Friday, March 23, 2018

Ten Tiny Toes: the board book

I'm going to make this a long entry, so bear with me.

The board book version of Ten Tiny Toes came out this week. I'm happy.

It will probably always be the book that means the most to me, because it's about watching Samuel and Ethan grow up. That has been the best thing about my life. I would have a hard time coming up with a #2.

We watch life go by so quickly--crap, am I really 55? Nothing has changed me like fatherhood. Nothing has made me take a deep breath and feel not so frightened by growing old and dying. When you become a parent you're no longer the center of the universe.

That's very freeing.

Did you know that the water we drink is the same water that the dinosaurs drank? It's just been recycled from generation to generation. I think love is like that. You don't own it, you don't use it up. You just let it flow through you and pass it down from one generation to the next, and it keeps the world spinning.

Many things in my life have changed since I wrote this book.

My conception of love hasn't changed.

We all grow old and die. That's life on Planet Earth. If we're really, really lucky, we receive love from those who raised us, and we pass love along to those we raise. All of our angst and self-absorption over personal accomplishments, wealth, or eternal youth are just rearranging deck chairs. It's not really about us at all. We're just the conduits for DNA and love.

That's the moral of Ten Tiny Toes.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Samuel is home :)

I heard his voice late Friday night, and suddenly there he was in my bedroom! Home for a week-long Spring Break. What a nice surprise.

Saturday night we went to Mighty Quinn for BBQ, followed by donuts at The Donut Pub.

There is nothing like BBQ, donuts, and love.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Dear Samuel and Ethan

Love is good.

Don't give up on it.

Don't be cynical about it.

Don't worry about getting hurt.

Embrace it.

Work at it.

Be grateful for it.

Pass it on.

Sunday, February 25, 2018


I've already posted five pics of my trip on Facebook. Everyone is like, yeah, we get it, you went to Cayman.

Oh, but I have more.

Everything you need to know:

1. The sand is powdery.

2. The water is calm and clear.

3. My traveling companion is kind, silly, and adventurous.

4. Cars drive on the wrong side of the road, my steering wheel is on the wrong side of my car, and I keep accidentally turning on my windshield wipers every time I try to use my turn signal.

5. I still have to work on weekdays. I just don't take pics of that.

6. I've been happy in my life, and I've been sad. Happy is better.

7. Ethan and Bailey do not miss me. (But I miss them.)

8. Yes, I am the man.

Monday, February 19, 2018

The latest

The cover art for How to Become a Knight is done. Pub date is August 7. Here's a link to the blurb on the publisher's site.

I'm actually way behind on my writing, so I don't want to get lulled into a false sense of progress--everything coming out in 2018-19 was written three years ago. I have to keep feeding the pipeline with new manuscripts or there will be nothing in 2020!

In the meantime, Samuel is home for the long weekend. It's nice having an apartment full of boys (including Bailey).

Last but not least, Jo and I are going to Cayman later this week--tacking a weekend mini-vacation onto a business trip.

Now let's see if I can spend the next two hours writing something!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Wednesday, February 7, 2018


I know, I look like I'm in a magazine ad for cholesterol medication.

But we had fun.