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Found an iPad – Not Giving it Back

Some people make it too easy.

I was walking through an alley and found a bag. It must have fallen out of someone’s car. Inside I found some Medicare brochures, a pack of gum and-

An iPad

I have no way to plug it in to charge it, but now I’ll at least have a way to post to the website about my travels. Right now I’m setting up shop under the Whittier St. bridge, but I totally plan on finding a warmer spot in the near future.

The other dudes around here are fine, but they’re not always too happy to see me. I think they can tell I’m not one of them.

Every once in a while a truck comes around and drops off some food. I haven’t been around for that, but if it happens I’ll keep you posted.

Homelessness in the US

Homelessness is a complicated subject when it comes to crime. It has been shown previously that homelessness is a strong predictor of criminality. I don’t know why this is the case. It could be that homeless people simply have no options other than crime in order to fulfill basic human needs. It could also be that the over-representation of the mentally ill in the homeless population could cause an increased tendency toward criminality. It could also be that people are homeless because they have committed crimes in the past and cannot get jobs because of their criminal records. Homelessness might also just drive people crazy.

I don’t know if any of that is true. I’m really interested in this topic. Does anybody have any insights into the reason why so many people who are in jail have also been homeless at one time or another? Why do so many homeless people have criminal records? As someone who writes about crime for a living, I feel that it’s my duty to understand every aspect of criminality.

Help me out.

I need some insight.

Parts 1 & 2 are here for $0.99!

Hi everybody,
Parts 1&2 of Capital Offense are on sale for Kindle today for $0.99. This includes the entire novel so far, as well as three chapters from part three.
But now we need people to get on board. $0.99 is a pretty good price for a book like this. It’s fun, sometimes frightening, and always a little off-kilter. If anyone has a Kindle, it would mean so much if you would download it today.
Part 3 will be available at the end of January.

Kurt’s Assistant: Looking Awkward in Public

ashleyAs Kurt’s assistant, I’m starting to think my main job is to appear maladjusted.

I’m Ashley, and I take care of most of Kurt’s social media.  Recently, I drove downtown to get some photos near the Statehouse for our Instagram account.  After wandering around the building for a while, I decided to get a few shots of a COTA bus for Chapter 39.  I saw one coming and got out my cell phone, took a few, and rounded the corner to get some more.  Then I heard someone behind me.

“You takin’ a picture of the bus?”

I kept walking.

He wasn’t going to let me off that easily.  “Hey lady!  You takin’ a picture of the bus?”

I looked over my shoulder.  There were at least a couple of guys following me now.  “Yes, I’m very interesting,” I said, and headed toward the bus stop.

Apparently they had nothing better to do, and they went with me.  One guy said to me, “I thought you was takin’ a picture of that building.”

Then the other guy was like, “naw man, she’s takin’ a picture of the bus!  I said take a picture of me!  Don’t take a picture of the bus!”

I had nowhere to go while I was waiting, and my audience was about to see me snap a few more bus shots, so I figured I’d explain.  “It’s for a project,” I said.

“Ohhhhhh I gotcha, I gotcha.  I was lookin’ at my buddies like, she’s from the country or


somethin’, takin’ a picture of the bus.”  I laughed, got my shots, and left, glad I didn’t have the peanut gallery with me when I crawled out of a drain pipe for Part I.



I’ll pause to let that sink in…

“83 what?” you ask.

We hit number 83 on Amazon’s Serial Novel list of top sellers! Click on the link to see it offered on Amazon:

“I thought you were listing it on the web,” you ask.

We are. And if you’ve been following my website,, you know that the first act has been completed. So my publisher packaged it up and offered it on Amazon!

“Why both options?” you ask.

Some people don’t like to read serial novels a chapter at a time, so my publisher is offering it on Amazon for .99 on Kindle. Even though you can read it online for free, there are many people who like the story enough to purchase the first act. I am so thankful to everyone who has enjoyed the story thus far in serial format and am equally appreciative of those who would pluck down a buck to have the story for themselves. It’s people like you who are keeping us starving artists alive and able to offer new, innovative stories.

If you have enjoyed the novel so far and would like to support it, then please click on the Amazon link above. With your help, the novel could a top ten seller of serial novels!

Don’t forget to check out the book on Facebook and Twitter too.

Part Two Starts Today!

After a week break, Part Two: Fight of my crime thriller Capital Offense begins its online release today!

Kurt Stevens (also the name of my main character) is in the thick of it.  There’s no turning back now.  He only has one option – see how deep the rabbit hole goes.

Don’t miss a minute of the action.  It’s completely free, with new chapters released every weekday at

The pace of the book gets faster and faster as it progresses.  The characters have been built, the setting is established and the conflict is there, now it gets real and the characters can really take off in this world.  I’m confident that you’ll love it.

If you have even half as much fun reading it as I had writing it, you’re in for a real treat.

It’s all at  Check it out today and bookmark it.  You can also get notifications of new chapters by “liking” the book on Facebook, or following me on Twitter.

Capital Offense: Part One: Flight Now Available for Amazon Kindle!

Capital Offense Part One FlightPart One: Flight of my debut book, Capital Offense, is now available as an e-book from!

Find Capital Offense: Part One: Flight on here.

Capital Offense is released 100% free online, with new chapters every weekday, at  For those that prefer the comfort of reading on your Kindle, or want a way to catch up with the action, the Kindle book is a great option.

The complete novel will be released online through January 31, and will be released as a Kindle book in three parts over the same time frame.  Once the entire book has been released, my publisher will also distribute it just like normal as a print book or e-book through regular channels.

Part 2 kicks to life (or death) on Monday, October 21, 2013 at

Grab Capital Offense: Part One: Flight and get caught up on this exciting, fast-paced crime thriller today!

Thanks for supporting my work, and thanks for supporting independent publishing.

Like Jeni’s Ice Cream? Win a Gift Card = Free Ice Cream

Like ice cream?  What about really good ice cream?  How about THE BEST ice cream?  Yah, me too.

Check this out and grab this gift card for Jeni’s Ice Cream.

My publisher, Columbus Press, is currently running a contest on the Facebook page for my book, Capital Offense.

All you have to do is “like” the Facebook page, and the click the “giveaways” tab to enter.  One person will be chosen and sent a gift card.  Nice!

Find the Capital Offense Facebook page here.

The contest ends at the end of the day on Friday.  So get there and take care of business.  Unless you don’t like awesome ice cream.