Monthly Archive: February 2013


It is 2046, and recent high school graduate Trent Waverly has a problem. A local mobster believes Trent stole some valuable data. Now, Trent’s only hope to live past noon is a dog named Chainsaw…

At 14,500 words, Chainsaw is a science-fiction/horror short story that some have described as an over-the-top very fun read. I am pleased to present the opening paragraphs:

“Trent! Dude! Wake up! We got a problem!”

Joey’s voice mixed with his frantic pounding on the front door of my Uncle Max’s bungalow. I jerked from a troubled sleep and dreams of a car pulling out in front of me as I raced down the street on my twelve-speed, too fast to stop in time with the brakes, hemmed in by cars on either side, unable to do anything but raise my hands, brace myself, wonder how the hell I was going to pay for all the medical bills—assuming I survived . . .

He sounded urgent, even through the multitude of doors and walls between his mouth and my ears. My uncle’s reply sounded equally strident from his bedroom down the hall, though I could tell he was still half-asleep.

“Whatha’ fuck? Whozzat banging on the fucking door!”

I managed to get out of bed and past his bedroom door before he jerked it open. By then, Joey had launched into another round of knocking.

“Trent! C’mon, man! Wake up!”

“I got it, I got it!” I said over my shoulder.

Joey’s pounding stopped when I unlatched the locks.

I swung the door wide, stood there in my T-shirt and skivvies. “What!”

Joey looked at me, then over my shoulder. “Sorry ’bout waking you, Mr. Waverly.” Then, eyes wide, he said, “Trent, dude, please tell me you didn’t fuck with that last data ring you delivered last night!”

Click here to go to the Chainsaw page!

Witch Warden Update

Well, I am about 7500 words into Witch Warden, the third book in my Ux-Blood trilogy. This first chapter is actually going very well. I am hitting all the points I wanted to make going along. I am particularly pleased about the potential for conflict I am incorporating into this first draft. I usually worry about emotional entanglements later, when I can better see the big picture. But right now, in the dialogue I am adding the importance of what’s not being said as well as what’s spoken out loud. I think it will set up the remaining chapters pretty well.

I plan to work on the cover soon. Just to throw ideas out. I need to work on the cover for A Child of Byne, my Ux-Blood novella due out in March, probably. Two covers! Yeesh! But at least they’ll have the same fonts and generally the same theme. The cover for the novella will be easier- providing I don’t have to do a back cover! Right now it’s only slated for ebook, particularly Kindle.

Anyway, I may include excerpts as this blog deepens. If anyone peeks in, they might find it interesting to see bits of a work in progress. I need to sit down and hit this regularly, though. So I may give myself days to do so. I am thinking Tuesdays and Fridays. And since today is Tuesday, there’s that done!

Beginning a new novel tonight…

It’s February 1st! Though I should have been working on it for a month now already, tonight at work I plan to begin the third novel in my Ux-Blood trilogy, Witch Warden. I’ve sketched out the story in my mind. Time to put it down in outline form, then write out the first thousand words or so. I would like to keep a schedule of abouot 3000 words a day, but I know that’s probably unrealistic. Still, I should have a finished first draft by the end of April. Three months is plenty of time, if I have a good roadmap. Because the plot for this one looks like it’ll be somewhat involved, an outline will be a good idea.

I’ll post soon to let you know how things are going. With my twelve hour shifts on the weekend, I feel pretty good come Monday I should be well on my way. I have two other big projects going on as well, and will have to devote time to them, too. Then there’s StarCraft- hard to stop playing for a couple of hours when the typing gets tiresome. But overall, I feel pretty good about getting into this one. Come October, when it’s out for sale, I can look back on these past three years with some amazement that I got them all done finally, and tell myself not to embark on another trilogy for a few years! I do have a pair of series planned, but I want to get out a few stand-alone novels beforehand, and maybe publish a couple of short story collections. I have enough of them now to make for a good collection or two, I think, though they all pretty much need some tweaking. But that’s for down the road.

Tonight, it’s all about Witch Warden.