Thursday, October 28, 2010

Gryphonwood Author Anthology - FREE for Halloween!

DARK PLACES: A Gryphonwood Anthology is available for free at through October 31st 2010 (the exact time it ends depends on your location, so order early!)

Here is the link: Dark Places: A Gryphonwood Anthology at Smashwords.

Here is the coupon-code for 100% off: AD94N (It is not case sensitive).

Some great stories, including two of mine: "The Scene of My Second Murder" and "Skull Face Returns."

Podcast versions of stories in the anthology are also free and available at: Gryphonwood Press Podcast (several stories are up now and more will follow).

For those who are interested, the Anthology is available now and will remain available (including at for 99 cents at: Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook.

Give the stories a read and let the authors from Gryphonwood Press know what you think!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Ghost in the Machine Podcast

I was interviewed by Gail Z. Martin (author of the Chronicles of the Necromancer series) for her Ghost in the Machine Podcast.

Click on over and give it a listen: Interview with Terry W. Ervin II

It was fun, but phone interviews don't seem to be one of my strengths.


Monday, October 25, 2010

ThrillerCast--Story Length

Authors David Wood and Alan Baxter have developed a pretty interesting and fast moving podcast titled ThrillerCast. The episodes run about 20 minutes each, filled with interesting discussion and useful information for readers and writers alike.

Take a listen to the most recent edition (which discusses in part length of genre fiction works, including past and current trends--and the reason behind them) and see what you think:

Monday, October 18, 2010

Quotes: General H. Norman Schwarzkopf

"Do what is right, not what you think the high headquarters wants or what you think will make you look good." --General H. Norman Schwarzkopf

If you ask me, an attitude like that can't lead one down a wrong path. It will certainly keep one's conscience clear.

In Flank Hawk, and in the current work in process (Blood Sword), when writing Krish and his actions, doing what is right, what friendship and loyalty demands--at least as he sees it--is what guides him.

I think that's a main reason why readers enjoy Krish's story and it's why characters in the novel trust him.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Humor: King Tut

A funny Steve Martin routine--with cameo by Henry Winkler

Link: King Tut

Good enough that I've recalled it over the years. Hope you enjoy it.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Backyard "Arthropod Titans"

Here are two standouts:

The praying mantis pictured measured about 5 inches in length (last year's specimen).

This orb-weaver spider's abdomen is about equal to a nickel in size (this year's specimen).

No stag beetles of note this year. Maybe next year.


Friday, October 1, 2010

Presenting at the Y-City Writers Conference, October 9th

For those who might be in the area, I'll be one of the presenters at the Y-City Writers Conference where I will be discussing Dialogue.

Maybe I'll see you there!