Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Sleep... or... Death?

I do not know if it is because we are now into the 'summer-death' here in grand 'ol Phoenix that I thought of this, but it came to me recently nonetheless. Or perhaps it's because of watching too much crime drama before going to sleep, who knows.

The notion is this: A common custom we have in covering ourselves; and I'm not talking about the clothes we wear. I'm speaking of how, when we sleep, we cover up - with our sheets and blankys. We generally do it fully, the entire length of our body, except our head. And all the while as we slumber, we are basically unconscious.

Now, the morbid part. When a body becomes deceased, permanently unconscious, we do the same thing; cover it all, head included! Why these dark curiousities come to me I'll never know, but I find it interesting how close these two customs are, and I guess how close sleep and death must be. I suppose it's as close as the foot or two difference in covering, or not covering that head!

Undoubtedly, one of the reasons the parallel came to mind was working on the Cross Gate novels, which have so much to do with sleeping and dreaming. Thought I'd take a few moments out of all that to share my twisted little observation.

Sleep on that one, why don'tcha!

Saturday, June 18, 2016


Unofficially OFFICIAL:
CROSS GATE Book 1 premiered at the Summer 2016 Phoenix ComicCon June 4-7!
Yes, the years of writing, consulting, and endless editing came to fruition at the event
at the booth of AZ Publishing Services, with books on hand for sale!

To have actual product to hold in one's hand is truly a dream realized for this author.
I look forward to more success as the process continues to move on and ahead.

And, of course, Books 2-3 to follow in the next few years! Yee-hah, we get to do all
of the above AT LEAST two more times!

Rock n Roll, and Dream On!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016


Hurry, hurry, read all about it!

A book release date for Cross Gate Book 1 has been established!

April 16th, 2016 is the target date. More details to follow.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Walkin' the Dream

One foot in front of the other - just like everything in life, that's how you got to tackle bringing the dream to life. As in, getting a book done! More chapters returning from proofing, so plodding along I go! It's been awhile - as during the holidays, not much was coming back to work on. I've actually found that I have missed it! 

I look forward to some fresh inspiration, as new movies hit the big screen; some book-to-movie themselves. Insurgent (Divergent sequel) arrives in about a month, plus Jupiter Ascending premiers presently. Down the pike, coming back to television is the old hit Heroes, now Heroes Reborn. It may sound ridiculous to look to such as fuel for the fire, but so much of the writing of Cross Gate has occurred that way already. In my latest writing (Cross Over), The Walking Dead no doubt inspired my minions of the demon-possessed, in an apocalyptic atmosphere.

Here's to creativity and inspiration!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

A Quick Overview of CROSS Gate Book One

'The Family in Turmoil' are the Severs, consisting of David the father; Cassie, his daughter; Jeff, his son; and Carolyn, his estranged wife. David and Cassie have some latent abilities they used to play with when she was a child. They toyed with getting 'inside' one another, skirting the fringes of a technique known as dream-walking, though they had no label, nor any depth of knowledge about it.

Now in the present day, they find themselves doing it again, coinciding with dreams David is having of a mysterious circular cross shape and a Templar Knight. David's eccentricities surrounding his dream world is wreaking havoc in the marriage and family unit. Carolyn seeks out new age church alternatives as her solution, while David is having no part of it, as the bent of his faith is that of a traditionalist. 

Cassie, a rebel teen, has little interest in either, but is fascinated with her father's dream world, and begins to share in it, while her brother seeks only what best serves preserving the family as a whole. This leads him to more of an alliance with his mother and her new-found 'mentor,' charlatan church leader, Murro Vogt. As Murro takes Carolyn and Jeff 'under his wing,' his true motives in targeting this family because of their ancestry to the line of Knights Templar, slowly begin to emerge. 

Cassie's allegiance to her father and his resistance towards Vogt brings the two sides headlong on collision course, eventually leading to Cassie's introduction to Sandra Nikells, a psychic consultant to the local police department. Nikells becomes involved when a stark tragedy of Vogt's making strikes the family, felling both Carolyn and Jeff. Eventually, she becomes their coach in the art of dream walking and the use of 'dream gates'. As these skills are honed, so too is the mystery of David's dream cross circles. They also are revealed to be 'gates' in their own right. Gates of cross-over passage to the other side!

It is ultimately to this end, a mission pre-destined to the family Severs by their connection to the Templar Grand Master deSevery, that their road of discovery leads. And once upon it, there is no turning back. The very author of the faith they so desperately struggle over is the ONE who sets them forth on a tumultuous journey into the spiritual realm. Fraught with dark dangers and entities, they march into the unknown not only to rescue mother and son, but many other souls lost in a black beyond! 


Sunday, December 14, 2014

The Shepherd Lives!

I thought I'd had a completely original notion when coming up with 'the Shepherd' reference to the persona of Jesus in the CrossGate books, but this very day I discovered, not to my chagrin, but to my delight actually, that Christ, as 'the Shepherd' appeared in scripture! Not in the Cannon, and included in the New Testament, but in a 'Lost Gospel of the Bible,' a book called 'Hermas.' (I've been reading these 'Lost Books' for a while now)

In Hermas II, 1-3 it reads:
When I had prayed at home, and was sat down upon the bed, a certain man came in to me with a reverend look, in the habit of a shepherd, clothed with a white cloak, having his bag upon his back, and his staff in his hand, and saluted me.
I returned his salutation, and immediately he sat down by me, and said unto me, 'I am sent by that venerable messenger, that I should dwell with thee all the remaining days of thy life.'
But I thought that he was come to try me, and said unto him, 'Who are you? For I know to whom I am committed.' He said unto me, 'do you not know me?' I answered no. 'I am,' said he, 'that shepherd to whose care you are delivered.' 

Had I made this discovery in other than some form of scripture, I may not have been quite as giddy over it. But, being from 'inspired writings,' I find I am - more inspired myself! Justified, confirmed, whatever you like to call it. Thus, even if not in an 'accepted' New Testament book, The Shepherd indeed has a First Century reference as Christ himself! Whoo-hoo, how about that! Amen?!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Writer's Block?

As the weather cools, it seems progress in editing the mighty tale has also. For whatever reason, contact with my editor has grown cold of late. Not cause for a total stress-out by any means, but the not knowing is generally like whenever you don't what's up with your kid! And is not one's written work not like unto your child? Of course it is.

In more positive news, work on what shall be the third installment of the series continues humming along. But first, a little background; for one might ask, "Third?" "What about the second?"
In its initial writing, CrossGate was a singular, sweeping epic with a marked shift in story somewhere around the half-way point. It was at last decided during editing/marketing consultations to split the original chronicle into two parts for consistency and book-size considerations. The second book is tentatively entitled EarthGate, and deals with what is commonly known as 'The Rapture' in a decidedly Sci-Fi perspective. 

Thus, when a new story began to gel, it would naturally have to become Part Three, which is going by the working title of CrossOver. CrossOver introduces some interesting new concepts involving a particular warcraft of Russian design, as well as a zombie apocalypse flavor (except with demons rather than the walking-dead!). Additionally, it brings a nice twist to the lead character of Cassie which she has lacked through Parts 1-2: some romance!