Dead Acre Review (Free Novella on Audible)

I recently listened to a free novella on Audible called Dead Acre and it was really good.

Dead Acre is a bad ass supernatural western. It’s like the Witcher goes to Tombstone. When an outlaw gunslinger gets murdered because he tried to do something honorable, God gives him a second chance. Only this second chance involves killing monsters and hell spawn across the wild west. Bruno and Castle nailed the tough guy western vibe with a protagonist who would have fit in a Louis L’amour novel, except for the part where he’s dead and still killing werewolves.

Even better it’s narrated by the actor who played Arthur Morgan in Red Dead Redemption. He kills it with that familiar voice that’s perfect for an undying gunslinger.

I met one of the authors at 20Books in Vegas, and he wanted to hear what I thought about this because I had written MHI and the Bubba Shackleford old west monster hunting stories. I liked Dead Acre enough that since the first full length novel in this same series is coming out in May, called Cold As Hell, I’m going to go ahead and plug it with a preorder link.

Cold As Hell (Black Badge Series Book 1)

Let’s Play Privilege Bingo!

This is from the Daily Wire. It looks like another of those goofy school projects to teach impressionable children to hate themselves and others so they can grow up to be proper democrats.

This got shared to a wrongthink writer’s chat this morning and we all started playing bingo. Even though I’ve declared that I have Super Privilege and have awarded myself extra privilege points, I don’t think I could get a bingo on this one, which kinda pisses me off. I’m competitive like that.

For those of you who live in a cave in the forest without internet and have managed to avoid the plague of Social Justice, you might be unfamiliar with the concept of PRIVILEGE. I think originally it had some academic basis, but then the left dumbed it down and ran with it. I’ve talked about privilege a lot on this blog before, but basically what it means is that you’re always wrong about everything, and leftists are always right, all because of some nebulous concepts about your past. You are always bad and they are always good. Simple.

For example, I once mocked the illogical and inane writings of a left wing race hustling grifter who was baselessly accusing an entire convention of racism with zero evidence. Even though it turned out that he was literally the son of a billionaire, it was declared that I was “punching down” from my “position of privilege” and I got kicked out of stuff because of my rampant hatemongery.

The left loves this shit. Like how a newspaper (it was either the Boston Globe or New York Times, I can’t remember) wrote about a debate between me and George R.R. Martin and the newspaper described us as “bestselling novelist Larry Correia” vs “George R.R. Martin, son of a longshoreman.” Why not, Larry Correia, son of a dairy farmer and George Martin, one of the wealthiest authors in human history? Nope.

Because remember, if you’re on the right, you’ve got privilege no matter what. It doesn’t matter if you grew up in a straw hut in a jungle and you hunt wild boars with a sharpened stick to pay for your cholera medicine, if you are arguing with a suburban liberal with rich parents who paid for their gender studies degree at NYU, you’re the representative of an oppressive system and the leftist is the real victim here. So shut up, racist.

This gets more complicated when it is left vs left, because then they have to carefully compare victim points, until the loser gets killed and eaten in a cannibal feeding frenzy.

Looking at this list, even though I doubt I can get a bingo, I’ve still had an extremely successful life by any reasonable standard, and have lived the American dream, getting more opportunities than my parents, and giving my kids more opportunities than I had. It’s almost as if the very concept of Privilege, as used by the left, is defeatist horseshit designed to make some demographics feel like helpless losers and others feel like terrible monsters, all so that they can be more easily manipulated by their elite liberal betters… Naw… That would be super evil.

Anyways, let’s play bingo!

Native English Speaker –Yes. This is important. It’s also why when my grandpa came to America, he insisted on speaking English in the home. My dad was bilingual, but didn’t speak Portuguese while I was growing up at all, so I learned very little of it. The downside of this is that it kinda sucks to be the only Portuguese kid in an immigrant Portuguese town who didn’t speak the language. Oh well! Boom! PRIVILEGE! One down.

