December 10, 2013

Just felt like saying that my bird is an awesome pet

I have had people tell me how a bird could never be as loving as another pet, say a dog or a cat. That might even be true for what I call 'The Fishtank Bird' who only sits in a cage to be looked at as nothing more than 'pretty.'
Trying to point out how undeniably smart they are has had one person ask me how that could be so if most birds wont fetch or do stupid performance tricks like dogs. Few will believe me that a parrot can be trained just as easily if not easier.
What gets me is times when my little green-cheeked conure "Timmy" does what I never even thought to train him. (Like when he discovered that by dropping small objects off my desk and looking at them sideways, he could make me 'fetch' them with a pitiful, sad chirp. let me tell you how that got annoying quickly)

You might discount the fetching thing as showing any brainpower or love, but his actions this morning have to stem from some affection.
I'm not exactly sure how long he's been doing it, but when I have him on my shoulder Timmy often touches his beak to my face and makes a funny little 'click' noise. As it doesn't hurt or seem to serve any actual purpose, I've always just kind of ignored it.
I do often look over and and kiss his beak with a play 'smack' noise when I first sit down to my computer; today he 'clicked' his beak back against my lips so quickly, it left no doubt in my mind that he is really kissing me back. (Yeah, I'll take that over a dog kiss any day!)

As I was trying to get him in front of my camera for that pic up top he kept wanting to shimmy down the front of my shirt or halfway down/up my arm where he could sit still and make a vibratey-purry noise.
Don't try to that a bird wont get sweet and cuddly.

November 01, 2013

Slacking Off Of NaNoWriMo?

Not exactly...
Ok giving myself less than a month to edit that book I was working on until I'm comfortable with putting it away for awhile wasn't long enough. Close there, looking at what I have left to polish on it, I should be satisfied with my new draft of The Illumination Query in less than 4 days.
And you know, while working on it I came up with the new story to work on for NaNoWriMo. I 'discovered' a good bit of action that occurs in the background of my story that is actually quite important even though I don't directly mention it. You may ask how it can be important if it never even tickled my mind before.
That would be because it doesn't directly involve either one of my story tellers in the book. How I have things written, I don't see any way to squeeze it in. As the story would probably be good to have written down so I can refer to it in the future for Illumination Query/Speed of Darkness sequels I'm going to try putting it together, even if it keeps me writing past November.

October 03, 2013

My first draft of The Illumination Query is written

When I woke up this morning I was prepared to not get to the ending until tomorrow.
In fact, I didn't even plan to work on the silly book until after I had some lunch- it's just that I suddenly felt like writing. This is my book The Speed of Darkness (part 1): The Illumination Query, a prequel to the story I used to have for sale yet took down because it has a couple of items I'd like to change for the bigger story that it will now be part of book 3 within.

Hmm that last sentence there sounded a bit less complex in my mind than it looks written down...

Well, the ending came at just the perfect time. I think I'll spend the rest of October dividing/combining the separate parts into logical chapters. Then in November I'll write something totally unrelated for NaNoWriMo to clear my head. By December with any luck I should be ready to take a crack at editing it.

September 19, 2013

Panoptemitry article on Chris, The Story Reading Ape's blog

Sorry I haven't blogged much lately, I'm deep within writing the wacked-out science for my Speed of Darkness character Nigel Hunter.
If you want to read something by me anyway, Chris got me to put together an article for his blog about my last book, Panoptemitry.
You can read it here.

July 25, 2013

The Pool Boy's Beatitude

From the Author: 
Like my character, Jack, I have always been attracted to the great mysteries of life. While Quantum Mechanics continues to search for a Theory of Everything, so have I. And I can write with authority about addiction, rehabilitation and jail. If you add the desire for a real and loving relationship into the equation you come up with the story of The Pool Boy’s Beatitude. Though it is fiction, it is perhaps the most cathartic piece of writing I have ever produced. Not only does Jack discover anomalies to the large physical world we exist in, but also some poignant truths about his own unique personal universe.
In his search for the God particle Jack Joseph has lost control of the most important particle of existence, himself. Jack’s intellect may have expanded at the speed of light, but his emotional development is mired in the darkness of addiction. Without change Jack is accelerating towards a personal collision that would render his interest in the cosmic one irrelevant.
Jack is a drop-out physicist cleaning swimming pools to support a lifestyle of addiction and detachment. He has a wife divorcing him, a wealthy woman seducing him and the justice system convicting him. Jack’s personal cosmos is spiraling out of control. When he meets Sarah his universe is about to further expand. The Gravitational Constant he studied at university lacked the velocity with which their galaxies rushed toward one another. It was a life changing Big Bang. A new and brighter Jack was created and he found his supreme happiness. But there was a lot of space junk in the form of addiction and legal consequences that stood in his pool boy quest toward bliss.

