A quiet collaborator, a would be author and an illustrator walk into a meeting…

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Hi all.

I am going to follow up with some more information here that my great friend Allan gave with his post entitled “Collaborations: What Do They Look Like? How Do I Make Mine Work? – Part II“. Everything that he said is true in that well worded post. What I wanted to broach was the Bi-weekly meetings he spoke of. They are an excellent time to speak about all different problems we are facing.  Writers block, story line continuity, historical facts, who can get me to the right people for research, etc… etc…  It can be daunting. Hell, I remember Allan and Gabby having to talk me down at one point LOL! Yeah, that’s how frustrated I became with the lack of historical resources I had.

So you can imagine the talks we have. Now we allot ourselves a one hour meeting, but it is truly not uncommon for it to go well beyond one hour. We have even hit the two hour mark and more times than not, it goes to an hour and a half because everyone, and I mean everyone, contributes.Especially Gabby, our Illustrator. While she does not write per se,  however, she does contribute to the cause. She pointed out one faux pas that we had in the story that very well could have come back to bite us, even though it was historically accurate. So Everyone contributes to this challenge everyday. Allan is editing everyday (His writing is over), Gabby is drawing everyday, and I’m trying to get the last few scenes done. Everyday. Here we are at our Bi weekly meeting.


So this is where the brainstorming happens people! I’m at the left. Gabby  (obviously ) bottom right and Allan top right. We take turns driving the meetings. This is normally where we come up with the best “WOW” moments of the story which normally takes the plot in a different direction. So some re-work is in order. I’ve been learning how to re-work plots by using what you have and doing minimal change. (Thank you Allan!). Just like two changes I have to make today and run with it.

While it’s true we have a lot of things going on, Allan with his work and other projects, voice overs, etc… you may want to see here ParaEarths.com. And Gabby’s work at Gabrielle Callan it’s a wonder that we get anything done at all. But we are steadfast in writing the story the correct way. In the way we believe will make you enjoy it, and also teach you a thing or two about history. Because whether you know it or not, yes this is a paranormal fictional book. However, at it’s core, there is an extreme amount of truth about stories you probably never knew about.

So I look forward to Saturday, when we have our next meeting. I’ll report back if there’s anything interesting!!


Until then, Keep writing, and get a good team behind you!



How we are coming along!

Hi All!

So, I’ve decided to post here, about how Allan and I are coming along with “The Pass”. The reason being, it is taking a while to come to fruition.

For those that don’t know, this book, and this journey, began purely as a joke. I actually asked Allan to read some material I wrote, to see if it might be publishable. Having written multiple magazine articles, I thought I had a shot. So, we had a Skype session and I joked with him about the names of his books. (Not that they were bad at all! Quite the opposite!) So I stated a strange idea as a joke that sat in his mind and stirred the liquid imagination that only Allan can come up with, and asked that I come up with a sample of my vision of my “joke”.

Well, That got me thinking. What did I start? So I sat down and tried to think, and came up with these simple words.

“Keefer O’Conner sat alone at a table in a New York City Tavern near Five Points. The date was July 18th, 1863”

That was on November Eleventh, 2015 and we have been working on the story ever since.

So, just WHY is it taking so long?

I’ll answer in my own way. Allan might pipe in here as well.

He and I are two totally different people, but almost have the same exact vision (when it comes to this story actually). With the unraveling of our story, we begin to notice how characters grow, or even grow up if you will.

That in and of itself, may change the story line, or the plot at times. Then there are times we NEED a plot line change and I tell you, truth is stranger than fiction. I mean, about 75% of the plots in this book are absolutely true to history, sans the paranormal aspect.

So we need this time for research, and with him working on other projects, and my anal retentive obsession with wanting all pertinent, historical  details correct, it takes a long while.

So , keep with us folks. We are almost out of the gate, with book two well in development as well.

See you then!