My Adventures in Time‑Traveling Excerpt

Here is a little excerpt from the story.  Now keep in mind that this is from the first draft, so it might have typos and could undergo some changes. If I had known that my entire life was going to change that day, I’d have worn a better tie. Yes, I know that’s an odd way to start a story, but I’m an odd sort of guy, so there you have it. The day started out like an average workday with nary a clue that it was going to turn out otherwise.  Not counting burnt toast, breakfast was uneventful.  Ditto for the trip to the office.  My plan was to get my morning caffeine fix at the espresso stand in my office building.  I never did get my four-shot double mocha that day, which was a real bummer because it was the flavor of the month. I had just gotten out of my car and was heading for the office entrance when a green-eyed, auburn-haired beauty suddenly pulled up in a black sports car and said through the open window, “Come with me if you want to live.”  No, I’m not making that up, and, yes, I know it’s straight … Continue reading

How “My Adventures in Time‑Traveling” Came to Be

Seven years ago, out of the blue, a sentence suddenly popped into my brain: “If I had known that my entire life was going to change that day, I’d have worn a better tie.” Thus was born my time-traveling story that’s taken all these years to complete a first draft.  No, I’m not kidding you.  It actually started with the creation of that opening sentence.  Of course, then I had to come up with an actual story to go with it. The foundation of the novel, what the whole thing’s built upon, is its leading man, Michael Greyson.  It was character first, plot second.  Michael is an amalgamation of Daniel Jackson and Jack O’Neill of Stargate SG-1, blending character traits from both of them, plus some that are all his own.  His personality shaped the plot, taking it in directions it wouldn’t have if he had been a more serious character.  And that is something I didn’t want this story to be, all seriousness.  I knew right from the start that there had to be a whole lot of humor in it to counter the very serious events taking place. Like with most of my longer fan fiction stories, this … Continue reading