The e-publishing world races on

My wife would say I’ve been on a writing binge regarding the Stonechild Chronicles.  So much time there is little time for keeping up with the web site.  The series, though,  nears an end.  Maybe another two years.  The end has been there since day one.  The route, though, has been complex.  Another issue will be re-editing.  I feel they are good stories without adequate editing.  And, that’s another problem.

The re-editing of the first novel, Stonechild Volunteers occupied the last six weeks, and I know it needs more, but it is better.  (Oh for a professional editor.)

With that editing done, I hope to add Stonechild Volunteers to Amazon in addition to

I do owe an apology to  those who’ve been following the adventures of Russell Stonechild and looking for the grand finale as I’ve interrupted my Stonechild series to work on a novel entitled, A Different Manger.  Once that is complete it will be time to market both of these titles as books on paper.

The Christian in a Post-truth World

Being a linear thinker I’ve had difficulty shifting to a post-truth world where data means naught and feelings mean everything.  Through the years I’ve nestled safely within the arms of governments conscious of Christian values of morality, fidelity, charity and a belief in the Almighty according to a Judaeo-Christian worldview.

A belief that marriage exists for the procreation, protection and nurture of the next generation makes me hateful to many in the mainline media, and even to governments who, up to the present time, have been protective of free expression.

And, when it comes to belief in a deity, even our governor-general as of 2018, follows the dictum of the famed atheist, Richard Dawkins, who, when asked how to combat Christians, said:  “Ridicule them.”

It’s interesting how so many scientists fought evidence of the Big Bang theory and its shattering impact on the long-held position that our universe is “all there is, all there was, and all that ever will be.”  Also interesting is the way this theory provided wriggle-room for those Christians who wished to fit evolution into their God-centric world view.

I watched a recent YouTube video where a 14 year old boy confronted Ravi Zaccharias, a well-know Christian apologist, with the question, “What is the meaning of my life?”  Ravi didn’t give an answer, but set my mind working.  I remembered something from the Westminster Confession and went googling.  There I found that this confession had been initiated and approved by the British Parliament in 1646-47.  For myself as a Christian, those first words define the meaning of life.  Strange words, words as lacking in an empirical base as “What is the meaning of my life?”  Those words being,  The chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy him forever.

Other details of the Confession may not be so palatable, but I find these words most significant.

The Lonely e-Publisher

As I began work on my first novel back in 2002, I had a simple goal.  Create a reasonably readable product with a beginning, a middle and an end.  At completion of the first title I had progressed through a series of starts, changes of direction, and an expansion of vision.

My intended content covered far more than possible in a single novel.  I had my basic plot for a beginning, middle and end, but the middle involved far more detail than I had expected.  I then outlined a series covering three titles.

Not far into my second title research uncovered a new twist.  The British Empire fought not only the Nazis and fascists in Europe but the fascists in Ethiopia.  With an underlying motive of emphasizing the tremendous struggle of the British Empire during the first years of war, this aspect of the battle fit my character perfectly.  So off he went to Khartoum in the Sudan, then on into Ethiopia, or what Mussolini considered an expansion of the Italian Empire.  I now think I can finally reach my initial end with the ninth novel.  One or two more after I complete Stonechild and the 8th.


First Novel


Stonechild Volunteers takes an individual born into primitive circumstances uniquely equipping him for imminent hazards.

Added to the experience base of trapper, fur-trader he  possesses another asset, the gift of language prodigy.

These combined assets and a devotion to duty bring Russell Stonechild to the attention of his regimental commander in the Gall Light Armored.  Even prior to Hitler’s unprovoked aggressions lead Britain into war, Russell undertakes missions far more hazardous than usual for a green recruit.


EIN’s, Smashwords and Kobobooks

My kids bought me a Macbook Air for Christmas (2015).  Now I can have more parallel playtime with my wife as we sit, side by side, in the living room while I write and she puzzles.  Exciting, what?

I have erased all of my titles from Smashwords.  Rather hard to do, since Mark Coker has such a helpful site.  However, I had decided to publish through since they have a more friendly royalty structure for alien writers with regard to the IRS with- holding tax. provides another dilemma.  I have heard one-off print titles for authors are inexpensive from Amazon.  Also, with creative copy in place for ebooks, the step to paper should be pretty straightforward.  This brings the spectre of American IRS to the fore once again.  My research brought me to Catherine Howard’s blog.  She is a self-published writer from Cork, Ireland.   She provided information on EIN’s, or Employer Identification Numbers through a phone call.

Obtaining such an EIN will be my next step.  Since Catherine suggests avoiding Monday and Tuesday I will be phoning 1-267-941-1099 next Tuesday and informing the nice person on the other end that I wish an EIN designator in compliance with IRS withholding regulations.

Some time away

I’ve been spending time working on a web site for our local writer’s club.  It has been a struggle to find time.  We activated the site this past Tuesday to the delight of many, and the ho-hum of others.  We have titled the site 

It’s a beginning.