December 24, 2013

How Not To Make New Year’s Resolutions & My Writing Goals for 2014

If you missed my past blog posts on this theme, I hope you’ll give this one a read. The problem with most resolutions is that they’re typically open-ended. “I resolve to lose weight in 2014.” That kind of resolution is doomed to fail because it lacks a target and a time period. Better is: “I resolve to lose two pounds a month until I’ve lost twenty pounds by eating salads instead of sandwiches for lunch and by engaging in aerobic exercise for at least one hour at a time three days a week.” One of the benefits of time and target-specific goals is that you can make adjustments during the year. In the case of losing weight if you come […]
November 4, 2013

Introducing Retired Albany Police Detective Jake Barnes and my 4th novel, In the Game

It’s 1999. Robert “Jake” Barnes has been forced to retire as detective on the Albany (NY) Police Department due to health issues only months after his wife died of cancer. Rather than work in his garden or take up golf, however, Jake still yearns to be a useful member of society. Then, the name of a local dentist appears in a newspaper story about the death of a young professional woman on a singles group trip––the same man whose name had come up twice before in connection with the deaths of women he’d been dating. Although Jake’s daughter is concerned that he’ll jeopardize his health, he decides to get back into the game and begins to work the case. Given […]