Category Archives: Personal Posts

Writing Catholic Romance

My new book, Honor At Stake, is officially posted as a vampire romance.  I’ve obviously done romance before, but mostly as a subplot in the books I’ve written. With Codename: Winterborn, for example, there were two love plots going on. … Continue reading

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That Day in September – a New Yorker remembers 9-11

Remember, remember that day in September, Airplanes and Terror and plot I see no error in thinking that terror Should never be forgot.** You know what today is.

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Writing Catholic Vampires

The other day, I mentioned how I made Honor At Stake (OUT THIS TUESDAY, SEPT 1) a book out of Buffy-inspired fan fiction. But how does one do that? In the beginning … get the vampire lore down.  How does it work? … Continue reading

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Honor At Stake, Sept 1

And now, for a page from the “self promotion file.” My vampire novel, Honor At Stake,  is coming out on September first of this year. It’s the vampire novel with Catholic philosophy and metaphysics, jammed together with every traditional myth about vampires, … Continue reading

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Touch One Life

Ever have that one awesome favorite that is nothing like anything else you like of the same type? That’s me and the Cruxshadows. The Cruxshadows are a darkwave band. If you don’t know what that is, just think “goth”; the … Continue reading

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Of The Many Reasons I Don’t Blog a Lot

Call them reasons. Call them excuses. But there are several issues that keep me from blogging a lot, from the full-time writing job for Top Ten Reviews (which is awesome fun, especially lately), balancing the social marketing and interaction for … Continue reading

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Independence Day Short Stories

Liberty Island (a right-wing entertainment website and publisher) occasionally sponsors short fiction contests. The most recent was their “July 4th Blockbuster Fiction Contest.” Why is this relevant, aside from the fact that today is July 4th? Well, you can read … Continue reading

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Sacred Heart of Darkness

Why can’t I kill someone? No, seriously, why not? Oh, look, this guy is bullying my kid / my friend / hurt someone I care about.  Why can’t I just go up to him and shove him into traffic? Why … Continue reading

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A Look Inside Depression

Depression is one of those topics that people usually either don’t get or don’t want to talk about. If you haven’t experienced it, well, you don’t get it. Not really. And if you have experienced it, you tend not to want … Continue reading

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Love Among the Wheelchairs

There are two things you should know to put this post in context. First, I’m handicapped; I have fibromyalgia and use a cane and wheelchair to get around. In fact, I’m coming up on my 10th anniversary of getting my … Continue reading

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Memorial Day: Bedroom Eyes

I wrote this story for Liberty Island’s Memorial Day short story contest in memory of my grandfather, T/Sgt. Lewis Forbes Smith, and the crew of his B29, Bedroom Eyes. I am pleased to say that it received one of the … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday to One of Our Own

Everyone, join us in conviviality! The Catholic Geeks’ own Lori Janeski, the Organist Most Texan, Queen of the Fisk, and Empress Lorraine the Brobdingnagian of Fishkill St. Wednesday (don’t ask) celebrates her birthday this day!

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