Fiction that explores the monsters and strangers among us.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Shark Tank coming 9/19/2018

Want to attend a live "shark tank?" (Sorry, not the TV show, but one sponsored by the University of Illinois suburban Chicago alumni club. I'll be pitching for Iron Layer Security (Very slow fast ball, sloppy curve and hope the slider slides). Should be more than a $Billion in investment represented by the judges. Fun to watch, especially my pitch. Tickets at

While we're on the subject of fiction, have you read Snpgrdxz and the Time Monsters yet? Fun, romance and monsters. Who could ask for more? Oh yes, fast-paced, quick read, can't put it down thriller. Think Scary Humor here.

Monday, August 13, 2018

How Do Writers Use Joseph Campbell's Monomyth to Write a Novel?

I will teach a Sunday School class this coming Sunday, August 19th, at the Congregational Church of Batavia. Service begins at 9:30. Sunday School at 11 am. Click here for more info on the church.

Join me as I review how writers use the monomyth or hero's journey to assist in writing a novel. I'll cover how this detailed plot device aides in outlining, writing and editing a story.

According to an entry on Wikipedia, "...the monomyth, or the hero's journey, is the common template of a broad category of tales that involve a hero who goes on an adventure, and in a decisive crisis wins a victory, and then comes home changed or transformed."

Examples of monomyth include Star Wars Episode 4 and The Lord of the Rings.

Speaking of monomyths, pick up a copy of Snpgrdxz and the Time Monsters.