I love my first tattoo, but others... not so much!
The week leading up to Soonercon was inspiring, and the con was incredible. This is why.
Announcing the Colonize Epiales audiobook release date and more.
I surprised readers with something unexpected and that was a mistake.
Celebrating my new blog on djpwrites with a contest!
gotAngst was perfect when I wrote Angst books. Now that I’ve moved on, it makes sense to rebrand my blog to djpwrites.
Colonize Epiales is now available on Amazon for both Kindle and Kindle Unlimited.
I'm excited to share the cover and blurb for my new novel, Colonize Epiales!
Watson's Worlds book 2 is done desipite more than a few challenges.
Are you thinking of selling your books at conventions and comicons? There are a few things you'll want to consider first...
You want to write and publish a book but you’re on a tight budget and software doesn’t come cheap? There are some great free writing apps for writers you can use right now.
My lovely and patient wife, Angie, had the incredible idea of using our daughter’s old room as a permanent YouTube studio.
When I told the folks at Soonercon I couldn’t be a vendor because of complications with Parkinson’s, they invited me to take part as a guest at panels. I told them to sign me up, but I wasn’t sure why.
Demicon in Des Moines, Iowa is always fun and this year we hosted our first room party!
I got to go on an amazing adventure to Las Vegas with my best friend, Cristi!
An observant visitor to my site recently commented on Facebook that the blog has been quiet for a while. He is right, because I've been up to something.
A very different take on Batman. I didn’t love the movie, but I’m glad Warner Bros. made it and this is why.
Entriss Online is available today on audiobook! Get your copy on Audible, Amazon and Apple.
Entriss Online, is being released as an audiobook through Audible.
My parents ingrained good habits in me, and one was asking my kids about their day. I always asked because I wanted to know, like my parents did.
I use these apps to plot, write and publish my books. Plottr, Scrivener, and Vellum.
Two apps I use to write are Things and Evernote.
My birthday sucked, my book might be cursed, but Tuesday was better.
We attempted to host a virtual reality virtual room party for a virtual convention.
In this new video I explain the benefits of hiring an editor.
I need to slow down and approach the next book like I always have. It has to mean something to me, so it can mean something to you.
A leaky pipe and a new partnership.
DJPWrites will be my new homepage and hub for all of my projects.
Some information about LitRPG, GameLit and Entriss Online.
Entriss Online is a LitRPG GameLit novel in the Watson's Worlds series.
I've been hard at work on the next book!
Break Through Writer's Block is the 2nd Believe in Your Story episode.
I'm shooting a new YouTube series to inspire writers!
Learn about my new youTube channel here!
I'm working full time at home and decided to remodel my office.
A new computer build for new technology - virtual reality!
Having fun with Virtual Reality at home.
Keeping in touch with friends and family during the COVID lockdowns.
A guest post from my lovely and patient wife, Angie.
Angie and I have been married since 1993, and she gets me more than anyone, especially my sense of humor.
I was never meant to have a bald spot, and neither was Angst.
Encouraging people to stay home and read during the COVID lockdowns.
Buried in Angst, the second novel in the Angst fantasy series is available now on audiobook.
My writing hiatus wasn't exactly a break
My final convention as a vendor was everything I could have asked for.
Friend, Family, Muse and more! Sarah is amazing and a lot of fun!
I made the mistake of saying I’m cutting back on some stuff in my life to take care of myself.
A handwritten letter from a reader was incredible, and then this happen.
This will be my last year attending cons as a vendor.
Dying with Angst is the fifth and final book in the Angst fantasy series.
See the cover and read the blurb for the 5th Angst novel.
An updates about the projects I've been working on.
You need to plan ahead for a satisfying series ending.
Some things that worked and others that didn't for my indiegogo campaign.
A few memories about my amazing Marching Band directors.
The Angst audiobook will be available soon!
I want to hire someone exceptional for the Angst audiobook, so I’m launching my first Indiegogo campaign.
All of my books are now available for free to Kindle Unlimited subscribers.
