I write a lot, and if I'm being honest, not all of it goes anywhere.  The Sketch in My Notebook series is therefore the experimental part of this blog, the part where history, fiction, and mad science come together.  I can't promise that the projects here are necessarily going anywhere, but if you decide to try to jump into a story mid-stream, hopefully this section will make it a little easier to find the chapters that came before and figure out what's going on.

Worth Reading

These are posts *I* think are worth reading that aren't archived elsewhere.  They're mostly personal favorites rather than the most-read posts on this site.

A few Thoughts on Indie Publishing
Blog in Review: Top 10 Posts of 2016
What is up with all the fake boobs?
5 Things on a Friday: Rise of the "Know Nothings"
Writing Update: In Defense of Unrequited Love
Star Trek: Deconstructing Voyager

The Summer Reading List Project

Sketch in My Notebook
The Summer Reading List Project started in June 2016 and was intended as a one-off.  I read a lot of science fiction and especially fantasy fiction, and it can get a little repetitive.  I therefore asked some friends to help me expand my horizons.  They did so with gusto, and the resultant reading list is excellent.

The sequel, "West Point and its Graduates" was born a week later following a conversation on Twitter.  This time somebody else reached out looking for reading advice, and I--and others--answered.  I decided to expand this new list as a kind of blogging project, a few of my friends again got interested, and the result was another highly serviceable reading list.

Those two entries are archived below.  More will presumably follow in time.

Swim, Bike, Run, Live, Love, Repeat

I've been working on a memoir project about my swimming career and my family, working title: "Swim, Bike, Run, Live, Love, Repeat".  I'm not sure who's going to care about it, but even it becomes little more than family lore, I already feel like it's been more than worthwhile for me as a means of exploring my feelings about my family.  Selected excerpts from the project are linked below, if you want to see what's going on with it.

Memoir Excerpt: Recruiting Visit
Memoir Excerpt: Hannah's Birthday


I set most of my fantasy fiction in the mythical world of Wanderhaven, home to my family's D&D campaign.  This is also the setting for Sneakatara Boatman and the Priest of Loki.


A short story about Sneax set ten years after Sneakatara Boatman and the Priest of Loki.  There aren't any spoilers.  I merely got an idea for a story and decided to set in Wanderhaven.

Other Projects

The Person Next Door

This is Hannah's story using the Monomyth structure.  It's totally amazing.  I don't want to ruin it by describing it, though.

This was a one-shot comic project I wrote with a friend for a contest.  It's a gangland shoot-'em-up about the search for A.M.P., aka Amphetamine Methyl-Phencyclidine.  We didn't win.  But I really liked the way this story came out, and I've reused the concept of AMP a few times in a few different stories.  It's fully illustrated and greyscaled.  The file itself is a PDF.

The opening panel of "Russians".
This work-in-progress is a collection of poetry and a few very short pieces of fiction.  I've lost loads of my older writing, but what I have, I'd like to keep.  I'm therefore collecting it--here--and if you're interested, you  can check it out.  I won't guarantee that it's any good, but I figure that if I start now, maybe the girls can give copies away at my funeral.

The Return of Dr. Necropolis

"The Return of Dr. Necropolis" started out as an idea for a bit of smut in the style of Fifty Shades of Grey.  But then I started writing, and the first scene came together quite a bit differently on paper than it had looked in my fever-soaked brain.

Anyway, instead of porn, this is a story of frustration and revenge.  There might be some S&M eventually, if I ever get far enough along, but it's on the back-burner for now, so who knows?  After I finish "War Stories from Wanderhaven", we'll come back to this.  For now, take it for what it is and by all means, let me know what you think.

Chapter 1: Remembering Jaynie
Chapter 2: Titania
Chapter 3: The Owl
Chapter 4: I Know What You Did That Summer
Chapter 5: The Ice Queen
Chapter 5 (Part 2): The New Centurion
Chapter 6: Escape!
Chapter 7: September 4th, 1998
Chapter 8: The Bank in Brooklyn (Part 1)
Chapter 8: That Bank in Brooklyn (Part 2)
Chapter 9: Lost in New York (Part 1)
Chapter 9: Lost in New York (Part 2)
Chapter 10: The Other Shoe
Chapter 11: Safehouse (Part 1)
Chapter 11: Safehouse (Part 2)
Chapter 11: Safehouse (Part 3)
Chapter 12: Getting Away with It (Part 1)
Chapter 12: Getting Away with It (Part 2)
Chapter 13: Chasing Ghosts (Part 1)
Chapter 13: Chasing Ghosts (Part 2)
Chapter 13: Chasing Ghosts (Part 3)
Chapter 14: October 10, 2003
Chapter 15: Patterns of Behavior (Part 1)
Chapter 15: Patterns of Behavior (Part 2)


  1. This is the one I'll be reading next!

  2. Ok, I read the Centurion Six series last night. Enjoyed it very much. I think I felt familiar with Blaine & the Ice Queen having already read the other book, The Return of Dr. Necropolis. I'd have to say I liked the Dr. Necroplis one better, due the the interesting bad guy. Good premise to the series.

    Don't leave me hanging...hurry up and work on the stories.

    PS How was your "map my swim" swim?