Insight: The Three Safeties

The Three Safeties is an interesting story because at the time it was written, I was experimenting with introducing more darker elements in my stories. I dug deep when I wrote this particular story because I wanted to convey the feeling of someone who had lost everything that they held dear in their lives and had no hope left.

At its core, the story is about choices and how they can affect not only our own lives, but the lives of those around us. Those who have read the story picked up on the central theme and have relayed to me how much it resonated with them. That gratifies me, because I’m always striving to create deeper meanings with my writing and take my readers to a new level.

Anyway, this is a short post today because I’m in it up to my elbows with Parallax and need to get back to it. The next Insight article will talk about Vessel. Until then, have a great day and stay positive.


Insight: Corona

Corona is a story that is near and dear to me. Back in 2002, I had left college due to funding issues and had relocated from Ames, IA to San Diego, CA. As you can imagine, moving to a new city with few initial prospects and little faith in my ability as a writer was a very daunting set of circumstances. I was out and about one day job hunting when I came across the Hotel Del Coronado. Man, what a beautiful place! While I was there at the Del, I heard the story of Kate Morgan, a young woman who was found dead on the beach of an apparent suicide back in the Day and that got me thinking of writing a ghost story.

Of course, I could have easily written a standard ghost story, but I decided to give it something of a SF twist and then Corona was born. I started by asking myself three questions:

What if ghost sightings were actually echoes of the past?
What if a structure had been built upon a transdimensional nexus?
What if that nexus was used to imprison an evil person’s consciousness?

Once I had answered those three questions, I set about creating Corona’s story world using elements from another story that I had been previously working on. I like to create connections between some stories and this idea seemed perfect to do a few tie-ins. It didn’t take long to write Corona, but unfortunately, there didn’t seem to be a place to shop it due to a limited market at the time. So, it sat in a file on my computer for quite a few years before I decided to self-publish it on Amazon.

For all intents and purposes, Corona is my first published work and as such, holds a special place in my heart. It’s an added thrill to be able to share it with the world at large.

Welcome to the New Blog

As the title states, welcome to my new blog. I recently brought back online after a short absence, but I’m back and here to stay. The primary purpose of this blog will be to talk about writing, but also to include things that interest me. Thanks for your time.