Both Parent Went To College – Nope. I’m the first person in my family to do that, and I went thanks to an academic scholarship for knowing a whole lot about dairy cows. DENIED.

Never Worried About Food – Oh hell no. We had a lot of terrible years and were incredibly broke most of the time. Farming is not for the faint of heart. Sure, we might not have been able to buy actual groceries, but we had all you can drink milk! And when we got really desperate, I got to shoot an elderly Holstein in the head so we could eat extra chewy hamburger. BOOM! SUPER PRIVILEGE! That’s two.

Drive/Get Driven To School – Ha! I was the first kid picked up by the bus route in the morning, which meant that I got to spend about two hours a day back and forth on the school bus. However, I used that time to read hundreds of library books, which educated me far more than my shit tier public education ever did. So I actually came out ahead because of this supposed hardship… but nope. Rules are rules. No privilege on this one.

Employed – This one is bizarre to me, since most of the questions seem to be aimed at your childhood… However, I went to work doing adult level, back breaking, filthy, dangerous manual labor as a child, so I am extra blessed. I had childhood employment, so PRIVILEGE! Seriously, if you didn’t grow up rural poor on a real working farm it’s hard to even sorta comprehend the dirty, scary shit you have to do, even when you’re really little. Hey, you’re ten, go move that 2000 pound bull. Make sure to not show any fear! So actually, I’m gonna grant myself DOUBLE PRIVILEGE on this one.

Comfortable Working Outside Alone – Yes. For thousands of hours, usually moving things which were heavy, rusty, sharp, about to catch on fire, or alive and actively wanting to kill me. Good times. SUPER PRIVILEGE!

White – Eh… Mostly? Sure. I’m swarthy and vaguely ethnic looking and the government declared my ancestors to be “Latino” for some baffling and inexplicable reason that probably had to do with bumping their arbitrary racist numbers, but I’m gonna forsake my dad and claim my mom today for MEGA PRIVILEGE!

Parents are Married – Yep. Got this one… Though I find it fascinating that they don’t have a thing in there for “happily”. Sure, you could live in an abusive, alcoholic nightmare, but by golly, that leftist you are arguing with had a single mom, so count your blessings, you right wing hatemonger. PRIVILEGE!

Born In Country of Residence – I love the softcore racism of the left on this one. They simply can’t help themselves. Sure, some immigrant communities are killing it in America, or some people come over so young that it really doesn’t matter, but nope. You all go in the same big dumb box labeled Piteous Immigrants. Sorry. So I get this one. Wait… Is California still considered part of America? Hmmm… Nominally. I’ll take it. PRIVILEGE!

No Speech Impediment – Damn it. Thwarted on the horizontal bingo again. I did actually have a speech impediment when I was a kid. Like most people who do I figured it out and worked through it as I got older, and now I hardly ever think about it and I’m an excellent public speaker who has been on radio and TV. But apparently this is going to hold me back forever and doom me to failure. Oh well. And I was having such a good run too.

Heterosexual – I’m boring vanilla. I’m not even vanilla bean. MEGA HETERO PRIVILEGE! But wait… isn’t this no big deal in a great many groups in the US, and being homosexual is actually considered a perk in many social/career circles now? To the point that leftist moms are getting caught on video pressuring their five year olds into declaring some manner of LGBT identity so the mom can get privilege? But that would never happen. The bingo card has spoken.

Christian – Eh… Depends on who you ask. I’d say so, only I belong to a religion most Christians think of as oddballs, and it’s totally cool for hip liberals to mock us relentlessly in media and Hollywood, and you can even have Broadway plays insulting us, and that’s totally fine. SUPER MORMON PRIVILEGE!

Free Space – I’m offended. How dare this school assume this space’s identity? What if the marginalized person didn’t get a free space? I am literally shaking. (also the school missed a real comedic opportunity when they didn’t call this one Safe Space)

Feel Safe Around Police Officers – I *almost* made bingo this line, because since I don’t routinely do stupid shit, in stupid places, around stupid people, most of my interactions with cops are relatively uneventful… But I’m fucking terrified of federal agents. You think you’ve had a bad time with law enforcement? You think regular cops are unaccountable? Get back to me after the first time you’ve had the ATF raid your business! THWARTED.