This book was a semifinalist in the Faulkner Competition in 2012 and was just released this week by Rebel e Publishing out of Detroit, Michigan

This is a brief excerpt from the book:
I believe God thinks in numbers. Most of what I know best can be described with an equation, numbers predicting an outcome, relating the position, velocity, acceleration and various forces acting on a body of mass, and state this relationship as a function of time. And isn’t that what we are, what everything is: accelerated particles in space time. 
And this velocity of motion is what creates gravity and holds everything together. But what creates the motion? I think about this shit all the time. Until I feel like I only know one thing: nothing.
I sat out on the grass and opened a bottle of Mad Dog 20-20. Drank it to the bottom, sucked it in like a black hole swallowing light. Alcohol goes through the brain in stages, first the cerebral cortex, the thinking brain. A friendlier, more daring person emerges, and becomes ever more creative, imaginative, as the drug continues deeper into the brain. Last to go is the limbic brain. That’s when you go numb.

I got ultimate this night, left the past, present, and flew into my future. It was brilliant, until in the morning, when I stared into the eyes of a cop. I realized I had evolved, I was homeless. Passed out on the lawn I had merged my present into my future and lost the past. I had become what I refused to change. There are no corners in a round expanding infinite universe. But I had turned one.

The Pool Boy’s Beatitude can be ordered at bookstores or purchased direct at:


DJ Swykert is a former 911 operator. His work has appeared in The Tampa Review, Detroit News, Monarch Review, Lunch Ticket, Zodiac Review, Barbaric Yawp and Bull. His books include Children of the Enemy, Alpha Wolves and The Death of Anyone. You can find him at: He is a wolf expert.

July 13, 2013

Everville: The First Pillar -giveaway

To celebrate the coming release of Everville: City of Worms, it's author Roy Huff is having a chance for you to win its prequel!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Enter a chance to win a free Kindle ebook of Amazon's #1 international epic fantasy bestseller Everville: The First Pillar. Also, be sure to stay tuned for details on the upcoming second book in the series Everville: The City of Worms, expected to be released in late Summer.

To enter, you must have a valid non-Kindle email address. The winner will be sent a free Kindle ebook directly from Amazon. In order to enter you must reside in a country that allows Kindle downloads. If you do not have a Kindle, you can download a free Kindle app for iPhone or Android or Kindle Cloud for PC’s.

Buy links, Kindle ebook regularly $2.99 Paperback Hardcover Audible audio book (Also available on ITunes)

Author Bio,

Roy Huff is the author of Amazon's #1 international bestselling epic fantasy novel, Everville: The First Pillar. This is the first installment in the remarkable Everville series which combines elements of epic fantasy and young adult fiction in a form that nearly anyone will enjoy reading, young or old. He is a man of many interests including but not limited to science, traveling, movies, the outdoors, and of course writing teen and young adult fantasy fiction. He holds five degrees in four separate disciplines including liberal arts, history, secondary science education, and geoscience. Roy Huff's background includes work in art, history, education, business, real-estate, economics, geoscience, and satellite meteorology. He was born on the East Coast but has spent more than half his life in Hawaii, where he currently resides and writes his epic fantasy sagas.

July 06, 2013

Smashwords is having a sale! Now is the time to go check out my books.

If you want a cheap read, now is the time to check out Smashwords.
My short story, Right Now is free with the code SSW75 .
My novel, Panoptemitry is only $1.25 with that same code: SSW75 .

My other two short stories are always free, you can get to them from my Author Page.

Other than that, there are thousands of authors at Smashwords with discounts of their own. The code you need should be right on the page! Go check it out and find the book you love!

May 09, 2013

Everville: The First Pillar by Roy Huff- free on kindle

Everville: The First Pillar from May 12th through May 16th!
I have this book scheduled for review, so here's your chance to read it before I do if you like to get into commenting on blogs.

