Friday, April 27, 2018

The three "theres"

I don't usually write tutorials or critiques (although I did write a post called Creating an Alien Language for your Manuscript), but the other day I was fighting with someone on a web forum (I like fighting. It's fun!), and someone corrected a poster, stating that the person had incorrectly said "their" when it should have been "they're".

In essence, the line read "they already have their tickets." Possessive - tickets that belong to "them."

However, the responder said it should have been written, "they already have they're tickets."

Ooof. My pet peeve. The three "theres"

Look, it's all very simple. There are three words that sound exactly the same but are used differently.

"There" has many forms (data from

in or at that place (opposed to here ):
She is there now.
at that point in an action, speech, etc.:
He stopped there for applause.
in that matter, particular, or respect:
His anger was justified there.
into or to that place; thither:
We went there last year.
(used by way of calling attention to something or someone):
There they go.
in or at that place where you are:
Well, hi there.

(used to introduce a sentence or clause in which the verb comes before its subject or has no complement):
There is no hope.
that place:
He comes from there, too.
that point.

that state or condition:
I'll introduce you to her, but you're on your own from there on.
(used for emphasis, especially after a noun modified by a demonstrative adjective):
Ask that man there.
(used to express satisfaction, relief, encouragement, approval, consolation, etc.):
There! It's done.



a form of the possessive case of they used as an attributive adjective, before a noun:
their home; their rights as citizens; their departure for Rome.
(used with a singular indefinite pronoun or singular noun antecedent in place of the definite masculine his or the definite feminine her):
Someone left their book on the table. It's good for the teacher to have high expectations for their students.


“They’re” is the contracted form of “They are”; the third-person plural, present tense conjugation of the verb “to be”.

They’re (they are) going to the store.

And now you know

Next week we'll be discussing proper dinner table etiquette when serving White Castle sliders at a black tie event.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

How to NOT Die in Post- Apocalyptic Hollywood

Revisiting the fantastic, yet decimated world of Alternative Earth from LIVES OF LOST ANGELS, we again meet up with clean leader Dons, Adam the fake mage, neko sisters Minnie and Cassandra, and Lennie and Jelly, the vampire musician couple. We are also introduced to a new protagonist in The Prīmulī Prophecies - Kam Andreessen - just a normal, everyman who never quite gets the girl. But that's all about to change.
If he doesn't get killed first, that is...

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Short Story Anthology now online

THE COMPENDIUM OF IMAGINARY STARS is now available at SMASHWORDS, and will soon be distributed by iBooks, Barnes and Noble and more.

A small collection of short stories by yours truly, these were originally published by OMNI Magazine (before they became a penny-blog and then changed their name).

Check this short read out.

Best of all, it's free!


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

LILI G #2 first draft

Well, I recently finished the first draft of LILI G #2, a.k.a. LILI G : YGGDRASIL.

Why YGGDRASIL? That's the name of the mythical tree from Norse cosmology that connects the nine realms.

In Lili's universe, Yggdrasil is the name given to an object, usually in the form of a tree, that exists on every world. Its purpose is to enable an injured Primulus to escape and return to THE HUB. Another feature also enables a Primulus to go to any point in space/time without their ghanlo.

The blurb goes as follows:

Lili Gatto starts her second year at Saint Mary's, but in her very first class she sees someone who shouldn't even be on her planet, let alone first period English. Later, she gets a very special pet, reluctantly joins the soccer team and vacations in the land of her birth.

However, she learns about Yggdrasil, the tree found on every planet in the universe. It allows a stranded Primulus to travel through space/time without the aid of their ghanlo.

Lili uses the tree (of course), with some unintended consequences. Now she must find a way to restore her timeline or run the risk of losing her family and friends forever.

This story delves into new territory, not limited to travel through space/time, but also adolescent maturity, teen angst and crushes becoming something more.

I'm sure you'll like it.

Thursday, December 29, 2016



So, if you are a true fan of VIKINGS, you will notice that Ragnar died in a pit of snakes, much like how he died (supposedly) in real life.

But seriously, he needed to die. It was time.

Besides, he was just too fucking weird. Maybe too much time in the wilderness? And what writer's bullshit is this? We never find out where the Hell he was? Bad writers. Bad!

Maybe some other woman will show up with a slew of Ragnar-bred pups and claim he was the king of yet another location? Or maybe he was a smelly old vagrant over in Norway?

Who knows.

In any case, this character was only supposed to last one season. Well done, Travis. Well done.


P.S. Aslaug is dead. Good. I always hated that character. Lagertha rocks.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Progress Updates

I have been taking a break, mostly due to the quantities of family that have been in town for the holidays. However, I have been editing and polishing a bit here and there, so when I jump back into LILI G MUST DIE it will be, flat-out the best YA scifi/fantasy novel of the year (if not ever).

So be patient, friends. It is coming. Soon