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Poetry is flowing out of me!

Here is one I just wrote:

RAVEN

Raven parts her mouth in heat

Black feathers shining shimmering

Blinding now with eyes ebony

She turns her gaze to paralyze me

I sense her hunger, feel her heat

Taste her breath deep inside of me

With a word she steals my soul

Transforming me like crops culled

If she swoops upon me now

I have no defense against her prowl

Her appetite consumes me whole

She is sweet to me like profiterole

Succulent her fruit it dangles

She spell binds me into tangles

I don’t ever want to be free

From her hands, her voice, for eternity!

7-11-17, Seattle

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I just signed a new publishing contract!

I am so excited to be offered a publishing contract for one of my books.  I accepted and signed!  I have already spoken with the artistic director about  my cover.  I spoke with the editor in chief about the content.  And I have spoken to the CEO about being a part of the family of this great publishing company.  Thank you everyone!

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Changes

Ironically, as I complete a multitude of changes not only for this month but for this year of 2016, David Bowie, a fellow Welshman and musician, who wrote the song, “Changes,” has passed away.  I have found myself reflecting on the many changes I have experienced in the past and all of the countries I have lived in, jobs I have held and careers I have pursued.  I have played many songs both live and recorded on many stages and in many studios.  I have written and published many books.  And I have adapted and overcome many things to be where I am now.

I can honestly say that I have never been happier.  All of the new things that have come my way this month and year have been wonderful, fun, exciting, challenging, different, unique, memorable and have helped me to grow into an even more diverse and better person than I have ever been before.  I want to just savor this right now, before I launch into the next exciting, new and fast-paced phase in my life, and take time to smell the flowers.

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Attending an amazing play in Ashland is so legal!

We had an amazing time watching “The Count of Monte Cristo” live on stage at the Oregon Shakespeare festival in Ashland, Oregon this summer.  It is such a wonderful place, community and is thriving with creative energy so much so that it is palpable. The shops and restaurants there remind me so much of my time I lived in England.  And the Black Sheep pub makes a killer English breakfast.  I recommend this experience to every artist and lover of theater, literature and the arts.

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Charles Dickens and I have both written and published 20 novels each.

I have always loved Charles Dickens novels.  I sometimes find our writing styles can be very similar, as can our characters and situations.  And though we have lived very different lives in very different times, we both share experiences and encounters, as well as adventures, that I often find we are very much alike.

I could never hope to be as gifted a writer as Charles Dickens, or to claim to be in his company in the hierarchy of authors, but I do know we have a connection and it comes through in our writing.  If he were alive today, I am sure we would collaborate on a novel and in some places, the difference between his writing and mine could even be seamless.

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I am thankful for so many things!

I am so blessed and thankful for my family.  I am thankful that I have been able to help so many people in so many ways.  I am thankful that I have been able to work and teach as an USA Hockey official, Canadian Hockey official, baseball umpire, soccer official, NCAA hockey official, Junior Hockey official, WHL official and also as a Professional IFL, NHL, NLL and PGA official.  I am thankful that I have been given the gift of writing and have written and published so many works including 19 novels. I am thankful that I have been able to work in so many industries.  I am thankful for people I have know only for a short time and who I have known all my life.  I am thankful for my health and freedom to live in the greatest country in the world.  I am thankful for education and travel.  In this season I don’t want this to be the only time to remember all I have to be thankful for; I want to remember to be thankful all year long!

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My books have been translated into 47 languages!

Now that my books have been translated into 47 languages, published and read on every continent (except Antarctica where there are no indigenous peoples), and purchased in over 60 countries worldwide, I can safely say I am Globally read!

The books sale stats I have taken from charts tracked by WordPress (blog), Google/Youtube and Amazon.

(Photo of my novels on my bookshelf at home are for promotional use; not for public sale).

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