worker discovers that you write books, and he marvels over it, mentions that he’s always thought about doing that, then asks your advice. ‘How do you write a book?’ I have a one word answer:

Write.

Of course, it’s never that simple, is it? Maybe I should beef it up a bit…

Write. LOTS.

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Novels On My Nightstand

First off, let me welcome you to my first entry for the Merry-Go-Round Blog Tour! Some hearty soul entertained the great idea at Forward Motion Writers’ Community to better publicize our blogs, and this is our first month in action! From here on out at least one of my monthly In Shadows entries will be on the group’s choice of topic.

I’ve had the opportunity to read a number of great books in the last month, both fiction and non-fiction, that I’d like to share with you. My public library is a wonderful thing in that I’ve been able to not only find a couple of new favorite authors, but I was able to locate the one book that started me on the writing path many years ago.

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