I love stories.

I listen to them. I watch them on TV, videos, or movies. I read them.

And I write them.

I’ve written almost every kind of story there is. Mystery, romance, confession, science fiction, fantasy, paranormal, horror, and every other kind I can think of and garnered a couple prizes and ‘best-selling’ author designations along the way.

I’ve written short stories, novellas, and novels.

In the process I’ve learned that my favorite stories are science fiction and paranormal. Preferably the two combined.

My stories are always clean, they are always either contemporary or near future, they always have at least a slight romantic element, and they always end happily. Always. Guaaranteed. (Okay, two short stories, ‘The River Boy’ and ‘Down From The Mountain’ have endings that might not be considered completely happy. Maybe just somewhat happy. You decide.)

Check out the covers below and see what you think. And have a happy, happy day.


How do I identify whether an article has or lacks depth?

Not the usual type of question that I answer because it has nothing to do with the craft of writing fiction. But it’s something that I feel passionately about. So here goes —

There is no definitive way to know if an article has depth unless you are an expert on the subject of the article. Because depth means going into specifics that no one would know unless they were an expert.

You can check as to whether the article is full of specifics. Whether it gives comparisons. Whether it lists pros and cons. Whether it quotes experts. And so on. Whether it contains the things that would seem to indicate actual knowledge of the subject.

What you can’t do — unless you do a whole lot of research — is know if those things are credible or whether the author is simply blowing smoke in your face to make you think he/she knows what the article is about.

So credibility is all up to the reader.

As a caveat, it’s a sad commentary on communication today that so many people are willing to accept any statement that they agree with as fact without checking the veracity of the statement. I suspect that a lot of the divisiveness we see today in the media and elsewhere could be avoided if people would spend the time to actually do a bit of fact-checking.

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