Please, please…Don’t drink and drive


This is another case of drinking and driving causing the death of another human being.  What makes this more intense for me is that I know the family of the 17 yr-old who was drinking and caused the death of another person.  The woman killed was a 38 yr-old mother of two teen-agers.

It make me sick to the core. I have a 17 yr-old daughter who was friends with this 17 yr-old.  I have instilled in my daughter just how fast entire lives can be completely ruined. The lives of the drunk-driving 17 yr-old, her family and the family of the victim are all changed forever.

The young girl will face up to 20 years in prison, her family will face scrutiny and in a case like this, nobody wins. I would like to send my deepest condolences to the family of the mother who was killed.  A waste of life…..in more ways than one.

Milford woman dies in head-on collision early Saturday morning

By DUSTIN BLITCHOK Of The Oakland Press

A 38-year-old Milford woman was pronounced dead on the scene after a head-on collision early Saturday morning on Milford Road.
At about 5:39 a.m. Saturday, Milford police and firefighters responded to a 911 call for a two-vehicle accident on Milford Road south of General Motors Road.
The driver of the other car, a 17-year-old White Lake Township woman, was taken to Botsford Hospital with “non-life threatening orthopedic injuries,” according to a statement by Milford Police Chief Thomas Lindberg.
Milford Road was closed for several hours after the fatal accident.

“There was dense fog throughout the region at the time of the crash and alcohol is suspected to have been a factor,” Lindberg said.
The cause of the accident is under investigation by the Milford Police Department and the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office accident investigation team. An autopsy will be performed on the 38-year-old woman who died in the crash.

The making of “Behind the Brick” II


The map shows all the routes my characters are taking in Michigan circa 2050.  The pink shows the wall surrounding the entire U.P. of Michigan while the blue and red represent other routes.  I have researched extensively so that train lines, sensible driving routes and character development within the State of Michigan is as accurate and realistic as possible.  I’m about 240 pages into my first draft (note: I re-read every ten chapters and make changes.) and it’s going well.  I still hope for a March or April 2013 release.  This is by far the best book I’ve written.  I can’t wait until YOU get a chance to read it!

The making of “Behind the Brick”


Despite all the worldly bullshit that attempts to infiltrate my desires, I have made major progress on my new novel, Behind the Brick.  The last two weeks have found me filled with energy, excitement and creative juices that are flowing like a fountain.

I don’t want to give away much, but I’m dealing with quite a populated cast of characters.  I like my novels to be and stay busy, so this doesn’t bother me in the least.  I enjoy keeping multiple plot lines and giving the reader a complete experience.

My cast of characters.  (I won’t tell you anything more than the names).

1.  John Wisecroft

2.  Henry Jasper

3.  Henry Marsh

4.  A. Davis Goddard

5.  Ivan Cross

6.  Davis Lowell

7.  Sal “The Gal” Parker

8.  Rachel Lyons

9.  Matt Lyons

10.  Steven Smith

11.  Rick Lyons

12.  Jill Lyons

13.  Casper

14.  Mary

15.  Rene Duchard

16.  Nurse Lisa

17.  James Rogers

18.  Alan Lowell

19.  The man in the green truck

There you have it.  I know you can’t make heads or tails of it, but in Spring you will.  This is my best work yet.  The Black Jacks series is on a temporary hiatus, but will be continued after this work is finished.  We can never forget the awesome Amy Fraser, now can we?

In the meantime, I’ll be at more shows around Michigan through mid-December, then it’s a 1 and 1/2 month break before getting back at it.  In that month and a half, I’ll be working extensively on Behind the Brick in hopes of getting it ready for an April release.

Lastly, I’ve been doing a little reading….Everything’s Eventual by Stephen King.  I read 1408 and found the writing simply awesome.  How he can give me a picture of such chaos is beyond me.  It keeps my dream alive of being able to do the same one day.  That’s the thing with dreams…you never, ever quit on them!!  Work hard enough and they may come true!

 

Great Summer! Thank You Michigan


This summer alone, I sold exactly:

1,235 copies of A Motion for Innocence…And Justice for All?

1,006 copies of Black Jacks

1,003 copies of Black Jacks (Volume Two): A Killer for the Queen

That doesn’t count all the books I sold through Amazon and various other sites on the internet and also Kindle and other E-Book sales.

I would like to thank all the people in Michigan who believed in me enough to give me a try.  I’m getting terrific feedback and enthusiastic reviews for all the books.

I’m still working on Behind the Brick (About 1/2 finished) and I’m excited to get back out on the road next year.  I do have three shows remaining this year and a lecture at a Michigan Public Library.

Through hard work, dedication and getting my butt out there, I have enjoyed better success than I could’ve ever dreamed of.  My goal is to pass the 5,000 book mark with four titles next year.  I’ll be venturing into Ohio, Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin, along with all the awesome events in Michigan.

Who needs a traditional publishing company?  I have way more fun meeting all the new people and giving them smiles!  Thank you again….Hope to see you on the road!

 

 

Self-less-ness


I woke up at 2:30 am to the sound of my dog getting sick. It doesn’t seem like a big deal, but it taught me a valuable lesson about giving of myself and not being a selfish, self-centered person.

It’s easy for us to get so involved in our lives that we sometimes forget about the important aspects of our existence. I feel that we are here to help others, whether it be a human being, feline or canine. This morning a dog needed me and I was there for him.  He stayed very close to me and relied on me to be the comfort he was looking for.

We have a tendency to criticize others despite our own flaws.  We tend to make others feel bad to make ourselves feel good and worthy.  It’s a natural human reaction, but we should do more to help others, not make them feel like they don’t belong in the world.  Some people are worse than others about this, but we should always be there with a helping hand.

I have made it a point to change a few things in my life to try and make others lives more comfortable.  Instead of “me, me, me” I have decided to look outside of myself and focus in on others needs.  My life is going well, so I consider myself blessed. Others lives aren’t so great and sometimes they need a boost to give them the confidence and put a smile on their face.

I will react to positive energy.  There are so many good things in this world and we tend to miss them. A cool cloud in the sky, a colorful rainbow, a person doing good for another:  These are all things we miss when we get too tied up in ourselves. Take the time to look at the fall leaves, take a deep breath of the crisp air and smile. Smiling does wonder for the entire being.

My dog feels better now and I’m so glad I could pet and comfort him while he was struggling.  It made him feel better, it made me feel better, and it gave me a tingle of very positive energy.  Life isn’t perfect and we all go through our personal troubles, but we can make it much easier on ourselves if we look at it from a more positive angle.