Beneath the Broken Moon excerpt

Gnolls… never underestimate Gnolls. Especially after the apocalypse.  

Let’s get our head on straight about this

This ‘Sin’ issue, I mean. This article below prompted a long-standing theological issue to surface yet again. https://www.dailywire.com/news/39037/listen-popular-christian-singer-lauren-daigle-not-amanda-prestigiacomo?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=062316-news&utm_campaign=benshapiro Basically a nice young Christian music celebrity can’t say for certain if a practice – homosexuality in this case – is a ‘sin’ on a TV talk show. Not real news, right? There’s been a lot of hedging, loads of waffle and mince on this one lately, so this can’t be a huge shock. So… she can’t? She won’t? Is our poor celebrity cowed by secular pressure? Choosing the ‘fear of Man’ over the… Read More

A Prayer to Saint Strelok

  There is more fiction in the pipeline but my latest short story is now available at Amazon. For those familiar with the STALKER or METRO 2033 video games, this should feel familiar – like the worn stock on your trusty AK-47, or the snug, sweat-soaked bands on your respirator. Release date is 16 December. You can pre-order now if you like. Enjoy and Spasibo. A Prayer to Saint Strelok

Some cover art

  I write all the time but NaNoWriMo has been good for something this go around.  

Three Quick Thoughts on Writing

It’s work. No getting around this. I get flowing with inspiration but most of the time you’ve got to take a deep breath, dive in and trust inspiration to follow. Writing begets writing. Anything worth doing is worth the time and effort to do well. Step back. Take a breather, fine. But don’t give up. Keep your butt in the chair. The field is overwhelmingly crowded. It’s up to what, a million books published per year in the US now? 2/3rds of those are indie/self published. So 8,760 hours in a year, that’s… Read More

Not Beautiful. Just terrible.

Another excerpt from Beneath the Broken Moon. Book One of the upcoming post-apocalyptic fantasy, Shattered Worlds, by Patrick Todoroff.  

A fragment of the Shattered Worlds

Shattered World’s excerpt

Eresh’s Chimney looked like a mud castle made by a giant. A mish-mash of crude bricks, rough boulders, and hewn beams the thickness of tree trunks, the spire gnarled its way skyward, knobby, crooked, and enormous. There was a single entrance at the ground level, two massive doors of stone. They were  the color of storm clouds and seemed to take forever to open. The sun had started its drop toward the western edge of the horizon when Levi, Gibs and Addas watched Snat delicately unwrap a leather bundle of long wire… Read More

Back at it.

Been a while here. The last three months have been crammed with work deadlines, disability/health issues, the birth of grandchild number 4, writing-related adjustments, plus the usual Real Life grind, and in all that, writing and blogging were put on the back burner on Low. Real low. I apologize to any of you who glanced this way for new work or posts. Certainly don’t mean to disappoint folks who are kind enough to spend time here or with my work. Apologies to Dave Alderman in specific: my promised read and review fell… Read More

Calibrating the writing process

A couple points I need to remind myself of when things are flying everywhere and I bog down trying to cram too much in too little space/ time. I have three modes to my writing process: Strip Mining, Assembly, and Polishing. It’s all “Writing”, but they are very different from each other and require different parts of my brain. I can’t do two simultaneously. Stop trying. Accept what mode I’m in. Embrace it even. At this point, the only deadlines I have are the ones I set. They can be extended. Remember… Read More