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Simple steps to boost user engagement

Simple steps to boost user engagement

Use these simple and easy to implement steps to boost blog engagement.  Building a bigger audience, increasing conversions and maximizing visibility are important.   Engagement isn’t just something twenty-five year old men are scared of.     It’s an important metric...

The Rear Naked Choke And Motivation

The Rear Naked Choke And Motivation

I was teaching Jiu Jitsu recently.   While teaching,I thought a lot about how my internal drives and motivation are sometimes used in the wrong way. We were going over the most iconic of moves in combative wrestling. The Rear Naked Choke.   For the uninitiated, it’s...

Types Of Fairy Magic – Fiction Writing Tips

Types Of Fairy Magic – Fiction Writing Tips

Anyone who writes fiction has a penchant for rascally little fairies. I discuss different types of Fairy Magic and Lore to offer some fiction writing tips.   Fairies are evil, they’re kind, they’re ugly, they’re benevolent and beautiful.  Depending on where you...

Crafiting a Chapter – Four Writing Tips

Crafiting a Chapter – Four Writing Tips

Want help creating a chapter in your book? Here are four easy steps to help you on your journey. These writing tips have helped me many times and I'd love to share them with you. Crafting a chapter shouldn't be an overwhelming task.  Step 1.  Start with a question....

How I made my own magic, Part 2

How I made my own magic, Part 2

How I made my own magic, Part 2 You read about the connection between my world and quantum physics, right? If not, go HERE first. This blog is about the creatures within the ‘bleed’. As you know, the bleed is this place between realities. It exists because when the...

Character Development Writing Tips

Character Development Writing Tips

As a writer, we are also avid readers. A beautiful part of writing is seeing how the bonds are created and shown to us on paper. I take a hard look at one relationship in particular because it's close to my heart. Through this you can pull out some important character...

Who is Jonathon Stonebinder?

Who is Jonathon Stonebinder?

Who is Jonathon Stonebinder?  Jonathon is 400 years old and not from Earth. Well, he is, but it’s just a different version of Earth. In his reality, there was a great war that destroyed the entire planet. During the war, he befriended a mysterious soldier who spent...

Bad-Assery is a thing

Roy P. Benavidez is a bad ass mother fucker. On May 2nd, 1968 he spent six hours in hell. He was shot seven times. One time was in the back, and the bullet exited his chest just below his heart. He had 28 pieces of shrapnel in his body and he had been stabbed no less...

Flames that melted my heart

I've written about my son in the past.  Maybe it’s because he’s a conflagration of love, pride and hope for the future.  Maybe it’s because children are the bright and shiny embodiment of possibility in every parent’s eyes.  Or, maybe it’s because he is the thing we...

Ten-speed vs. a quarter pipe

I tried to ride a ten speed off a skateboard ramp once.   We had just moved into the crappy rental house on the street. It was kind of exciting because living in a house was not something we always got to do. I was ten years old, and the kids who lived on the street...

War Is Never Over – PTSD and its effects

War Is Never Over – PTSD and its effects

    For years I thought the idea of saying I had PTSD was bad. I viewed it as a term of weakness. I didn’t live through Vietnam so what I saw and went through wasn’t bad enough to warrant something so horrible. Sounds silly, but it was what I thought and what many...

I’m sorry son, the world isn’t good enough for you.

I’m sorry son, the world isn’t good enough for you.

I hit a deer the other day. My son walked out to the driveway to survey the damage. He looked at the deer fur and deer poop splattered across the broken grill of my SUV. Then he sat down in the driveway and started crying. “Dadda, I love deers and ladybugs. I’m so sad...

The Dead Miss Us – Suicide From Drugs

The Dead Miss Us – Suicide From Drugs

The dead miss us. I know. My best friend comes to say hi more often than he should. I don’t know how it works, or if it’s really him, but he’s there. I think. His name is Angel. Well, Angel Cruz Lee. People called him Cruz. He really wasn’t much of an angel, but he’s...

Chekhov’s Gun

Chekhov’s Gun

Anton Chekhov eloquently stated years ago a simple fact with respect to story construction.  If you have a gun leaning against the wall during the first act of a play, you better use it in the second act.  Otherwise, get rid of the gun.  This is an important ideal, it...

Confidence

Confidence

My last post was about getting bullied and how it took years for me to realize how it hurt my own confidence. I've spent the past few weeks thinking about the source of confidence in more detail. I'm doing this project at work right now. Most people love it, some...

Working on Septic

So this poem thing I wrote is interesting.  I don't write poetry.  I certainly don't read it either.  This thing hits me hard though.  Hell, I wrote it and it kicks my butt every time I read it.  I guess there's something to it. I went on a cruise with my wife and...

Top 8 Must Have Books for Fantasy Writing

Top 8 Must Have Books for Fantasy Writing

  Of course there's more than eight books. But, in my short time on this earth I've found some gems that have helped me greatly. These are the top 8 must have books for fantasy writing.   The Writer's Journey By: Christopher Vogler If you get nothing else, get this...

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