A Long Strange Trip: A Review of the Year Thus Far

The last few months have been a long strange trip for me.

I’ve been very happy.  More so than I’ve ever been in my entire life, despite some of the bumps in my life.

My cousin Kevin Messer died and I returned home to visit with the family and express my condolences.  It was a strange experience, but I am glad that I did it.

Lisa and I have been awesome together.  Growing closer each day.  We have a friend leaving for Korea and that has turned into a bittersweet experience.  We want the best for her, but we will miss her.

We have plenty of friends and family that have turned into a solid community.  The sort of family I’ve always wanted and feared that I would never have in a billion years.

Professionally, I finished a technical writing contract for a project called ChronoZoom that was the most fulfilling assignment I think I’ve ever had.  What is ChronoZoom?  It is a web service that attempts to visualize the scope of known history combined with hundreds of difference streams of data and historical information.  You can check it out here: http://www.chronozoomproject.org

My novel The Highway West made it to the Quarter Finals for the Amazon Breakthrough Novels Award.  You can check out my entry here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007GEBZU2/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_dp_PNwApb132R4ND

I have been hard at work on sequel titled A Wicked Messenger.  Yesterday, I reached the 1/3 point of the novel.

Last week, I had a slight relapse of Bell’s Palsy.  It was the opposite side of my face.  Lisa and I went to the Doctor early and it is already healing nicely.  It was a good reminder that health is important and worth the effort it takes to keep it.

I have a couple of stories in anthologies that have been released recently.

“Requiem” appears in the Dark Tales of Lost Civilizations anthology published by Dark Moon Books.  You can check it out here: http://www.amazon.com/Dark-Tales-Lost-Civilizations-Guignard/dp/0983433593/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1330829070&sr=8-1

“Darkly Dreaming in Black Waters” appears in Night Terrors II from Blood Bound Books.  You can see it here: http://www.amazon.com/Night-Terrors-II-Anthology-Horror/dp/098454089X/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_9

My short story collection Twilight Temptations is now available on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Twilight-Temptations-Tales-Desire-Magic/dp/1468130811/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_4

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