The Unexplained: Aswang

Vampiric creatures are nothing more than legends from a time when people were superstitious and modern science didn’t exist, right?  Yet, in the Philippines, there are supposedly shape-shifting creatures that terrorize the community by feeding off their blood. The term “aswang” doesn’t refer to one entity but a wide array of them.  If there is... Continue Reading →

The Unexplained: Werewolves Pt. 2

*The Unexplained is a weekly series documenting strange and unusual phenomenon that inspire my writing. Last week we explored a few select cases of allegedly real werewolves.  There are reports from both the past and the present that account sightings of real wolf-like creatures who walk on two legs and have human-like qualities. All around... Continue Reading →

The Power of Nature

There was a time in my life when I didn’t appreciate nature.  I grew up in Minnesota, and sometimes my family would take drives further north to look at the scenery and frankly, I was bored silly.  I didn’t get the appeal of looking at pines and lakes.  Then I entered the first years of... Continue Reading →

The Unexplained: Winchester Mansion

*The Unexplained is a weekly series documenting strange and unusual phenomenon that inspire my writing. The year is 1857 and Oliver Winchester developed the volcanic repeater rifle.  It was a revolution for firearms at the time and vastly improved his company which went on to further evolve rifles.  Oliver’s son, William, inherited his father’s company... Continue Reading →

The Story Behind “The Cursed Forest”

I am interested in the mysterious, strange, and unexplained.  As I have explained before, discussing the paranormal is important.  I don’t think everyone has to become a believer but listening to those who believe they experienced something otherworldly is important, belief then becomes irrelevant. The Cursed Forest takes place in Freetown State Forest in Massachusetts.... Continue Reading →

The Unexplained: Skinwalkers

For the first time in years you get to go on vacation, unaware it will be one you'll never forget.  You and your uncle decide to take a trip to rural Utah to hunt, fish, and camp.  Just two guys doing what they love best in nature.  When you arrive at your destination it is... Continue Reading →

Nature: An Author’s Friend

I have written previous blogs on inspiration, and in some ways this is a continuation of that thought.  One of the most powerful sources of inspiration for me is nature.  The inherent beauty of forests or grasslands, the night sky, and a beautiful sunny day are inspiring in and of themselves. Nature is pure and... Continue Reading →

What Drives Your Writing?

Writing is challenging, getting people to care about what you wrote is more challenging.  There are many people who start out writing, become disappointed and get spit out of the grinder disillusioned, depressed, and feeling like they failed.  I know, that’s not an uplifting thought, but it is a reality.  Writing for a few months... Continue Reading →

The Unexplained: Black-Eyed Kids

*The Unexplained is a weekly series documenting strange and unusual phenomenon that inspire my writing. It’s late at night and you hear a knock at the door.  You wouldn’t normally be up at 3:00 AM except this night you are suffering from a bout of insomnia.  When you go to see who could possibly be... Continue Reading →

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