Publication Plans For ARTHUR’S BLADE

I know a whole lot of folks have been waiting on news of the publication of ARTHUR’S BLADE, and unfortunately, I do not have a release date yet, though it is my hope to have the book out sometime this year. However, and this is a big however, I have firmly decided to self-publish. This[…]

Ode To An Artist: My Father

On this Father’s Day, 2015, I would like to honor my father, Donald, and talk a little about his life and legacy. A short bio would go something like this: Born to the son of a Czech brewery owner and the daughter of a German brewmaster, he grew up in western Minnesota during the Great[…]

A Double Dose Of Grief – Part 2

Today marks almost 2 weeks since my time of grief began. I last wrote about this on the 9th in a post titled A Double Dose Of Grief, and so this is an update. In short, I am still grieving, but now a new grief has been added to it. You see, we attended the[…]

A Double Dose Of Grief

I shaved this week for the first time in many years … the modern version, I suppose, of pulling out one’s beard. You see this was a week to grieve doubly … once for the two year anniversary of my mother’s death on November 6th, and before that for a reason that I’m not yet[…]

An Interview with author Douglas Bond

As part of a previous contest, I interviewed award winning author Douglas Bond, and wanted to re-post the interview here for all my loyal blog readers. This is a great pleasure for me, because Doug and I met at the 2009 Reformation Day Faire up in Peoria, IL. Doug was speaking on the life of[…]

What Was Halloween / Samhain Like In Ancient Scotland?

Want to find out what an ancient Halloween / Samhain festival might have looked like? I wrote about it in MERLIN’S SHADOW! Here an excerpt, edited to remove some small spoilers: “Tonight, when the moon is dark, the Picts will celebrate their pagan harvest feast of Samhain. Have you not known why they work us[…]

My OFFICIAL Merlin’s Blade Book Trailer !!

After many months of filming, special effects work, 3D animation, color-grading, and soundtrack design, I am finally ready to release my book trailer for MERLIN’S BLADE! The direct link to the trailer can be found here: (Note that this book trailer serves as an introduction for all three books.) Please post the link everywhere[…]

Perseverance and Philippians 2:12-13 – Part 1

I wrote a new article over at Speculative Faith that covers what many would consider a brand new translation of Philippians 2:12-13. This article is based on a research paper I wrote in college and provides some excellent background into the Koine Greek behind the text. Anyway, check it out over here! When part 2[…]

Book Review of Starflower by Anne Elisabeth Stengl

This month we’re reviewing (as part of the Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy Blog Tour) Anne Elisabeth Stengl‘s latest entry in her young adult Goldstone Wood Saga: STARFLOWER. However, since I’m very busy with work, writing, and Christmas, my daughter Ness, aged 12, wrote the review. Here it is. Review of Starflower, by Ness The[…]

Jay Lauser’s Endorsement of Merlin’s Blade

Jay Lauser, also known as Sir Emeth Mimetes and the founder of the vast Holy Worlds universe of websites, gave me a surprise endorsement of Merlin’s Blade: I have read Robert’s first book, [Merlin’s Blade], and as a prolific reader and fellow aspirer, I can honestly and truthfully say it is one of the best[…]

My strange connections with Robert Frost, Gaspard de Coligny, and John Calvin

It was 1995, I had just moved to Missouri, and was browsing that newly expanded thing they call the Internet. I ran across a picture of Robert Frost as a young man, and sat in shock … … I had never seen anyone who looked so much like … me! No, we are certainly not[…]

The Spectacle — My Comic Book Art

For those that have read my “About Me”, you may have noticed the phrase “amateur comic book artist”, but not have known what that meant. Well, my son Leighton just purchased a WACOM Intuos4 graphics tablet, and he asked me to draw “The Spectacle”, my first comic-book hero: I named and created “The Spectacle” when[…]


Today we have officially unleashed our long-awaited, much-hyped, ever-so-incredible book trailer for Jill Williamson’s TO DARKNESS FLED, published by Enclave Publishing. This is book 2 in THE BLOOD OF KINGS trilogy. Leighton read this book out loud to our family while we were on vacation in July, and I must say, it is excellent! I[…]

The Laity Lodge Writers Retreat: A Travelogue

I arrived back form the western foothills of Texas on Sunday night, and thought I’d write about my experience at the Laity Lodge Writers Retreat. The Laity Lodge courtyard and fountain. (The following notes are as best as I can remember, so if I have forgotten details or gotten the order of events mixed up…[…]

Review of Venom & Song — Day 2

Welcome to Day 2 of the CSFF Blog Tour where we are reviewing the young adult novel, VENOM AND SONG (book 2 of the Berinfell Prophecies) by co-authors Wayne Thomas Batson and Christopher Hopper. Book 1 Summary (For those unfamiliar with the Berinfell Prophecies) Book 1, CURSE OF THE SPIDER KING, is a fantasy inside-out.[…]

Review of Venom & Song — Day 1

Venom. Now there is a word that goes deep into our psyche. How many of us, may I ask, has ever been bitten by a venomous snake? Or how about a truly venomous spider? Very few, I would guess. But we are all afraid of venom. Deathly afraid of it. Song. Who isn’t moved by[…]

A Treasure Hunt Extraordinaire!

This morning I finished reading THE SKIN MAP by Stephen R. Lawhead. Last week I finished reading VENOM & SONG by Wayne Thomas Batson and Christopher Hopper. Both of these are excellent books, and both are fun to read. Venom & Song is the CSFF Blog Tour book for next week, and THE SKIN MAP[…]

How To Establish Your Writing Voice

Yesterday, a strange series of events happened … all in the perfect order to cause my daughter, Ness , to have quite a fright. First off, I was mowing the lawn, and promptly got the mower stuck in a muddy section near some woods. So I’m trolling the garage to find chains, anything, that I[…]

Wren Song’s Debut Album—Greenwood Gone

We just released our first album, GREENWOOD GONE, and it’s now available for digital download at our first store, DigStation. Physical CD’s will be available next week for purchase at, and twenty other online stores will soon have it for sale, including Amazon and iTunes. Here’s the album description: Traditional Scottish and Irish music[…]

FINISHED! — Curse Of The Spider King Video

After multiple hundreds of hours of work by many, many individuals, we have finished the Curse of the Spider King book trailer video! If you like the video, rate it 5 stars, as that will help raise its profile and help sell more books. The Curse of the Spider King is a YA Christian fantasy[…]