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October 6, 2016

Here’s something new. GRAYSON RISING is now listed on Hometown Reads, a website dedicated to curating collections of books based on where the author is located. I’m somewhat new to Hometown Reads, but I am thankful as all-get-out to have my book included in their Grand Rapids section. GRAYSON RISING is, without a doubt, a Grand…

October 5, 2016

After almost FIVE YEARS, we’re finally here. As I type these words, they’re printing copies of GRAYSON RISING somewhere, preparing our first print run, cutting and trimming pages, boxing up copies, and whatever else they do to make a book happen. I’ve reviewed a final production proof. I’ve stepped through the copy that’ll be used…

September 29, 2016

So … there it is. That’s the jacket proof for GRAYSON RISING. The files were being sent to the manufacturer while I met with my publisher last night. After something approaching three years, is my novel finally about to see the light of day? Why yes. Yes it is.

September 12, 2016

I was in Boston for a software conference recently, and – for reasons I don’t fully understand, but I’m sure the travel agent did – I arrived at noon the day before the conference began. Having a half day of free time in Boston, I did what any other Revolutionary War history buff would do,…

September 8, 2016

I was in Boston this week, minding my own business walking around downtown when I walked past a Macy’s and this plaque caught my eye. Apparently Ralph Waldo Emerson was born at a Macy’s. Who knew?

August 20, 2016

I was in a conversation with my daughter the other day – she’s been doing a lot of auditioning lately and is working hard to get herself more deeply involved in musical theatre. I commented that, despite her many lessons and auditions, I’d never heard her sing, and she responded, “That’s by design, Dad. To…

August 16, 2016

For reasons I can not even begin to understand, I had the opportunity last week to hang out with racing legend AJ Foyt. If you don’t know who AJ Foyt is, suffice it to say he’s one of the winningest racers in racing history (having won the Indy 500 a record four times, as well…

June 1, 2016

I was in a conversation yesterday about a forecasting tool we use to manage our sales pipeline in Application Development at OST. I’m frustrated about some of the tool’s limitations, and I was ranting to one of my peers, Rob, that I wanted to throw it out and build something new. Rob tilted his head to…

May 5, 2016

Data is funny. We use it to tell us all sorts of things. We call it empirical. We talk about how the data doesn’t lie. We look at numbers, look at trends, and we draw conclusions – not just the data scientists in the crowd, but everybody. How much money did you make last year?…

April 13, 2016

Those who know me well know that I am obsessed with Alexander Hamilton. He’s the founding father you didn’t learn about in US History, mostly because he never became President. You probably know he was killed in a duel with Aaron Burr, you might even recognize him as the dude currently gracing your ten-dollar bill,…