I Hope You Fail at Moving

I Hope You Fail at Moving

Tweet Rather, I want you to tell me how you managed to do it. Because I’m kind of stumped by the concept. I was catching up with Zoe Winters (who posted a guest blog by yours truly yesterday) a while back. The conversation consisted of the usual nonsensical banter. I asked where in the twitterverse she’d been, as she had been silent for a good while. On vacation and moving, she said. Without thinking, I responded that I hoped both were successful. In re-reading that sentence, something felt kind of weird. And then she called me out on it. “I don’t understand an unsuccessful move. How can you move unsuccessfully? Doesn’t seem like something you could fail at… it just lets me know how freakishly goal oriented we are in America...

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Love your Dang Mother

Love your Dang Mother

Tweet Seriously. You need to love your dang mother. And I mean it. Mine is really rad, and I love her a lot. The difficult part about living in Africa (save being so desperately far away from cheeseburgers) is that I haven’t seen my mom in a year. That sucks. I have two very important women in my life: my mom and my little sister. They live thousands of miles away from me. This makes it difficult to show them how much I love them, save through Gtalk and the occasional Facebook post. Sometimes we even manage to overcome the dreaded time difference barrier and make a phone call happen. Well, the other night I was laying up in bed thinking about my mom. She has parkinson’s disease and it’s kind of been weighing on me lately. I’m an out of...

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Tomb of the Relequim

Tomb of the Relequim

Tweet The second installment of the Vitalis Chronicels trilogy is coming. In fact, it’s currently being read by my select reading group. Who is this elite circle of wonder-people, you might be asking? They’re people who loved White Shores but weren’t afraid to give me harsh criticism on its first draft. People that helped make it better. Helped make me better. And now they’re making my second book better. This is just a teaser cover for the Kindle version. Marjolein is working on the real cover as we speak, and it’s going to be epic. And just to increase the level of tease, I’m going to include a part of chapter 13 in this post. Give me some grace, it’s the first draft after all. And it’s subject to change (though...

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Ebola is Hilarious (yes the disease)

Ebola is Hilarious (yes the disease)

Tweet In the right contexts, Ebola, like all things, is hilarious. In the wrong context, if you actually contract Ebola for example, it’s not funny at all. Thankfully for us, it’s a disease that you would find listed under the definition of “rare.” Unless you’re hanging out in the Congo, the odds of catching it are next to zero. Even if you are hanging out in the Congo, the odds are in the same neighborhood. Granted the odds of contracting its nasty cousin, Marburg’s Disease, are pretty good in comparison. But let’s not dwell on the unpleasant aspects of a disease that kills you in a matter of days. Let’s dwell on the silver lining. What silver lining you might ask? How could you take a disease that liquifies your...

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White Shores in Rome

White Shores in Rome

Tweet Who doesn’t love Rome? OK, aside from Carthage, who doesn’t love Rome? It’s a magnificent city filled with history and ruins and guys pretending to be gladiators. Personally I love Italy, and Rome is a blast. When I swung through the city to whom all roads led, I found a number of people enjoying White Shores. And I must say, what better place to read it than surrounded by the fantasies provided by history itself? I mean, aside from Paris of course. If you’re looking for less photos and more cartoons (and more laughs) check out my post on ten reasons to hate moths. There are plenty more to be sure, but this should cover it well enough for you. And if you want to get your hands on your own copy of White Shores, now is your...

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