This blog offers a glimpse of my writing life. A little about writing, some research I do for my books, and breaking down complex topics that I may or may not have just learned about. As per the blog name, there will be many pics of my senior editor, Buddy the Great Dane, who literally never leaves my side. But he edits! I’ll also leave samples of my fiction here.  I take requests, too!  Please send me a note or leave it in the comments.

It’s Time to Learn About Bitcoin

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A Young Adult’s Guide to Cryptocurrency
  • What is Bitcoin?
  • What is blockchain?
  • Why do we need cryptocurrencies?
  • Why the explosion of new coins?
  • What are some of the other coins with potential?
  • What is the future of cryptocurrencies?
  • How does one get involved?

Do you know the average trade size for an amateur stock investor? Neither do I. Let’s say it’s $5,000. It’s probably lower, but whatever. $5,000 invested in the S&P 500 Index in 2010 would be worth over $11,000 today. Up almost 125%! In seven years, that’s a fantastic return. Of course, if you pick stocks like I do, and invested in a company that makes bottled water for dogs and cats, it would be worth $0 now. How about if you’d invested $5,000 in Bitcoins? It would be worth almost $400 MILLION. Yes, you read that right. Bitcoin, which currently trades close to $4,000, traded around 5 cents back in 2010, after its debut in 2009. There are now over 900 other digital coins out there, most trading for pennies. Think it might be time to start paying attention?

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No Slipping Past Airport Security


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Young Adult Fiction Author Style

Since I left the corporate world to write full-time, my wardrobe needs have changed. My charcoal and navy suits are collecting dust in my closet, praying a wedding will thrust them into the limelight once again. Now I favor pajama pants and slippers. Pretty much around the clock. My descent into slipperdom involved a minor international incident, though.

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Buddy: Volume 3

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Catching Up With My Editor

Batman had Robin. Sherlock Holmes had Dr. Watson. Han Solo had Chewbacca. Harry had Ron and Hermione. Shrek had Donkey. I could keep going. Everyone needs a sidekick. Every writer also needs an editor. Joseph Heller, Toni Morrison, and John Le Carre had Robert Gottleib. Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald shared Maxwell Perkins. Has any writer’s editor also been their sidekick? I have no idea. But mine is.

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Why Can’t We Just Print More Money?

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A Young Adult’s Guide to Inflation

  • Today’s money is known as fiat money
  • An increase in the supply of money causes inflation
  • Zimbabwe is a case study in printing money
  • Even if done in secret, printing money would not work

This is one of those thoughts that nearly everyone’s had at one point. Why can’t we just print more money? Pay off the debt, feed the homeless, make every family a little better off. Win win! Children usually ask this question. Adults often don’t know the answer, but are too embarrassed to ask. The short answer: not enough paper inflation. Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed the post. Kidding. That answer, while correct, doesn’t quite clear it up for many. Let’s fix that.

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Buddy: Volume 2

If I Don't Make It As An Author, It Was Because of My Great Dane

Okay, not really. Buddy doesn’t wield that kind of power. But he does make writing pretty damn hard, in the most charming way possible. Imagine, you’re writing an intense scene, the words flowing out of you like water from a fire hydrant.  And this is going on….

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Capitalism vs Socialism: A Young Adult’s Guide

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  • In capitalism, businesses are owned by individuals and run for profit
  • In socialism, businesses are owned by the state (or the workforce), with profits redistributed
  • Why a car dealership? Because I like cars. No, really, that was it.

Before you skip ahead to the next post, just hold your horses there, Johnny. My number one goal with this article is to keep you interested. If I can prevent boredom, I have won. Maybe you dozed off when they taught this in school, or you’ve forgotten it, or you could use a refresher? Come on in, the water’s warm. Capitalism and socialism might be dull, but they’re secretly fun dry like a fine wine. Okay, they’re nothing like that. But they are relevant. Not just to my novel, The Initiation, but to today’s world. The raging debates about healthcare and tax cuts boil down to the differences between capitalism and socialism.  The fight for healthcare is an emotional one, but at its core is a clash of opposing economic beliefs.

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10 Memes That Writers Will Understand

What better way to connect with young adults and writers alike?

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So, maybe I’ve been looking at too many memes lately.  I also read a ton of writing blogs, and I don’t believe I’ve ever seen a writing post consisting entirely of memes.  Let’s try something new!  Let me know what you think in the comments.

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apocalypse news roundup


Did you know 9 of the world’s deadliest superbugs were recently found in London’s transit system? This roundup focuses on current news relevant to the causes of the apocalypse in The Initiation. They are superbugs, cyberterrorism, inequality, and overpopulation. You can learn valuable background information on these causes by joining my email list and receiving my free PDF about them.

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buddy: volume 1

For the record, Buddy is an awesome dog.  Loyal, affectionate, snuggly.  I love him.  And I’m 100% his alpha person.  It’s probably less because I’m the biggest one in the house, and more because he and I are together all the time.  If I leave the city and venture to the country to write, Buddy comes along.  If I need to be in the city, Buddy is there.  When I’m still up writing at 4am, he’s there.  Subsequently when I wake up at 11am?  There.  In the bed.  So, yeah, it’s great to have such a loyal companion, a sidekick if you will.

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How does Wall Street work? A young adult’s guide


  • A simple example illustrates how Wall Street works
  • The jobs of traders, investment bankers, and salespeople demystified


So, you kind of get what Wall Street does. A lil’ bit. But not really. Something with money, and the economy, and douchey guys in suits. I’m here to make it crystal clear with an example.

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