Book Seven Was Just Started.

I have been a serious about my writing and not my blogging. Book Five and Six are finished but they have not been edited. I am working on book seven. I am blazing away despite being a bit sad. The outline that blew up from what I thought was going to be a single seventy thousand word book is now approaching the end. There is perhaps more that I could say, but I fear that once I let go of these characters they will fade from my mind. They will still be dear friends, but they won’t be running off doing their own thing and showing little respect to the outline anymore.

There are other characters and other stories. For the next book I will try to keep my outline much simpler so the story does not expand as much as this story did. Soon I must devote myself to editing, making covers and promoting the words I have written.

Finished Cover Art for All Seven Books

Headgames I Cover

Headgames II Cover

Headgames III Cover

Headgames IV Cover

Headgames V Cover

Headgames VI Cover

Headgames VII Cover


I am getting very close to finishing the last book of this series. I am going to miss these characters. To put off the writing of the last half of the seventh book, I went ahead and spent time on the graphics. I also need to compile the rest of the quotes for the beginning of the chapters and do four additional graphics. Then I suppose I won’t have any excuses. The plot is finished. The content has been lain out. It is time for me to finish this work.

I have had these characters buzzing around in my head ignoring my outlines and going above expectations for so long, I think I will be a bit lonely when they are gone.

Not for long though. I have other books to write and other characters to befriend.


Hearts in Wood favicon

Headgames I Stone Cover

Headgames II Stone Cover

Headgames III Stone Cover

Headgames IV Stone image

Headgames V Stone Cover

Headgames VI Stone Cover

Headgames VII Stone Cover








My Other Website,

Open Tool Box

I have for many years been posting tool making projects, woodworking, metalworking and gardening articles on my website, last year I have sadly almost totally neglected it. I love making tools, but I started writing the Headgames series on February 24, 2015 and have been seriously focusing all of my spare time on writing these books. So many wonderful projects are on hold until I finish. Who knows though, I have so many book ideas scrambling in my head waiting for their turn to be written.


Headgames IV: Spirits and Space

Book4 Kindle Cover

I have just started working on the fourth book in the series. I have a lot of editing work still to do on  book three so I will be shifting my time between the two books for a while as we shake the bugs out of the third book.

There is so much to cover with this book. 1977 is an amazing year and August of 1977 is an interesting month for Space exploration.


Lots of interesting things planned, Ben visits Space, Japan and Korea. The Elf wars continue and Ben is getting ready to visit a Japanese bluegrass festival.

I am still researching Korean lore. Lots of interesting things. For example, Hwang-gung ruled for a thousand years before becoming a stone that spoke and reminded men of their path to innocence.


As an update, Happy New Years! I am now at 50,000 words on this book!

New update, it is January 25. Despite having to spend too much time editing book III, writing a submission page and writing a synopsis, I am now at 63,000 words. This is probably a bit more than half way done. I may have to alter the book title. ‘Spirits and Spies’ seems to be a better description of far. In any case I am enjoying the book and can’t wait to see what happens next. You would think I would know, but the characters in this book have no respect for the outline.

Update, January 29, I have passed 70,000 words and finally Jewels younger sister makes her appearance!

Update January 31, 76,000 words. In twenty four more days I will have been working on this series for a year. With work and editing I probably won’t finish this and have written four books in one year. I won’t rush to fit it in. I love these books and don’t want to compromise on the quality. But I do have a goal and with the fates willing, I might just finish book four before the end of February.

Remaking a Snap Blade Knife or How to Work Wood that Splits Easily


I love mesquite wood. It is beautiful, tough, weather resistant, hard and the worlds most stable wood. It does have a curious weakness, a screw will split it in half despite it being able to survive years as a mallet. The wood can split.

So there are methods you learn, that you would not have to learn on a wood that did not split easily. This project will show a lot of these methods.

Click Knife Tutorial

Snap Blade Knives are handy. I use them to cut things that I would never, ever use a good knife for. If you are going to cut a box open or shape cardboard, score chipboard or cut sandpaper, then a snap blade knife belongs in your tool box. The problem is that even a nice one does not fit in when you are putting it beside fine hand tools. Lee Valley has just offered a new Retractable Japanese Saw in a snap blade knife format. This is a great idea, but it calls for a nicer handle than the typical snap blade knife shows.

Technology is a Bad Master

I love technology.  It is a wonderful toy and servant  I have at various times in my life designed, built and repaired equipment that used vacuum tubes and mechanical relays for logic. Let me brag for a moment. I have been a technician through a vast time of changes. In many ways, I see technology from a standpoint that is fully immersed in the history and structure of technology.

The problem with technology is complex.  At the very heart of it is a basic compromise.  Each step in that compromise is a sacrifice we rarely recognize at the time.  To show what happens, let me predict a few things in hindsight and then show that these things hold up as true for the future.  Technology first intrudes in our life as a toy. Then technology becomes a tool.  After it has become a tool, it then becomes our master.  I wish this were not true, but history tells me it is.

Cars were toys for the wealthy before they were tools to get places.  Now not spending a large part of your resources on having, maintaining, fueling and insuring a car is in popular perception, embarrassing. The song, “No Scrubs,” has a key repeated point about how worthless someone without a car is.  This change happened within my parent’s lifetime and things are just moving faster.

My father had no plastic toys growing up.  Such toys did not exist at the time.  My father did not have a toy that operated by the push of a button.  Imagine that day.

When I was a child there were a few children that had their own phone line.  Their families were considered wasteful, doting and wealthy.

Only twenty years ago cell phones were quite rare.  People had pagers if they needed to be contacted.  Now cell phones are electronic tethers that a lot of people would never imagine willingly being without.  I am quite sure that a lot of companies would make a note of anyone applying for a job without having their own cell phone number.  Not a positive note.  This change happened within the last twenty years.

So I sit at my computer, writing this post with an array of programs and tools running.  My desk is filled with conveniences and past conveniences I am loath to dispose of.  Perhaps it is because they are still somewhat convenient but they are no longer my master