Inspiration for Black and White and the USMC
Nov10

Inspiration for Black and White and the USMC

It has been quite a while, but I’ve been a busy bee. Thank you all for your kind emails and words of encouragement regarding the editing of Black and White. Things are progressing, but in relation to why there’s been no update, I wanted to share a few things. As many of you know I am the Chief Operations Officer for Ryan’s Project, a non-profit organization that aims to fulfill the last wish of my late friend Ryan...

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Destructive perfectionism at its finest
Oct21

Destructive perfectionism at its finest

“Why don’t you let us see and make suggestions? And don’t stress over that, that only will help to strengthen that block, believe me I would know! The more you look at it, the more you’ll hate it.” – Karla Gonzalez Lutteroth, B&W critic and wise woman This update comes late because I, the perpetual perfectionist, have spent 26 hours this week editing/finessing/wordsmithing/destroying Chapter...

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Editing/Publishing Update
Oct05

Editing/Publishing Update

As posted on the Black and White Facebook page… Hi all! So… I just wanted to say hello and thank everyone for their private messages, emails and posts on the page these past few months. This last year has been incredible, but things are now in a great place to resume the final edits for Black and White pretty soon. I have officially removed the draft from the shelf and committed to a professional editing schedule. As of...

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Prologue Excerpt: Simplex Verum

A man can be himself only so long as he is alone. – Arthur Schopenhauer The problem with having problems is that ‘someone’ always has it worse. Feeling sorry for yourself isn’t possible when faced with the realities of others’ situations. I had my own battles with demons, true. I had nightmares that left me angry and breathless. My body had been burned and scarred. I had my issues and my struggles. But I had my legs....

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Chapter 1 Excerpt: Reprieves

This is my favorite scene from this chapter. A young Jason hunts with his grandfather, killing his first deer. When Jason becomes overwhelmed by the enormity of killing for the first time, his grandfather (a WWII veteran) shares with him his wisdom regarding life, death and human nature that he treasures into adulthood. Please note, this scene is unedited: The humid wind whipped past my face, rustling my hair and the trees, carrying...

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Chapter 3 Excerpt: Expectations

I have included below an excerpt from the revised Chapter 3: Expectations. This excerpt explains why the main character Jason chose to reject his father’s hopes he would join his firm as an investment banker and follow in his grandfather’s (WWII Guadalcanal veteran) footsteps to the Marine Corps; a decision he reflects upon with fondness, pride and sacred value: I had been in my math class when the teacher said five words I’ll never...

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