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My Apologies

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Wow, it has been such a long time since I last posted. But, it has been for a very good reason. My mother-in-law developed brain cancer, and ended up moving in with us. I had to refinish my entire basement to make it into an apartment. She found out she had it when she lost part of her vision in one eye. The tumor was pressing on her optic nerve. She unfortunately has not regained that part of her vision since the surgery. After what seemed like an endless stream of chemo therapy and other doctor appointments, it has eaten up much of our time. Taking care of the sick and elderly is never easy, and it has sapped a lot of my energy. The great news is, my mother-in-law is now cancer free and is bouncing back. So, all in all, great news, and maybe now I can get back to my writing.

Wood cutting season is over, too, so that also helps. :)

The New Winners..

Sunday, May 5th, 2013

I would like to announce the winners of the signed Chimes of Yawrana poster giveaway contest. Congrats to Andrew of Arcadia, WI and to Scott of Thornton, CO! Stay tuned for the next contest – which is right around the corner!

Cartoons are not what they once were…

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

It always make me laugh when I hear people waving cartoons off when it comes to handing out compliments. It’s almost as if they won’t allow themselves to like a cartoon, because it’s animation. The concept is similar to not liking a song because it’s in a certain genre, or a book for the same reason. Personally, I don’t work that way. I like something based on the work itself, not because it’s grouped in a specific category.

Today’s animation is not like the animation of thirty years ago. People need to understand this when it comes to choosing which movie to watch. The plot lines are just as intricate as they are in any other live action movie. I was watching Disney’s Wreck-it Ralph the other day. It’s plot was brilliant and well constructed. As a writer, I can no longer watch a movie just for fun. Writing has changed that in me. I can’t help but contemplate how stories are put together. And, as I said before, the cartoons of today are so much more advanced than the ones of yesteryear. Writers for animation don’t get nearly enough credit for all the work they do.

Part of the problem, also, I think, is that people have a hard time separating Saturday morning cartoons from movie cartoons in their mind. Cartoons on the movie screen, more times than naught, will have a much higher quality because a lot more money is being funneled into them. To these people. a cartoon is a cartoon, no matter where you see it.

Also, I do think people have a fear factor of being judged, when with friends, if they were to choose a cartoon over a regular movie. They want to be taken “seriously” as an adult, so that would logically mean always going with the regular movie first. It’s a shame how easily some people let others manipulate them over such trivial things.

But not all cartoons released in the movie theater are better than the one’s on Saturday morning. Just as not all movies are better than your weekday night sitcom shows. This is where it all comes back to the product itself. Judge the product for the product, not because of what category it falls into.

Chimes of Yawrana Poster Giveaway!

Monday, April 8th, 2013

The new contest is underway! Go to the Contests page on Scot’s website for entry rules:

Book Signing Alert

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Scot is proud to announce his first book signing since the release of Book 3 of The Snowtear Wars, The Hollows of Candlewick. This is your chance to get books 4 and 5 signed! In addition, The bookstore will also be carrying copies of the first three Snowtear Wars books, too, if you have not yet read those. Last but not least, copies of The Worst Book Imaginable will also be available for signing. See you there!

Boxcar and Caboose ~ Saint Johnsbury, VT
394 Railroad St, 05819 ~ 802-748-3551
June 1st, 2013 ~ Noon – 4:00 pm!

Contest Winners Announced!

Monday, April 1st, 2013

I am proud to announce the winners of the Chimes Giveaway contest ~ Congratulations to Todd from Plainview, MN and Les and Terri from Winnepeg, Canada! Enjoy the books! Thank you also to everyone who took the time to enter. Stay tuned. I will have more giveaways soon!

The Trade Paperback for Elements is Here!

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

Finally, the last trade paperback for the fifth and final book in The Snowtear Wars is now available! The Elements of the Enclave can be found on either Amazon or Barnes and Noble’s website. Barnes and Noble is currently running a sale on it, so I suggest checking there first at:

Have fun!

Contest Alert!

Monday, March 18th, 2013

Some exciting news: Scot is giving away 2 free signed paperback copies of Book 1 of The Snowtear Wars, The Chimes of Yawrana. If you have not read the first book yet, or are looking for a gift for someone, this is your chance to get it at no cost! Here’s the link for the contest rules:

The Snowtear Wars Trade Paperbacks are Here!

Friday, October 12th, 2012

The new trade paperback edition of The Hollows of Candlewick, Book 3 of The Snowtear Wars, is now available for purchase on It will also be for sale soon on Barnes and Noble’s website. The Chimes of Yawrana and The Ice Shadows of Arna are already available for sale in trade paperback, Kindle and Nook formats on both Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Hollows is available in Kindle and Nook formats as well.

Now, for the news you all have been waiting for. For the first time, the trade paperback edition Book 4, The Mirrors of Methalis, is available for sale on It also will be available for sale soon on Barnes and Noble’s website. The Mirrors of Methalis is also readily available for Nooks and Kindles.

The fifth and final book in The Snowtear Wars, The Elements of the Enclave, will hopefully be available for purchase by the end of November.

The Trade Paperback is Here!

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Greetings, fans!
The trade paperback version of The Worst Book Imaginable is now available through

As I mentioned before, this book is targeted for the 9-14 age range, but is enjoyable for adults as well. Pick up a copy today!