Going to Horse and Buggy

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We don’t use the word “Proud” in our Plain culture. At least we try not to. But I have to say I was “well pleased” when my 18 year old daughter Jennifer came to me with her plan to get a horse. She had it all thought out.

Traversing the Hollywood Maze

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As an author, my experience with Hollywood has been almost completely the opposite of what I’d been warned it would be. I suppose it is understandable and probably necessary that their be ample warnings.

SAMIZDAT: Thoughtcrime and Traditional Publishing

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How one kneejerk act of bigoted censorship highlights where we are… and the dangerous places to which we are headed

Before I get into my commentary. Here are the shorthand notes about what happened…

Popular trad-pubbed author Nick Cole’s latest Sci-Fi novel was dropped by his publisher (Harper Collins Voyager,) and his contract was torn up, because of a minor plot point he used to show the motivation of the books antagonist. A plot-point that Nick’s young editor found “deeply offensive” to her political and social worldview.

Osage Two Diamonds: Vonnegut, Cat’s Cradle, and Ice-9

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Maybe Vonnegut is something you only really “get” once you’ve gone around the sun enough times to have some historical context. But when I finally read Cat’s Cradle as a middle-aged man, I loved it. So, as you can imagine, I jumped at the chance when I was asked by Amazon to write the first (and only) commissioned sequel to Cat’s Cradle.

OSAGE TWO DIAMONDS, A Sequel to Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle

Hey Everybody! Amazon just let me know that they have marked my novel Osage Two Diamonds down from $3.99 to a very special Cyber price of $1.99 for the month of December. This novel was commissioned through a special arrangement between Kindle Serials and Kindle Worlds, and is the first (and only) commisioned and sanctioned […]

Bringing the Amish to Hollywood, or Selling a Film Option 101.

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It’s a fun thing to have happen… even when you’re on the road and can’t really celebrate or respond to the massive number of messages, well-wishes, and congratulations flooding in. It started as a short, single paragraph article that came out in the print version of Variety. Variety is the trade magazine for the Hollywood film […]

Demystifying Cigars: Busting Cigar Myths

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There are a LOT of myths about cigars. Most of you know I roll my own cigars. There are a ton of reasons for me to roll my own. The first reason is that rolling my own cigars fits into my DIY lifestyle. As plain people living off-grid, we try our best to forego as many mass industrial processes as possible in just about every area of our lives.