You've somehow stumbled upon the page of Dan DeWitt, genre-hopping author of the zombie thriller ORPHEUS, the Norse mythology adventure ODINSONS, and the horror short-story collection UNDERNEATH. There's lots more where those came from, so stick around.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

The other woman.

I've been a happily married man for over ten years now.

But there may be a new woman in my life.

Let me back up a few paces.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

"Orpheus" is now available on Smashwords!

It's been about two years in the making, but my zombie thriller Orpheus is finally available for download on Smashwords for $1.99. Even better, if you apply the coupon code "SSW50" at checkout either today or tomorrow, you'll get it for just $.99. A buck. You get a 95,000 word horror novel, plus a preview of my next novel Ragnaok, for, quite literally, less than a pack of gum. See, you benefit greatly because no one knows who the Hell I am yet. :-)

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

TV Tropes: Don't go there if you need to be anywhere else that day.

There's a little website out there called TV Tropes. The name is a bit misleading. Though it originally started out as a TV site, it has grown to encompass pop culture in general.

The site is, quite simply, a seemingly-endless catalog of "tropes" ("devices and conventions that a writer can reasonably rely on as being present in the audience members' minds and expectations") for fiction writers to use/misuse/overuse as they see fit. Each entry includes scores of examples from popular culture, as well.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

"Orpheus" Chapter One

The Rookie 

He didn't want to turn the corner. He didn't know what was ahead of him, but the only thing that was worse than that was that he had no idea what might be behind him. That thought served to overcome his fear, albeit temporarily, but long enough to decide to move ahead.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

When Danny Met Josey: A Love Story

Today is my wife JoAnne's birthday. In lieu of buying a gift or card, either of which would require money and driving, I've decided to share the story of how me met, instead. It's actually interesting here and there. Mostly there.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Random Writing Thought from: Stephen King

I posted this on the old blog. Now, I'm posting it on the new blog, for no other reason than it's awesome and true and awesome.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Me writer, you skeptical.

I don't know this for sure, but I would guess that every serious writer has a transition moment when they stop thinking of their writing as a hobby and start believing that they're a writer who also has the necessary evil of a day job.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

My first day with Google+.

First off, I'd like to thank two authors who don't know me from a hole in the wall, Julie A. Lindsey and Mary Robinette Kowal, for inviting me to Google+. To reward their graciousness, I began stalking them almost immediately.

First things first: the layout will look pretty familiar. Google+ isn't exactly reinventing the wheel. You have a wall. People post on that wall. You post on other people's walls. You have a news feed of what all of your friends are posting. Photos, videos, notifications...


New post over at coffeeshopdaily, and I'm now on Google+.

"Drop the thesaurus!" he exhorted.

And I'm now on Google+. Once you get in, come find me.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

More about "I Write Like..."

If you read my previous post, I told you about I Write Like, a site that analyzes your writing samples and compares your writing to that of well-known authors. A few people have asked me some questions, so allow me to go into a little more detail.

At the very least, the site is not just a random rotation of authors. The same writing samples will get the same results. I've tested this time and again.

I write like...

There's a fun little time-waster out there on the Internets called I Write Like. All you do is paste some of your writing (novel, blog, comment, etc.) and it analyzes your word choice and overall style, then compares it to the people you pay to read.