Mentally Healthy – Very much so actually. But considering that there is one demographic in America which has FAR more mental problems than all the others, they should have just made this one the free space for white liberal women. (I’m not making that up either. Their stats are bonkers.) But anyways, PRIVILEGE!

College is the Expectation – Ha! Not even close. I got called a pussy for learning to read! But this one is interesting because it once again shows the bigoted nature of our elite liberal betters, as they look with sneering disdain upon blue collar jobs. Plumbers, electricians, and truck drivers aren’t nearly as important to society as their masters degree in interpretive dance.

Never Been Racially Profiled – Nope. I’ve had that happen a few times. Both with law enforcement, and one really nasty shakedown attempt by a business who saw my last name and thought I was one of the illegals they usually took advantage of, until I showed up at their office in a suit telling them to lawyer the fuck up because shit was about to get real. Good times. Ironically I look back on these as learning experiences and they never really held me back, but the bingo card has spoken.

A side note on the racially profiled bit, you know what’s actually worse, but never makes these stupid lists because libs can’t see past skin tone? Being big and scary looking. When I was young especially, I got shit all the time with purse clutchers, and had the cops called on me, because I looked like the kind of dude a loan shark would send to break your thumbs. Only because I’m not pathetic, I don’t dwell on these sleights, and I don’t hold it against those people for their very human nervous reactions. It’s like when Barack Obama talked about his youthful presence making white ladies lock their car doors. Bitch please. I could curl you, Barack.

Feel Represented in Media – Yes. AS THE BAD GUY! Seriously, when is the last time a right wing, gun nut, capitalist, from the military-industrial complex was the good guy in something? Adam Baldwin on Chuck? As far physical appearances, I look like the 6’5″ love child of James Gandolfini and Khalid Sheik Mohammed. The last actor I saw who looks just like me was the terrorist arms dealer/human trafficker on season 1 of Jack Ryan. So yeah, I see guys who look like me on TV all the time, usually trying to kill John Wick. HOLLYWOOD POWER PRIVILEGE!

Able-Bodied – Yep. How else do you think I did all that child labor? This is another one white liberals use to out victim you though, because I swear 90% of the ones I argue with are either land whales or noodle armed soy creatures. I’m not that physically fit, but some of these people are just sad, so NOT A TOTAL FAT BASTARD PRIVILEGE!

Military Kid – No. But hang on… How the hell is moving a dozen times during you childhood, and not seeing one of your parents for months or years at a time, all while worrying they might be horribly killed, a privilege? But the left has spoken! Enjoy your super awesome Tri Care, you privileged bastards!

Have Your Own Bedroom – I shared a tiny room with my brother growing up. That room would fit in my current bedroom closet. Ironically, my brother has also worked hard, been very successful, and has a great career making mid six figures doing one of those blue collar non-college jobs the progs sneer at. Go figure. It’s almost like this square is total nonsense which has absolutely zero bearing on life. I’m sure the mentally ill single child of two mentally ill white liberal professors (who are both having affairs with grad students) will be way better off because she didn’t have to share a room.

Involved in Extracurricular Activities – Does crime count? Because then there’s gonna be a whole lot of kids who didn’t think they were very privileged who actually are! As for me, I was allowed to do all sorts of after school stuff… as long as it involved farming in the hopes it would make me more useful on the farm. I wasn’t allowed to play sports because I might get injured and be unable to milk cows. FFA PRIVILEGE!

Cisgender – Oh good, a square so privileged that it only applied to like 99.9% of mankind until the Woke came along and decided that sexuality is now a confusing spectrum of whatever they want it to be that minute, and then impressionable kids started calling themselves a bunch of made up words on their twitter bio to get social justice validation and victim street cred… and I’m sure this one has nothing at all to do with the previous one about the epidemic of mentally ill white chicks, but regardless I’ve got NOT A PAN DEMI GNOMESEXUAL NONBINARY MERMAID TODAY PRIVILEGE.

