Monthly Archives: September 2014

Book Two of the Superstars Trilogy, Vasallus: An Excerpt #7


The discovery that her teenage son is a demonic killer, Chelsea Benning struggles with the realization.

Chelsea opened the door to Patrick’s room and entered, calling out his name as she did so in case he was just sleeping on the chair on the other side of his room, “Patrick, are you here baby? Just wondering where you are as you didn’t answer when I knocked on your door.”

She was about to turn and leave when she noticed something on the far side of his bedroom on the wall. Curious, she walked over and was mortified to see dozens of black pencil sketches of mutilated bodies, grotesque images of limbs torn off bodies with blood spilling and splattered everywhere. She was completely taken aback: “Did Patrick draw these? He must have, but why?” These drawings were so dark and evil looking that it scared her to her soul that Patrick was capable of drawing something so horrible. There was a theme to every drawing. They all had an evil looking face with a pair of bright red eyes depicted on them. “What did that mean?”

Then it hit Chelsea like a tidal wave. It was the eyes. The beast. “Oh my God”, she thought. Dropping to her knees, she buried her head between her legs and sobbed. The nightmare of the attacks fifteen years ago had returned. Her biggest fear was that Patrick would somehow know his origins. Now it was a reality. He knew. “He was drawing the red burning eyes because he knew!” She thought she would be sick so she stood up and bolted out of the bedroom into the bathroom where she emptied her stomach. She finally got a hold of herself and stood up and looked at herself in the mirror, thinking she would see the beast standing behind her, ready to thrust a claw through the back of her skull. She splashed cold water on her face, washed her hands and returned to Patrick’s bedroom. She sat on the corner of his bed gripping the bed post fearing her shaking would plop her off the bed and onto the floor. The drawings were so demonic looking and evil. “What was going through his head when he was drawing those images? How much does he know about himself? Has the beast visited him and shared his evil beginnings?”

Too many questions floated through her head in quick succession. Then she saw it and the sight of it sent her falling to the floor, fainting from the reality of what her son was.

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Manuscript Outline – A Must Have Book Writing Tool


I have written and published three books to date. I cannot imagine how I would have been able to write these books without completing an outline first. The outline becomes my compass, a ‘plan of action’ sort of speak that keeps me focused on writing the chapter and not worrying about the overall story. When I write I have a plan. I know how many words per chapter I want to write or a minimum. I know how many chapters I am going to write to complete the book. I know this because I took the time to complete an ‘outline’. This does not mean that the outline cannot be changed mid-stream or flexible enough to tweak along the way. The biggest advantage by using an outline is I know the entire story has been mapped and I can go ahead and write each of the chapters in my outline. I don’t worry how the story will end or how I will get to the end. I already thought that through before I started writing the story in the first place!

It works for me, maybe it will work for you! Stay tuned for a future post on exactly how I construct an outline!

The First Snowfall of the Year – Really?

Calgary Snowfall

September 9 and my city was hit with the first snowfall of the year – yuk! What is the rush? Halloween is when the threat of the year’s first snowfall normally takes place. September 9th, come on! The weather dropped as the rain turned to snow, forcing a mad scramble to find a heavier jacket to wear. The snow was full of water (gotcha) making it very heavy that took down trees and power lines. My wife needed to knock the heavy snow off the gazebo before it collapsed.

One thing it has done is triggered my brain that its the time of the year where we spend more time indoors because of the cold. It also reminded me that I declared back in the summer that work would begin in earnest in September of my new book, Under The Sea.

Can’t wait to get writing!