April 15, 2013

Guest post for 'The Death of Anyone' by David Swykert

The underlying theme in my latest book, The Death of Anyone, poses the Machiavellian question: Does the end justify the means? I developed this story around an impulsive homicide detective, Bonnie Benham, who wants to use Familial DNA, a search technique not in common use in the United States. Only two states even have a written policy regarding its use, Colorado and California.
 Bonnie is a no nonsense cop who describes herself as a blond with a badge and a gun. She has her own answer to the ethical use of Familial DNA, but the actual legality of its use will be determined in a real life courtroom in the California trial of a serial killer dubbed by the media: The Grim Sleeper.
Lonnie David Franklin, the Grim Sleeper, was caught because his son’s DNA was the closest match to DNA collected at the crime scenes in the database. Investigating Franklin’s son led them to investigate Lonnie Franklin. But there was no direct DNA evidence that linked Lonnie to the crime scene until they obtained a sample from him after his arrest. Lonnie Franklin will be the first person in the U.S. to ever stand trial based on Familial DNA evidence, and its admissibility issues in court will be thoroughly tested by defense attorneys. These are the very same issues that face Detroit Homicide Detective Bonnie Benham and form the plot of my story. 
I’m a blue collar person from Detroit. I’ve worked as a truck driver, dispatcher, logistics analyst, operations manager, and ten years as a 911 operator, which was the very best job of them all. I have a pretty straight forward style of telling a story. I write a book like you’d watch a movie and put it down on paper. 
Detroit Detective Bonnie Benham has been transferred from narcotics to homicide for using more than arresting and is working the case of a killer of adolescent girls. CSI collects DNA evidence from the scene of the latest victim, which had not been detected on the other victims. But no suspect turns up in the FBI database. Due to the notoriety of the crimes a task force is put together with Bonnie as the lead detective, and she implores the D.A. to use an as yet unapproved type of a DNA Search in an effort to identify the killer. Homicide Detective Neil Jensen, with his own history of drug and alcohol problems understands Bonnie's frailty and the two detectives become inseparable as they track this killer of children.
I first heard about the use of Familial DNA working as a 911 operator in 2006. It came up in a conversation with officers working a case. I thought at the time it would make an interesting premise for a book. I began writing the mystery some three years later after leaving the department. I had just finished editing a first draft of The Death of Anyone in the summer 2010 when news of The Grim Sleeper’s capture in Los Angeles was released. I read with interest all the information pouring out of L.A. regarding the investigation and the problems confronting prosecutors. All of which are explored in The Death of Anyone.
DJ Swykert is a former 911 operator. His work has appeared in The Tampa Review, Detroit News, Monarch Review, Zodiac Review, Scissors& Spackle, Spittoon, Barbaric Yawp and Bull. His books include Children of the Enemy, a novel from Cambridge Books; Alpha Wolves, a novel from Noble Publishing, and The Death of Anyone is his third novel, just released by Melange Books. You can find more about him and how to buy his books on the blogspot:, they are also available on Amazon and at select mystery bookstores. He is a wolf expert.

January 08, 2013

Authors Can Get Ideas From Some Pretty Strange Places! (by Lauren Klever, author of 'The Secret Watchers'

Authors Can Get Ideas From Some Pretty Strange Places!

By Lauren Klever
Sometimes ideas jump from the shadows, taking you completely by surprise.  As I work on books four and five of my five book series, I’ve found that although some ideas are planned, many are not.  I believe most authors observe the world around them with intense interest.  Beware - anything you say or do may end up in one of our books!  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve said, “Wait.  Stop.  Say that again!”  To which, those who know me well roll their eyes.  I often find a place for these bits within the existing story.  I write, I read what I wrote and then I revise adding the new ingredients like a chef adds spice to a favorite dish.

Sometimes things don’t go that way at all.  Once in a while a fanciful whim taps you on the shoulder or smacks you over the head.  I’ve had lightening strike, so to speak, while I was writing.  I’ve had an idea pop into my head and completely change the direction of a scene or even a major part of the story.  I liken this to a riptide of thought.  It is almost like the characters are speaking to me and in a way... they are.  I’ve grown to love them and feel like they are friends.  I want to stay true to them and their own personal story within the context of the greater story, so on occasion, I allow them to carry me away.

Many scenes grow from bouncing ideas around with my friends and family.  Wherever I go, I always take a notebook, so when ideas strike, I can capture them.  One of these moments happened while at my son’s cross country meet.  As my friend and I watched our boys compete we became swept up in the idea of having my protagonist, Owen, be on the cross country team and formulated what would happen if, in the middle of a competition, he came across a villain he was not yet ready to handle.  I’ve got to tell you, ideas were flying faster than I could write.  I even had to call her after the meet to double check my rapid scribbles and finish some thoughts.  The time spent collaboratively thinking is some of the most fun I’ve had writing this series.  If you’re looking to be inspired, take a vague idea, sit down with someone you trust and hash it out.  You may be surprised at what jumps from the shadows for you to crystallize into a wonderful and amazing new piece! 

Lauren Klever is the author of The Secret Watchers series.  Book one, Visions, is available now and book two, Whispers, is due to release in February of 2013.  She is a K-12 educator, volunteer and parent.  Lauren can be found at any of the following places...

Website and blog: 
Facebook, Author Fan Page: 
Facebook, The Secret Watchers Fan Page:  
Twitter:  @SecretWatchers

Come check out the new guest post of mine about Panoptemitry

here it is:
It describes the prison world of Gilnar in my book Panoptemitry.