Category Archives: Writing Inspirations

Where do I get my ideas from? What inspired some of the concepts and characters in my stories? Well, I’m about to tell you…

“The Hat”

  I just had a reader tell me I “bear a striking resemblance to Terry Pratchett.” Such flattery! If you aren’t aware of him, he’s an English fantasy author that has been one of my favorite authors for many years. … Continue reading

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The Senate on Alcandor’s World

On Alcandor’s world, in Bernie and the Putty, there was a special place where the Senate met in a huge amphitheater next to the Senate’s Office Building.  This is the picture that inspired that meeting place. I can almost imagine … Continue reading

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What is a Shimmer?

A godly shimmer surrounds all the gods in my stories.  It is inspired by two concepts. Each god has an inner glow that shines with a brightness that makes it hard for ‘mortal’ creatures to look directly at them.  The … Continue reading

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The Great Protector

In Bernie and the Putty, Bernie takes on the role of the Great Protector.  When it’s time for him to make first contact, Lenny convinces him that he should wear a robe with grey hair and a beard.  “It will … Continue reading

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Air Angels

In Bernie and the Putty, the lookies had a harrowing encounter with two air angels. The concept for air angels comes from two fish I used to have when I kept fresh water aquariums as a kid. The first was … Continue reading

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Bernie’s Two-Legged Snakes

In Bernie and the Lost Girl, Bernie shows Lenny and Suzie some of the creatures that live in the woods. One creature is called a two-legged snake.  It had the ability to drop off its tail when threatened, which left … Continue reading

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The Howlers

In Bernie and the Lost Girl, there is a scene where the children run into a group of giant apes who howl at them. This is the photo that inspired that scene.  They’re called Howler Monkeys and are native to … Continue reading

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The Putty

When Bernie left the universe building putty on the planet, strange things began to happen. The putty, being an essence of creative energy, ‘reached out’ in an attempt to ‘become’ something.  It was pure creation looking for substance.  It wanted … Continue reading

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The Monster Storms

In Bernie and the Putty, Billy created monster storms that ravaged Bernie’s world.  The raw power he put into these powerful storms caused them to set fire to everything that would burn. This is the picture that inspired my description … Continue reading

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What Does Bernie’s Dad Look Like?

What about Bernie’s dad, the Great Simeon? He was a challenge.  Simeon is a world re-known universe builder who won an unprecedented THREE Universe Awards.  Unfortunately, the fame went to his head and he left his family behind in his … Continue reading

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