Flint Knapping Intro: Painful Lessons

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Some of my early obsidian points and a field found paleo-style blade

I’ve talked about flint knapping a little in my books and I figured it’d be good to let people know what that really is.  At its most basic, the skill or art of flint knapping is the shaping of stone to make blades, points, and other implements.  When you think about the classic, often inaccurate image of Native American combat, you think of bows and stone-tipped arrows, spears and tomahawks.  Those stone projectile points, weapon blades, and tools such as drills, grinders, scrapers, needles, fishing hooks, harpoons, and dozens of others were all possible with skilled flint knapping. 

 However, from the time the first European settlers set foot in North America, the art of flint knapping was on borrowed time.  And, for a while, it nearly disappeared completely from the cultural lexicon of America.     Continue reading

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Preview… Chapter 1

 

 

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I’ve had requests from many readers for a look under the cover of Storm Tide Rising, the upcoming sequel to Officer of the Watch in the past few months.  It has been a long time coming for some of you, but here is a look at the first chapter which picks up later in the last day of Officer of the Watch. Continue reading

UPDATE on Storm Tide Rising

Here’s a look at one of the possible covers for my latest book Storm Tide Rising. This will be my second book overall as well as the second installment in the Blackout series. While the manuscript for this book is going through the editing and proofreading stages, I’ve been working on cover design. I’ve been toying around with a few different layouts and designs, but the two shown above are on my short list of viable options. Continue reading

My Rookie Year

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This time last year, I was finishing up what I thought would be the final round of edits on my manuscript and working on getting a cover design for my first complete novel. I published Officer of the Watch on February 23rd, 2015 and I remember telling my wife, “Well, even if no one ever buys it, at least I can say I did it. I published a book.”

A year later, I’ve sold just shy of eleven thousand copies—10,699 as of writing this and counting. Continue reading

Update on Blackout Vol. 2

Okay, so I haven’t been putting updates as much as I should, and I apologize.  I have, unfortunately, been stricken with the ever present Writer’s Block syndrome.  I sit for hours at the time with my notes and character sketches, but the words just won’t form to put on the page.  This happens to me from time to time, as it does for every writer, and it is unbelievably frustrating to deal with.  I know where I want the story to go, I know what I want to say, I just can’t for the life of me find the words that I need to get it done.
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