For the past ten years I’ve been writing stories.
Technically, I’ve been writing longer than that; the first “thing” I ever wrote was an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. I think that was in 1993. I know it featured the Enterprise being damaged by a rogue asteroid or some such and Data having to plug-in to the ship’s main computer to keep it operational until repairs could be made. If I recall, the asteroid had a symbiotic lifeform attached to it, which seeped into the ship (and, therefore, into Data), fusing the three together. This sounds like a very complicated story but the whole thing was written with very large, third-grade lettering, on like two pages.
For the past ten years I’ve been writing longer stories.
It began when I read my then three-year old son a bedtime story. It was Dr. Seuss, just as my mother always read to me. After the story was over Jack wanted another one. I didn’t want to get out of the bed to go find one so I started free-styling a rhyme. After about four lines I realized I had something worth putting to paper. Naturally I left my son in a lurch and ran to my computer to write it down. An hour later, I had the first draft of a children’s story/poem completed: One Halloween Evening.
The ideas poured out of me after that.
Several more children’s stories/poems followed, and then came the short stories. For a while I was writing four or five a week, knocking them out in the evenings after Jack went to sleep. The more I wrote the more ideas I had, from fairy tales, to science fiction, to outlandish fantasy tales. One nagging idea was based around the legends of King Arthur. I finally got around to putting that one on paper last year (it was a single story that become three before becoming six).
Along the way my work as a preacher kept me busy and occupied the bulk of my time. Teaching a weekly Bible class meant daily study and preparation; I often ended up writing more material than I could teach. Compiling and editing my notes into book-form was the next logical step. In 2013 I finished my first “notes on the Bible” commentary: And Now For Something Completely Better (a study of the Book of Hebrews). Six years later I have almost finished the New Testament (I’m working on a combined study of Matthew,Mark, and Luke this year, and hopefully will finish with Acts next year).
Ten years after leaving my first-born crying in disappointment (not the last time that ever happened), I now have several books finished and several more on the way. If you’re interested in reading them, you can find them all here.
below are my books, at least as of today…
that sounds like the start of a poem, so…yay?
A retelling of the Arthur legend, told in six parts. I was inspired, in part, by the six Lord of the Rings books, and how the last four tell their stories from two different venues (in books four and five we follow Frodo and the ring, in books three and six we follow Aragorn and the remnants of the Fellowship).
I too wanted to tell a story told from different perspectives, although unlike in LOTR, in the Kingdom of Arthur books only the characters change, not the setting; the reader may follow Arthur as he makes his way through an area in one book, only to later revisit the previous story in the next book, seeing things through the eyes of the antagonist. It’s a unique way of telling the tale, I think, and one that allows the reader to understand not only the hero’s point of view, but his mortal enemy’s as well.
Shorts in the vein of the classic tales of past generations. Greats like Asimov, Bradbury, Ellison, and Heinlein authored many of the best short-stories ever put to print. My works don’t compare to theirs (few do) but they are inspired by them. My shorts vary wildly in tone and setting but they are all quick reads, high-concept in idea, and end with some kind of a moral or twist; on that note inspiration came from one of the greatest science-fiction minds, Rod Serling, whose Twilight Zone episodes almost always had a finale that smacked you in the face.
A trio of tales, loosely linked, each sharing two common elements: There are zombies, and none of it is taken very seriously. The first story is set in 2083, the second in 1912, and the third travels through time from 1942 to 1899. The opening story is out now, GZA: Geriatric Zombie Apocalypse.
GZA tells of a nursing home overrun by a mindless horde of flesh-eating monsters. There are many zombie stories out there, set in shopping malls, small towns, big cities, etc. I’ve never read one in a nursing home, where the heroes tasked with ridding themselves of the menace are also forced to contend with back spasms, trouble hearing, and trick hips.
The final two books in the series are due later this year.
Verse-by-Verse walk-throughs using the King James Bible as a guide. One of the most common criticisms against the Bible is that it’s a Book that can’t be understood or that it’s too ancient and antiquated to be relevant anymore. I disagree with both assessments. The Bible can be understood and its Message is just as touching today as it was two-thousand years ago. Sometimes we just need a little help understanding it. My commentaries aren’t the most in-depth you’ll ever read, but they are great beginning points for someone looking to learn more about the Book of Books.