My daughter (left) at my sister in law’s wedding.

It’s been a pretty busy week.  I’ve had three exams and an out of town wedding.  It’s kind of strange how a ritualistic experience can truly tug at the heart strings, and seeing a family member begin a new life with someone is certainly no exception.

The reception was catered, and the cake buffet was pretty much a genius idea.  My daughter dancing with the bride while lightening flashed from the windows behind them really sticks out in my mind.  I would post more pictures, but for my daughter’s sake, I will not.

One of the highlights of the reception was the speeches.  After two people spoke to the newly married couple, it was asked if anyone else had something to say.  My daughter immediately ran up to the microphone in front of everyone.  My father in law raised her up to the mic, and she said “ummm, I want to say that I love my mommy and daddy.”

I don’t think that it’s possible for her to be more adorable.

What Is Hell?

What is Hell?  I maintain that it is the inability to love.  For that, one doesn’t need an eternity. A day will do, or even a moment.

The capacity of forgiveness and strength in the family of slain teenager Demetrius Hewlin apparently knows no bounds.  T.J. Lane , 17, admitted taking a .22-caliber pistol and a knife to Chardon High in Ohio and firing 10 shots at a group of students sitting at a cafeteria table Monday morning.  Three students died as a result.

As a father, I couldn’t even fathom what the Hewlin family is going through, and I certainly do not know if I would be able to forgive the boy who shot and killed my child.  We are talking about victims who won’t even be able to go to prom, walk across the stage for their diploma, or shape their life after high school.

Love, however, is a powerful thing.

“I taught Demetrius not to live in the past, to live in today and forgiveness is divine.  You have to forgive everything.  God’s grace is new each and every day,” Demetrius’s mother stated.  “Until you’ve walked in another person’s shoes, you don’t know what made him come to this point.”

CNN reported that the shooter “chose his victims at random.”



According to the StarTribune, “Lane did not attend Chardon High but waited there for the bus to Lake Academy, a school for students with academic or behavioral problems. Authorities would not say how and why he ended up at Lake Academy.  Fifteen-year-old Danny Komertz, who witnessed the shooting, said it appeared that the gunman singled out a group of students sitting together. He said Lane was known as an outcast who had apparently been bullied.”

My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the victims in this tragic event.

Time Travelling

We are governed by the apparatus of the tyranny of time.  Clocks, schedules, and deadlines rule every year of our lives.  These things dictate our actions, but how accurate are they?  Take birthdays for instance.  Theoretically, wouldn’t any day do?  Why celebrate your birthday on that particular day?  It isn’t the actual day that you were born.  It is the date in which you were born on a calendar.  So, we have acquired a notion that the same day keeps coming back around.

If the past becomes present because of this cycle, then wouldn’t that be some form of time-travel?  As an author of science fiction, I tend to ramble.  For that, I apologize, but sometimes it’s the simplest things that get me started creatively for the day.  One such thing, or “apparatus” would be the infamous alarm clock that set these thoughts into motion.

Somebody once told me that he wishes he could travel back in time and murder the man that invented such a cruel machine as the alarm clock.  Couldn’t the same hateful wishes be said for calendars, or planners?  Our lives function off of these things.  Indeed, they keep us on track.  Sometimes, however, it’s good to forget them altogether.  Only then can you truly relish a day (not a date) that is literally new.

Two Birds, One Stone

There are times in life when you just have to get up and GO.  That’s precisely what I’ve done with my family, and we are now living in the Appalachian Mountains.  Things have been pretty hectic, as one would expect, but we are making it by.

I’ve been spending a lot of time in school and writing two novels at the same time.  The first is at twenty thousand words at the time of this posting, and the second one still has longer yet to go.  About half an hour ago, I finished up a chapter in the second novel that I’m gearing towards a young adult audience.  The first one is taking everything I’ve got to pull off, and is very much an adult science fiction story.  It’s not based in some far future or on a distant planet.  Instead, it takes place after the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011.

I apologize for the prolonged absence on this page, and wish all the best to whomever stumbles across it.  To those of you who follow me on this site, I hope that you are doing well and don’t hate on me too hard.

Sad Rejection

I received my first rejection today for a particular submission.  Perhaps that piece was too mature for the magazine, and too lengthy.  The editor left a generous note, describing the fact that she ultimately did not understand what took place at the end of the story.  The ending wasn’t something that I wanted to spell out to the reader, it was something that I wanted the reader to think about.  Perhaps that was indeed a mistake.


Spring Reading

I’ve been reading Never Let Me Go, and have been enjoying it immensely.  I understand that it has been adapted into a film, and hope to watch it soon after reading the original novel.

After Never Let Me Go, I plan on checking out The Forever War.  It’s a nebula award winning novel that has been much hyped over the years.  Cannot wait!

Returning to wordpress

I’ve been away from this site for way too long, and have instead found myself yammering aimlessly on facebook.  Well, today I closed my facebook account.  WordPress is so much better anyway.

Mindflights Magazine

I haven’t been very faithful to posting here in the past months.  I’ve been writing a lot, and reading a lot.  Thanks to Cassie Hart for staying in touch, and for the guidance.

My newest story has been submitted to Mindflights Magazine.  Hopefully, things will go well and you guys can read it in that magazine soon.  If not, there are a few other places I have in mind.



This is a steam punk novel that I’m currently reading on my Kindle3, and I have to admit that so far… I’m really impressed.  The characters are very emotionally driven, and have a past that’s not only haunting but riveting.  It has a sequel, and as long as the original doesn’t fall apart for me by the end, it’ll definitely be worth checking out.  Otherwise, it’s been recommended that I read Never Let Me Go.