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.

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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10 Things People Say When You’re Writing a Book




Unless you’re a writer by profession, it can come as quite a surprise to friends and family that you’re writing a book. Their reactions run the gamut from uncontrollable laughter to genuine inspiration. Somewhere in the middle is an awkward zone that can result in uncomfortable silence, which the other person naturally feels compelled to break. This is when the weird questions and comments happen. The below list is certainly not exhaustive, but rather a sampling of reactions that have become quite common in my experience. Some have an infinite number of variations, but the gist remains the same. Aaaand we’re off!

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