Never Lost A Loved One – what the fuck is this one? Elf privilege? We all live in the mortal world, dipshits. The only people who can get this one are the super young, because the longer you live, the more people fucking die. Duh. But hang on… if this bingo card is aimed at the super young, why does it have multiple squares about their sexuality on it? What kind of weird groomer shit is going on at this school? Only I better not ask those kinds of questions or Joe Biden will send the FBI after me, and we’ve already established that I’m scared of federal agents!

Male – You hear that ladies? The school board says you ain’t shit. You can’t even win your own sports anymore! I’ve got WOMEN’S SWIMMING/WRESTLING/BASKETBALL/CYLING/RUGBY/JEOPARDY CHAMPIONSHIP PRIVILEGE!

Now hang on… Don’t men die earlier? Go to prison more and for longer? Have higher suicide rates? Doesn’t modern leftist society treat men with scorn, while mocking traditional male roles, and declaring that fatherhood is an archaic concept, while huge swaths of our young men grow up confused and adrift, to be preyed upon by gangs who at least offer belonging, or grifters selling some distorted version of manliness? Leftist society doesn’t even allow men to be friends anymore without trying to twist it into a gay romance. Sam and Frodo, gay. Any portrayal of any two dudes ever? Gay. Let’s shame young men into fearing basic human camaraderie.

If you talk about any of these obvious problems in society, leftists are going to come along and call you an incel, neck beard, misogynist. Schools teach boys they are disposable trash who should feel bad for existing. Men grow up not knowing how to be proper men, so they fill the gaps with the teachings of dirtbags and internet porn. The left has tried to destroy the concepts of marriage and family to the point that America has one of the highest rates of single motherhood on Earth, and yet the left won’t be happy until every “archaic” institution that got us to this point is destroyed, all in their suicidal rush to end “privilege” in order to make us all equally miserable and bitter as they are.

Through all this women are getting screwed too, because they’re the ones being abandoned or mistreated by the idiot man-children created by leftist doctrine. Men and women are both vital and necessary, and tearing down one to build up the other in a vain attempt to correct past wrongs will only result in destroying us all.

But nope. Can’t be that. Testicles are where it’s at. Social Justice has spoken. TESTICLE PRIVILIGE.

Oh my gosh, and with those testicles, I’ve got BINGO!

Diagonal Bingo. I knew it! Thank goodness for my Safe Space. I really am privileged and guaranteed success in life. For a minute there I was worried I was going to have to become a democrat and wait around for the government to come save me.

The One Year Anniversary of Utter FAilure

Joe Biden has been president for a year, and he has sucked beyond all comprehension. He is quite possibly the worst president ever.

Is this going to be a biased, partisan post? Why yes. Because the democrats elected a corrupt dipshit, who has just gotten more pathetic with age. Biden sucks so bad that he is going to drag your entire political party down, and the mid terms are shaping up to be a bloodbath the likes of which American politics haven’t seen in any of our lifetimes. All that demographic inevitability you’ve been crowing about since Obama? Evaporated.

Democrat congressmen are retiring in droves because they see better polling data than we do, and in the polls the public can see, Biden is the kiss of death. Nobody can deny the stink of failure.

So just own it, and shut the fuck up. Spare us the inane comments about Orange Man Bad. Sure. But Bad Touch Grandpa Worse.

Way fucking worse.

Biden has accomplished exactly one thing. And that’s demonstrating beyond a shadow of a doubt to all reasonable, thinking Americans that democrats are total shit at governing. They talk a big game, but it’s all just platitudes, wishful thinking, and magic unicorns farting free shit. Their claimed philosophy is childlike and disintegrates when it touches reality, exposing their actual philosophy, which is draconian control freaks who are compelled to meddle in everything. And the less they understand something, the more they feel the need to fuck with it.

