It Is What It Is

What you’ll see below, and in the future, are a mix of Posts from the original It Is What It Is blog that ran from 2011 to 2017, along with new Posts representing my current life and where I am as a Writer today. I’ve removed many of the original Post but kept some that I thought you would find interesting. Every couple of weeks I’ll post either one of the original Blog Post, revised and updated, or a brand-new Post. I hope you enjoy following along with my adventure and maybe even learn a thing or two. I would appreciate any comments on the Posts that you feel inclined to share.

November 2022

Meet Willow

Originally Posted in December 2011. Discovering Willow was probably one of the most profound moments in my writing life. I didn’t realize it at the time, but without her I don’t think I would have ever published my first novel.  I want to introduce you to Willow, but after that I also wanted to tell you about an experience I recently had and how it relates to why I want to write novels. So who […]

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Dragon Tales: The Trouble with Willoe

This was a scene that had been cut from early in Fire of the Covenant, though I always thought it helped to understand Willoe and Rowyn’s personalities and their relationship. It also gives some insight into Willoe’s nature and why she constantly ran afoul of her grandfather and many others. The sound of boots echoed on the stone floor, and Willoe looked up as her twin, Rowyn, approached; a book tucked under his arm. The

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Dragon Tales: Kindred Uncloaked

“Lieutenant Harte,” the captain snapped. “Yes, Captain.” Until two days ago, Harte had never met the captain who led the crown prince’s escort for this hunting expedition. Why Harte had been assigned to the escort at the last moment still bewildered him. Regardless, it had quickly become apparent the captain had some sort of grudge against him. Harte sighed and hoped no one saw, then quickly moved to comply, and took a position behind Crown

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Dragon Tales: A Rich Man’s Son

It was well after dark, and Ifan Glyn hurried home while the unusually windy night did its best to make him even later. Father would surely be angry. It was the second time this week. But the light! It had been a burning orb that radiated a brightness that should have seared his eyes, but he couldn’t turn away and stared wide-eyed into the blinding glow. When it had faded his eyes were not burned—not even lingering spots or

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Dragon Tales: The Unworthy Priest

The sun beat down and he scooted further back on the stone slab under the hanging limbs of the lone Whisper Glen that grew behind the rock. Like the outlandish tree, Gened-Jin was a curiosity in the southern lands of Avanis. He rested against the twisted trunk and enjoyed the rough surface. It was familiar and felt real, unlike the events ensuing from the message that had been received from the Master himself, from the

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Ashes of the Dragon: Fire of the Covenant Excerpt

Below is an excerpt from Fire of the Covenant, the first book in the Dragon-Called series. One of the twins, Willoe, and her cousin Casandra flee from a banquet. They make their way to a deserted courtyard where a blinding light appears, and they are confronted by a lady in white riding a golden dragon. Day 25Willoe: Visitation   A shimmering light continued to flicker around the shining woman and dragon as Willoe heard a soft,

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