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Writing (and the Deer Stand)

Last weekend was deer opener in Minnesota. As I sat in the stand, I thought back to a November morning several years ago, when I found myself sitting in a deer stand near the crack of dawn in the north woods. The season was colder than usual, and before the sun rose,...

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ValleyCon 2017

This past weekend, I attended ValleyCon in Fargo, ND. ValleyCon began in March 1977, and has been a staple in the Fargo-Moorhead community ever since. This served as a fitting close to my 2017 convention season, which for me began in February when I attended...

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How Did Warrior of Light Begin?

A lot of folks have asked me how Warrior of Light began. Some already know this story, but others may not. Well, like many other writers, I was a reader first. I’ve been reading stories for as long as I can remember, and eventually I decided to try writing one. As an...

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Book Review: Bleak House

I recently finished reading Charles Dickens’ Bleak House. The novel tells the story of Esther Summerson, a young lady peripherally involved in a court case, Jarndyce and Jarndyce, that has lasted for years. While Esther is not a principal in the case, two of her...

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Movie Review: Stephen King’s “It”

On Thursday, September 7th, I watched the new version of Stephen King’s It. Of all the movies I’ve gone to, I can think of four that completely mesmerized me in-theater: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Dark Knight, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and now, It. Here are...

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Book Two Update

At the beginning of August, I finished the first draft of the sequel to Warrior of Light. The manuscript comes in at 211,279 words, making it 15% longer than Warrior in its current state (the final word count for Warrior of Light was 182,659 words). That said, the...

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Can a Story Matter?

Everyone has their own reasons for writing. Some write to express themselves, others to make a living, and others simply because they love love it. So why do I write? To be fair, nobody has one single reason for doing anything they do, but I can certainly talk about...

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Tampa Bay Comic Con

Last weekend, I participated in Tampa Bay Comic Con in Tampa, Florida. I had a grand time, I met great people, and I even managed to sell a few books. To date, I’ve attended five conventions this year: February: Fargo-Moorhead Comic Con (Fargo, ND) March: Bismarck...

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The Rise of Fantasy Literature

I remember when the science fiction and fantasy section of a bookstore formed two or three shelves at most, often in a back corner and unattended by the average passerby. Today, however, it’s one of the largest sections in the entire store. What brought about this...

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Harry Potter, 20 Years Later

Last week, the first book in the Harry Potter series—Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone—celebrated its 20th anniversary. At 504 million copies sold, Harry Potter and its author, J.K. Rowling, are recognizable as household names. While I usually don't include...

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