Dealing with the frustrations of Parkinson's Disease.
I’ve recently had the opportunity to visit several schools and talk about writing, and Clod Makes A Friend.
Clod Makes A Friend is a fantasy about how to deal with being bullied.
Clod Makes A Friend is available now on audiobook
Clod Makes a Friend is a fantasy novella for all ages.
I’m excited to share the book cover and blurb of my new Middle Grade fantasy novella, Clod Makes A Friend!
I share things that I love and didn't in 2017
I hit the tail end of a long to-do list today, and had to take a step back to reassess.
Angie always said (not very seriously) that she hated dogs, but it was to say no after Dad gifted it to the kids.
I left a part of my heart back at my alma mater in Madison, Wisconsin.
Some of the challenges I'm facing with Parkinson's Disease and writing progress.
I was diagnosed with Early Onset Parkinson's Disease. This is how I found out.
New book cover for Buried in Angst
I had the pleasure, and honor, of being a guest at Manticon 2017 in Minneapolis.
I think I'm addicted to cons and this is why!
While waiting for my editor to start on Burning with Angst I wrote my first novella.
Mike is a great friend and a valuable member of my Alpha Team!
This Visioncon went by in a flash, and there was a great surprise.
Failure doesn’t make you a loser, or a bad person – it’s the evolutionary step to success. I should know, I’ve failed a lot.
Book 4 in the Angst series, Burning with Angst, is now available!
Book cover and blurb for the 4th Angst novel: Burning with Angst
A fun Halloween party helped me remember what's important.
Becky has been one of my best friends for over 25 years! These are some of the reasons why.
There were many highlights, and a few bumps in this adventure, but overall I’d say Worldcon was a win.
Come visit our booth at Worldcon 74 - MidAmeriCon in Kansas City.
I'm not completely sure what to expect from Worldcon but I'm making an effort.
I let myself get older, but I’m not done and I refuse to age quietly. I’m aging loudly.
Check out the 2nd edition of Angst with a new cover!
I had an incredible time doing a photo shoot with my muses!
A family trip to New York for my son's graduation from Fordham University.
I tend to pack waaaay too much into my days of late, Demicon 27 couldn’t have come at a better time.
Matt and I have been friends since 2nd grade, and we have a few stories to tell.
I think a con passed by at light speed! I’m pretty sure that blur was my adventure at Visioncon 25!
Life threw a lot of extremes at me in 2015, and is every reason why I had some angst.
When I’m done writing a novel, I’m spent. So much so that I just want to walk away and never look at it again.
Some of the reasons why my best friend Cristi is amazing.
Today, I received a hand written letter from one of my readers.
I’m sitting here, staring at a shot glass, asking myself if it’s half full, or half empty.
My son was in town for a few weeks. His visit was the perfect excuse to hide, at first, but it became more than that.
Struggling with the tragic loss of a friend's daughter.
Brandon is one of my best friends and this is why.
Cristi and I attended our first SoonerCon and it was an overwhelming success. I couldn’t be happier, in spite of some challenges that we faced.
Drowning in Angst - Book 3 in the Angst series - is available now!
My son project began 21 years ago, and my daughter project started 17 years ago. There has been plenty of time to prepare for an empty nest.
The new cover and blurb for my fantasy novel Drowning in Angst
Hiring a cover artist from 99Designs.
I enjoiyed a rare opportunity to meet with the whole team to discuss my next book.
I don't love outlining, but it can help keep track of mutliple plotlines.
A good man passed away and he deserves a moment.
Armadillocon is a literary convention for networking that shouldn't have a dealer's room.
A brief update on when you can expect the 3rd Angst book.
My sincere thanks to everyone who makes Demicon happen and allowing me to participate.
These are the some of the things I do to get through my writer's block.
If you haven’t been to this con, I highly recommend you put Visioncon on your list.
After watching my Facebook Look Back video, I wondered what a Look Forward video might look like.
I wanted to do more than bring a stack of books. That meant if I was attending cons we needed costumes!
