A Book Festival and a Pirate Festival in One Weekend

**Sorry folks. I forgot to post this last week.** From the sublime to the ridiculous? Maybe just ” . . . to the silly and fun.” Took Little Brother Ethan to the local presentation of the Iowa-Minnesota Pirate Festival in town last weekend, the day after I was signing books at […]

Little Moments, Big Magic, Super Salesmen

I had a great weekend promoting Castle Danger, but as it turned out, selling books wasn’t nearly the best part of the two events I was at. It was all about Little Moments and Big Magic. Bowl For Kid’s Sake For this annual Big Brother Big Sisters fundraiser on Friday, […]

I am now an Author-Publisher

Had a great time at UW–Madison’s Writers’ Institute last weekend. Great speakers, good networking, lots of new ideas and information. One term I picked up and will use going forward describes most accurately what I am. I am an “Author-Publisher.” The term “self-published” is inaccurate unless one does all the […]

April Update

April is shaping up to be a good month. The signing highlight will be my appearance at Chapter 2 Books in Hudson, Wisconsin, on Saturday, April 21, from 11:00-1:00. It’s a “meet-and-greet” event where I’ll be signing copies of Castle Danger and chatting about books and writing with anyone who […]

My Motivation for Writing and Selling Books

MONEY IS NOT THE ONLY MOTIVATION Being an author whose books are “yet to achieve” major bestseller status isn’t particularly rewarding in the monetary sense. Some rewards come from meeting avid readers, advocates for literacy, and making friends with other writers around the world. The big driver for me is […]

Gifts of Experiences, not Gifts of Things

Like many people have done, I’ve turned away from the Christmas frenzy of buying gifts for everyone and receiving gifts from those people after realizing all those things are often soon forgotten. Most people can ill afford to buy gifts for so many people, and I choose to donate money […]

Little Brother Ethan at the National Eagle Center

A New Experience for my Little Brother As a volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern MN, the best part of my “job” is introducing my Little Brother, Ethan, to new places, ideas, and experiences. Last Sunday, we drove 80 miles to visit one of the great environmental education assets […]

Big Brothers Big Sisters Happenings and Event Recaps

Indie Author Day and Oktoberfest at OCC At the first Indie Author Day held at the Owatonna Public Library, I had a great chat with the library patrons who attended even though I didn’t sell any books. For the Owatonna Country Club Oktoberfest, I enjoyed and savored a wonderful beer-tasting […]

Happy News, Exciting News, and Notes

This is What Motivates Me the Most to Write (the Happy News) Exciting News I’ll be attending the University of Wisconsin Writers’ Institute (UWWI) conference in Madison, WI next month. That in itself is not earthshaking, although it’s a great conference for writers. This will be the seventh consecutive year […]

Talking the Talk and Walking the Walk

Most of you know that I am a volunteer Big Brother and a huge supporter of the program. I’ve been matched with two Little Brothers during almost all that time. I took about a year off after my first match ended after more than 11 years (Zach “graduated” from the […]

Page 1 Page 2