For the first sixteen years of his life, Prince Jasper has revered the stranger who saved them from destruction thirty years prior, a man known only as the Guide. But he’s afraid of his buried thoughts and burning questions. Have his parents and the Guide lied to him? He voices his concerns and is instantly shunned by everyone he loves.
The Sexual Dysfunctions of Planet Zeronius
One night while lamenting my stack of rejections from contests, agents, and publishers, I had a thought. What if a struggling, unknown writer was notified they had won an inter-galactic writing contest?
This story has been updated with the new version. It won a Silver Honorable Mention in the Writer's of the Future contest (in 2015). I've always been intrigued with this quote by Friedrich Nietzsche: "What we experience in dreams -- assuming that we experience it often -- belongs in the end just as much to the over-all economy of our soul as anything experienced..." I made me wonder, If somebody dreamed a full, vivid lifetime in one night, how would it change them? Few four letter words in this one, nothing you wouldn't hear in a PG-13 movie though.
The Barbarian and the Butcher
A father raises his son in solitude to keep him safe from the ignorant fear of the townsfolk. The last thing he needed was his young barbarian unwillingly destroying an entire village. He teaches Broan how to manage his red hot temper and appears successful. But a dark twist of fate tempts the monster to break free for vengeance. Can Broan save his humanity or will he let loose the savage?
A young child struggles with depression and the impact it has on everyone around him. The desperate villagers take him to a wise sage to ask for relief from the darkness.
It can be so easy to judge the cultures and beliefs of others as barbaric or ignorant. So I tried to come up with one of the most repulsive things I could think of and make it cherished.
A Tale of Two Trees
This is a short story that I intended to be a children's picture book. Two trees search for happiness and meaning as their lives follow different paths. Competition, compassion, and At the end of the story, I have provided information behind the self esteem and parenting philosophies that I used in the plot and character development.
My buddy, Mike, and I took our motorcycles and traveled 6,800 miles on a crazy Alaska Adventure. We saw over 30 bears, 10 or so whales, a handful of sea lions, puffins, porpoise, 3 moose, and 3 caribou. We watched (and heard the thunder of) several tons of ice crash into the ocean off a 600 foot high glacier. We stood on ice 4,000 feet thick at 8,000 feet on the tallest mountain in North America. We rode and camped in sun, rain, heavy fog, wind, rain, and more rain. We explored pavement, dirt, rocks, gravel, and mud as slick as ice. It's all here for you to read about.
Alaska on Motorcycles
Mikayla and I rented a car and spent two weeks driving up and down mountains in Greece. We asked questions of the Oracle, went scuba diving on the island of Corfu, and explored many ancient cities as we learned about Greek history and mythology.
Greece with Mikayla
In 2009, my 18 year old daughter, Aubree, and I took our backpacks and train passes to Europe. For two weeks we hiked and rode trains from Rome to Barcelona. Without advance reservations or a set itinerary, we drifted anywhere the wind carried us (which one night meant we were homeless and slept on a sidewalk in France).
Italy, France, and Spain with Aubree
This is the first entry of the trip I took with my 14 year old son, Curtis, to South Africa in 2008. We rented a car and explored the Kruger Park, camped in the bush with two rangers (where during our hikes we were charged by an elephant and saw all manner of wildlife, including lions). We also spent a couple of days in a private game reserve and wrapped up our trip in Johannesburg and Soweto.
South Africa with Curtis