There I was working hard to complete the rough draft of Buried in Angst and BAM! 2013!
Why it's so important to find your audience.
A good sequel can provide the meat and potatoes to that origin story.
A reader asked if her name could be included in the sequel. I thought it was a great idea!
Angst reached the mid-80s in the top 100 for both Epic Fantasy and Sword and Sorcery.
When I don't write, I take advantage of that down time to do a lot of marketing.
Angie and I had the pleasure of attending OSFest 6 in Omaha, NE
An old friend messaged that he loved my first fantasy novel Angst. My reaction was, of course, gratitude, and I asked him to leave a review.
A map of Ehrde is now included in all ebook and print versions of Angst.
Everyone loves “Man of Steel”, and everyone hates “Man of Steel”, for completely different reasons.
If I could bottle up ConQuesT and take a sip every Monday, my weeks would be filled with dragons, lasers, aliens, and everything else fantastical
Buried in Angst, the second book in the Angst fantasy series now available.
Buried in Angst - book 2 in the Angst series is now available for purchase.
We had a great time at Demicon and Buried in Angst is live!
Read the blurb and see the cover for my new book Buried in Angst
A quick update about cons and a fun book cover teaser!
I’m excited to be working with two very talented people for my upcoming book. A new cover artist and a new editor.
Our first Visioncon was so much more than I had expected!
The Buried in Angst rough draft is now complete. The sequel to my fantasy novel, Angst, weighs in at about 130,000 words.
I am excited to announce that Cristi will be my new spokesmodel at Science Fiction and Fantasy Conventions this year.
Trying isn't easy and you may have to face failure, but if you don't try it will never happen.
So…I may have written two books by accident. It’s not terrible, as accidents go, but I’m sort of beside myself.
ConX was a fun convention. It was a reminder that attending conventions isn’t just about book sales. I had the pleasure of meeting several people who review books – and recently got an awesome review by @CapeRust on geek-life – be sure to check it out here. Cookies I also got
Making a few changes to be more productive.
It’s always the ending of a book that made me hate putting down great stories.
The Dark Knight films by Christopher Nolan have been great, but it's time to wrap them up.
The first convention I attended was ConQuesT in Kansas City
A visit to Spectrum Fantastic Art Live in Kansas City!
“Someone once told me that time was a predator that stalked us all our lives, but I rather believe that time is a companion" -Jean Luc Picard, Star Trek: Generations
The 2nd cover (but not the last) for my first fantasy novel, Angst.
There are a lot of things I’m bad at, starting with patience. My patience for finishing the sequel to Angst is running out; it’s enough to turn my hair grey. (Oh…wait) The book is coming along well and I’m enjoying the story, but life needs to
Part two of the music I listen to while writing!
A list of music I listen to while writing. Part one of two.
I'm inspired by great cosplay at Naka-kon in Overland Park, KS.
They say that pain can sometimes help clarify your thoughts. Nope! I disagree completely. After spending 3 hours in the ER last night with great amounts of pain due to a kidney stone half the size of a dime, the only thing clear to me was how much I hurt.
I’ve been playing video games for years…a lot of years. I’m not an amazing gamer. I certainly don’t have those twitchy reflexes of a 20-year-old, but I’m an enthusiast. To me, gaming has always been a social thing. I put on the headset, grab a
Angie got pretty upset recently when editing a chapter. It was both great and awful.
I have always thought that the best stories have an arc – one that was conceptualized before the first word was written.
I was recently asked in a Twitter PM what I do for a living. “Um, I live off the success of my first self-published novel Angst. You believe that, right?” Well, no, not really. I would love nothing more than to spend all of my time writing Angst books and
A fun casting call for actors I'd like to see in an Angst film.
It's okay if you write just one good sentence a day. Progress, any progress, counts.
Map of Ehrde from the Angst series of fantasy novels.
One of the best decision I made while writing Angst was to share early drafts.
I couldn't ask for a better first review of my fantasy novel, Angst.
Angst is the first book in the Angst fantasy series.