Even with big tech and the media doing everything in their power to cover for Biden’s multitude of failures, it’s so bad that the most technologically advanced propaganda engine in human history simply can’t keep up.

Okay, actually to be fair, Biden has accomplished two things. He’s been so shitty that he’s also forced the media to shoot their wad, and destroy the tiny bit of credibility they had left with the most gullible Americans. Everybody else wrote the media off previously, but even the low information mushy moderates know they’re getting lied to when the media says things are great, but they go to their empty stores to pay outrageous prices for basic essentials.

Remember before the election when people like me were getting “fact checked” and kicked off of social media for talking about The Big Guy’s many scandals, and his crack head son doing some mind bogglingly corrupt and evil shit? Yet now it is admitted that all that stuff did actually happen. Oh media, I sure hope covering for these shitheads was worth burning the last of your credibility, to the point that Joe Rogan is now eating your fucking lunch.

Biden was garbage from the get go. Most of us knew it, but half of America was happy to have No More Mean Tweets. Then day one Biden (or whoever it is who tells that skin sack of dementia and incontinency meds what to do) went about doing stupid shit to destroy the economy. He fucked up businesses and he fucked up on Covid. He fucked up energy and he fucked up diplomacy.

His cabinet was made up of malignant idiots, so vapid and useless that even while crisis unfolded under their direct responsibility they could take months off for maternity leave, and nobody noticed they were gone.

Since Biden didn’t actually campaign, many voters didn’t get to see just how badly Joe Biden’s brain had turned to mush. But as president he has to talk–though they try to avoid that as much as possible–and suddenly the low information types got to see that the guy they elected can’t even fucking talk in complete sentences anymore, he just rambles incoherently about random bullshit nobody understands. (and when he does put enough nouns and verbs together that you can tell what he’s going off about, usually the story turns out to be imaginary)

And the media is all “he has a stutter.” Uh huh. The fuck he does.

Then shit went really sideways with the fall of Afghanistan. They fucked up everything. If something could be done wrong, they did it. They did it ass backwards. So immediately the media and democrats with no shame tried to gas light America that this was our fault for wanting to leave… Not that they left wrong.

Hey, if we’re leaving, how about we get our civilians and friends out first, then the military, then shut down our giant secure airbase last? Nope. Let’s do that in reverse, from an unprotected airport, and give the Taliban the names of all our friends we are leaving behind so that they can murder them with all the sweet new weapons we left for them. Yep. That was clearly America’s fault.

Because Joe Biden never fails. We can only fail Joe Biden.

The White House fucks up everything it touches. They have no wins. Only losses. With one of the narrowest majorities in American history, they tried to cram through one of the biggest, stupidest, pork bills ever. This was just a big stupid Reward Our Friends pay off. Money printer goes BRRRRRR.

Don’t worry. I’m sure there are no possible downsides to this.

The year goes on. Regular people are getting pissed. The middle is realizing they got snowed. This bullshit is not what they voted for. How does the media try to placate them? I know. Let’s talk about January 6th, Every. Single. Day. Forever.

Because January 6th was worse that Pearl Harbor and the Holocaust combined times a thousand. January 6th was an attempted coup, where the most heavily armed demographic on Earth didn’t bother to bring any firearms. And the only person who got shot was an unarmed woman who got killed by the kind of super cop who leaves his Glock in the toilet. The republic was almost overthrown by a guy in a buffalo hat.

Gee whiz. I can’t imagine why this narrative didn’t stick… to a populace who watched democrats loot and burn shit for a year across most of the major cities of America. That was the Great National Democrat Temper Tantrum, where destroying the place you live is fine and good, but inconveniencing the place they work is literally the worst thing to ever happen. So we’re gonna defund your police force so that your city can descend into Mad Max Robocop, while we put 30,000 soldiers and razor wire around where congress works.

