Merriment Abounded! The Adventures of the 2018 Maryland Renaissance Festival

Today, 23 September 2018, I went with my wife Abby, brother-in law Keith, sister-in-law Amanda, our niece Scarlett, and our nephew Keith, also known as Little Man to the Maryland Renaissance Festival. It’s a huge event for Maryland every year, running from August to October every weekend, rain or shine. …speaking of which… It wasContinue reading “Merriment Abounded! The Adventures of the 2018 Maryland Renaissance Festival”

My Thoughts on my First Editorial Book Review from BlueInk

A few days ago, I received my first official “editorial” review of my book, Get After It: Seven Inspirational Stories to Find Your Inner Strength When It Matters Most, from BlueInk Review, a review company based in Colorado. I met BlueInk representatives at the 2017 BookBaby Independent Authors Conference in Philadelphia. I had a bad tasteContinue reading “My Thoughts on my First Editorial Book Review from BlueInk”

Fridays with Grandpa

Five months ago today… We had all spent the last few days together, and I mean all of us. Family had flown in from California, cousins rode trains down from Manhattan, and those of us who lived close made the daily drive to the Kentlands neighborhood in Gaithersburg, Maryland. We crammed into the apartment, threeContinue reading “Fridays with Grandpa”

Unique Items from Iraq, Afghanistan, the Military, and CIA… Up For Grabs!

Today, 17 September, is a really exciting day; it’s the day that my book, Get After It: Seven Inspirational Stories to Find Your Inner Strength When It Matters Most, ends its 28-day pre-release on Amazon and actually ships in paperback to those who purchased a copy. If you did, a sincere THANK YOU! To help spread theContinue reading “Unique Items from Iraq, Afghanistan, the Military, and CIA… Up For Grabs!”

The Four Major Takeaways I Learned from Writing My First Book

Now that my book, Get After It: Seven Inspirational Stories to Find Your Inner Strength When It Matters Most is published, I felt it was important to reflect on the major lessons I learned the process of writing the book and sharing them with everyone in the hope that they might make the same rightContinue reading “The Four Major Takeaways I Learned from Writing My First Book”

Here’s Why My Grandfather is on the Dedication Page of My Book

The dedication page is a book is an extremely important part of your book, editors, book reviewers, and others in the publishing business told me. That was the case, they said, because whenever you got discouraged about writing–whether it was writer’s block, lack of motivation, or competing priorities—you’d always be able to remember why youContinue reading “Here’s Why My Grandfather is on the Dedication Page of My Book”

We Are the Trees

While discussing parenthood with a friend today, I was reminded of her struggle to have children, including multiple miscarriages before having two beautiful children, a boy and a girl. “I’m thinking of getting a tattoo,” she told me. “Something that is representative of the children I lost, as well as the children I’m so happyContinue reading “We Are the Trees”

Review of Using BookBaby for Self-Publishing: Happy Overall but Feel the Editing Lacked

Writing a book was one of my life-long goals, and I was thrilled to have done so this year, when I published Get After It: Seven Inspirational Stories to Find Your Inner Strength When It Matters Most. I was even more excited to see it hit Amazon in eBook format on August 11th and thenContinue reading “Review of Using BookBaby for Self-Publishing: Happy Overall but Feel the Editing Lacked”