Thoughts of an obsessive-compulsive mind

Goodreads review: Bellman & Black

Bellman & Black by Diane Setterfield My rating: 2 of 5 stars After reading "The Thirteenth Tale," I was really excited to read Setterfield's followup. Unfortunately, it's just not good. It's difficult to connect or sympathize with any of the characters, particularly the main character, who has no charisma. We're led through more than 20 … Continue reading Goodreads review: Bellman & Black

Movie review: Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2

In middle, high school, and a bit in college, I did quite a number of movie reviews and of my journalism career, they stand out as my favorite aspect. So on occasion I'll do a movie review, more likely than not of a movie that was released several years, if not decades, ago, for what … Continue reading Movie review: Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2

“Days of Fury” coming

On Feb. 10 I will publish my third novel, "Days of Fury." It's a murder-mystery set in Minnesota/South Dakota in the mid-1980s. Nine-year-old Ryan Strand disappears one winter day and Det. Tom Losnedahl is called in to investigate. He finds a number of plausible suspects, including Ryan's parents, aunt, uncle, and his best friend's parents. … Continue reading “Days of Fury” coming

Looking toward the future

Since this past August, I've been neck-deep in various writing projects--from researching an upcoming true-crime novel, writing, editing, and formatting manuscripts, designing covers, arranging and managing marketing and advertising efforts. I've learned a lot, much that I never thought would appeal to me but all of these efforts have been aimed at a single end … Continue reading Looking toward the future

“Most Unnatural” thoughts

You may have seen that my next novel, Most Unnatural, will be published this Friday. Like Effusion, it'll be available on Amazon in both eBook (99 cents) and paperback ($10). But it won't be anything like Effusion. First of all, it'll be quite a bit longer (hence the increased paperback price). Secondly, it's not an adventure story. In fact I … Continue reading “Most Unnatural” thoughts

Social media fiction: “What’s the Difference?”

by Liam Llewellyn Ashley was born into a Catholic household. As a Catholic, she learned about Original Sin. “We are born sinful creatures and must always seek God’s forgiveness.” “Why?” Ashley asked. “Because Man killed Jesus.” This made sense to Ashley. She learned not to take the lord’s name in vain. “God, I hate school—” … Continue reading Social media fiction: “What’s the Difference?”