That went over super well, obviously. Because regular Americans like being constantly reminded that they are garbage and they are meaningless, but our elite liberal betters are important and better than us. By the way, plebe, wear your mask all day and get your mandatory shots or you’ll get fired, while your elite liberal betters go to dance clubs and dinner parties.

Yep. I can’t possibly fathom why this ain’t resonating with the people.

So desperate, the dems keep bringing up Trump, Trump, Trump. It worked before. Except Trump is fading into the sunset, and Americans are more worried about stuff like being broke, jobless, and potentially getting arrested by the FBI because they complained at a school board meeting, than what the other guy did last year. (and in fact, when they think about the other guy now, they think, hmmm… he wasn’t so bad after all)

And holy shit, on that note, you big dumb dummies… You couldn’t resist sending in the Feds because parents were mad that their kids were getting raped in school and it was getting covered up? Do they not teach “optics” at your Ivy League Clown College? You think they’d make time for that between struggle sessions and social justice class.

It just got worse from there, because as Biden’s popularity (and his ability to accomplish anything) plummeted, and places that were supposed to be safely blue like Virginia flipped red, and places that are super dark blue like New Jersey nearly flipped (and the republicans didn’t even spend money there, because they surely thought, why bother?) and democrats realized they were no longer safe in places that were historically D+12… Oh, THEN ELECTIONS ARE QUESTIONABLE!

Wait a second. Wasn’t people noting that our elections are questionable literally the worst thing ever, and an assault on democracy last year? Yes. But this is different. We need to make elections even MOAR questionable. Sure, something like 80% of Americans across all races and demographics like voter ID, but Democrats losing is Jim Crow 2.0, and if you don’t want the unaccountable feds to control all elections for eternity to ensure eternal democrat victories, you must be racist.

And since the democrats have a tiny majority in congress, and a tie in the senate, obviously the solution to shove through this super unpopular idea requires destroying the basic fundamental rules our government runs on! And when the democrats who aren’t totally batshit insane go, hey, wait a second, we probably shouldn’t do something that extreme… fuck them, they are literally Hitler too!

On Tuesday the filibuster is the most racist thing to ever racist! On Wednesday however, the democrats used the filibuster to make it easier for Vladimir Putin to invade the Ukraine… Wait a second… wasn’t Trump the one who was soft on Russia, and Biden the elder statesman who… never mind.

There’s no way to hide the hypocrisy. They just do whatever they want and hope that you are stupid enough to believe whatever their pet news megacorps tell you about it.

I can’t list all the things the Biden administration has managed to fuck up in the last year. There’s just too many. And that’s with the media scrambling to protect him. Just imagine all the stuff we don’t hear about.

I don’t like to make predictions, but unless something changes dramatically in the next few months, I expect the republicans to crush it in congress in the mid terms, purely off of how much people are seeing that democrats are shit. I don’t expect them to be good either (you can never go wrong expecting republicans to choke in a cowardly fashion and let you down), however they aren’t the ones currently trying to turn America into a 3rd world country, so I’ll take it.

Happy Anniversary.

January 2022 Update Post

It’s a new year. 2021 was a very stupid year, but I did get a lot of writing done. So this is what I’ve got going on now, and what’s coming up.

Book Stuff

My next new release is Servants of War with Steve Diamond, which will be out March 1st.

The Gun Runner paperback just came out this week.

No Game For Knights is the next noir scifi/fantasy anthology after Noir Fatale, edited by me and Kacey Ezell. It is done, but I’m actually not sure the release date off the top of my head. (I think its summer 2022)

I’m currently working on Tower of Silence, book 4 of the Saga of the Forgotten Warrior.

After that I’ll be working on Monster Hunter Memoirs: Fever (with Jason Cordova).

There will also be a sequel to Lost Planet Homicide on Audible.

That’s the immediate future, after that will be the next main line series MHI novel after Bloodlines, and the 5th and final Saga of the Forgotten Warrior novel. The 2nd Grimnoir trilogy is still waiting for me to get around to it, and there’s another Monster Hunter Memoirs book with a different coauthor that I just signed the contracts for, but I don’t think there’s been an official announcement. I’m also doing a novella for David Weber’s War God series in a collection along with novellas from David, Jim Butcher, and more this year.

Other Stuff – There is a really fun announcement coming, but I kind of need to be on social media to push the kickstarter, and I’m currently banned (like usual!). No, sorry fan page, it’s not a TV show! It is something cool though. Hopefully I’ll be able to talk about that in a couple weeks.

We are in Writer Dojo season 2 now. Hopefully we will start recording some episodes with guest stars. The technically minded guys are working on getting all the bugs out of that now. I’ve been enjoying this.

Gritty Cop show has been on the back burner. I really need to finish that project, but I’ve been crazy busy.

Appearances – I was supposed to be at LTUE in a few weeks, but I’m out. I don’t feel like doing a bunch of useless anti-scientific bullshit to placate hypochondriac shitlibs on their power trip.

I will be at LibertyCon. I’m waiting for some communications from another con after I accepted their invite (seriously guys, answer your emails). A few others are up in the air.

Personal Stuff – It’s been a relatively mild winter on Yard Moose Mountain. I am saddened by the lack of snow plowing opportunities.

One of my kids did total one of our cars on black ice a few weeks back, which sucked (the kid is fine). Bear River Mutual Insurance was easy to work with. I bought a truck to replace it (since I’m plugging stuff, this is my 4th car from Ken Garff). I will not say what brand truck because I don’t want to get dragged into you peoples’ Ram vs. Ford vs. Chevy religious debates (I know how comment sections work!). It can pull a good sized trailer, I can put small trees in the bed, and my dog likes to ride in it.

I rarely talk about my kids online because I tick off too many crazy people, and crazy people love to yell at other people’s kids, but the biggest thing that’s happened for our family recently is one of my daughters has left on an mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She’ll be off having adventures and we won’t see her for a year and a half.

RIP Dave Wolverton/Farland

I just found out that author and all around great guy, Dave Wolverton (penname, Dave Farland) has passed away. That sucks. Dave was probably one of the nicest people in the writing business, who helped out more newbs and passed on more advice than any writer ever.

I’ve written about Dave before, specifically in that big post trying to explain why there are so many successful writers in Utah. He was one of the main reasons. He was a mentor, teacher, and elder statesman, who always made the time to help new writers. The man had a technical grasp on story and ability to explain it like no other.

I met Dave at a book signing in Utah, a really long time ago, when some bookstore gathered like twenty authors together for a mega signing… And then hardly any fans showed up so the writers just ended up hanging out and shooting the bull. (Brad Torgersen found some pics of that event and sent them to me this morning)

My very first book tour was driving Dave’s giant ancient Cadillac (I think it was a Caddy? Or something. It was very very wide) around southern California. He was going on tour with some other authors, some of them had to back out at the last minute, so they grabbed me and John Brown, because we were new guys, to fill in. Dave was who showed me how to go schmooze at book stores.

The scariest moment was me trying to park Dave’s giant tuna boat of a car in the only space left in an indoor parking garage in LA, between a Bugatti and a Maserati, and not dinging anybody’s doors. We hit dozens of bookstores in San Diego and LA over a few days, and we did this before GPS. So we spent a lot of time lost. 😀

I was with Dave the very first time I ever sat down and ate lunch with Hollywood producer types. I’ve often told the story about being with another writer in a trendy Hollywood restaurant while the studio people came up with increasingly awful ideas for who they wanted to cast as my characters, I’m freaking out, and how the other writer just whispered to me “Just let it go, they never care what the writers think.” That bit of career advice was from Dave.

Dave was a hell of a story teller, not just in books, but in person. He had a crazy upbringing. His childhood made mine look like Leave it to Beaver. But his all time greatest tale involved him going to China. There was crime, attempted blackmail, drugs, gun running, and undercover agents. The works. I’m laughing just thinking about it.

He is going to be missed by a lot of people. Dave made a difference in many lives.