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I write, teach, and travel. Grab a seat, and learn how I left the real world behind. – John  

Went CHEAP and Got Lucky

February 10th, 2018|Comments Off on Went CHEAP and Got Lucky

Author John Wilkerson

I took a foray into a group mixer I found on Meetup a few days ago. We gathered at CHEAP restaurant and spent the evening trading wild stories about our travels. The restaurant located in South Tampa is in an area I use to frequent many years ago. Back when we were all a little bit young and on the prowl. I get ahead of myself; on the prowl is not the right word. We were unattached and trying to navigate the perils of meeting people. This was before the ease of social media and smart phones capable of launching lunar rockets. Turns out the same obstacles exist as you reach your adult years, but now we have technology to assist with the endeavor.

Dennis our host had arranged for everyone attending to get valet parking. I was directed to the […]

Free Cosplay Ray Gun – Giveaway

February 8th, 2018|Comments Off on Free Cosplay Ray Gun – Giveaway

Ray Gun Author John WilkersonI was cleaning out the  workshop and found this ray gun. I must have made it for a costume but can’t remember for what convention. It’s going in the box for one lucky winner. It’s a great costume prop for  Cosplay, Steampunk, Dieselpunk or as a cool sci fi weapon. Join the Giveaway and enter your chance to win.

I’ve also included a stack of books with the Giveaway. I’ll ship the whole bundle to you free, shipping included. United States only.


Piles of books litter the floor of my office. […]

Inspiration is everywhere

January 24th, 2018|Comments Off on Inspiration is everywhere

I keep a digital recorder with me at all times. I have a good one where I dictate notes or blog articles for later conversation by Dragon text-to-speech, but in a pinch, I can use my smartphone.

Digital Recorder John Wilkerson AuthorHaving the recorder paid dividends yesterday. I helped my sister deliver an art project she completed near downtown Tampa, Florida. When we arrived at the home, It turned out to have been owned by a local judge at the turn of the 20th century. The stories the new owners […]

John’s road trip to Nova Scotia

January 21st, 2018|Comments Off on John’s road trip to Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia Author John WilkersonI’m planning a road trip. The online educational classes release in early February, and I have three books in process of editing or writing. It’s going to be a great year, and with some luck, I will be in London and Edinburg over the summer researching the third Rye Ironstone book. Big teaser… Rye and Gael are helping the English version of Special Bureau One solve a most delicate issue. And we all know Rye is as subtle as a hammer. I won’t get too deep into the […]

Do I give the antagonist a POV scene?

January 14th, 2018|Comments Off on Do I give the antagonist a POV scene?

author john wilkerson antagonistA few days ago, I spent an afternoon with my critique group. We met at the local library, and spent three hours discussing the concept the point of view (POV). As we plunged into the topic, an interesting fact I knew about myself became known to the group.  I have never written a novella, short story, or worked on a novel where I have given a scene to an antagonist.  All of my writings to date are always around the protagonist.

They questioned me on this, and I wasn’t quite […]

Tips to help edit your writing

January 5th, 2018|6 Comments

Typewriter John Wilkerson AuthorThis is the guide I created to help me edit. I keep track of my problem words and search them out with the intensity of a bloodhound. If you want it in an easily printable PDF, join the email newsletter and I’ll attach the PDF in the welcome email. It’s formatting is much better than this webpage.

The PDF contains the following heading: Useless Words, Special Punctuation and Lettering, Adverbs, Adjectives, Passive Sentences

Useless Words


These words do not add impact and are distracting. So, they are really vague and make […]

Senses as a writers tool

December 19th, 2017|Comments Off on Senses as a writers tool

In the writer’s world of storytelling, we speak of how to use the five senses. Smell is a sense I try to incorporate into every story. Our noses have the ability to awaken lost memories, and transport us to locations far faster than any other device.

Recently, I found myself visiting a family member in a convalescent home. As I walked down the hall, I could smell the lingering stink of loose bowels, and astringent cleanser. Mixed with the freshly laid floor wax, and the sweetness of unwashed bodies; a multitude of youthful […]

Necronomicon is this weekend and I’m hosting discussion panels

October 17th, 2017|Comments Off on Necronomicon is this weekend and I’m hosting discussion panels

Necronomicon 2017Somehow I ended up hosting all the discussion panels I signed on to participate in. It’s either going to be a riot of fun or slugfests.

Here are is my schedule and the questions I will be presenting to the panels.

Necronomicon Questions 2017

Friday 4:00                Story Crafting: Are you over thinking the story?              Host

Ire, Ludwigsen, Hatfield, DiChario, Kane

Are you a plodder or a plotter?

How do you use technology to plot a story? Paper and pencil, spreadsheets, Scrivener?

Is a story outline necessary and if so, when?

Character emotions and how the reader relates are extremely […]

Created, The Destroyer (The Destroyer #1)

October 3rd, 2017|Comments Off on Created, The Destroyer (The Destroyer #1)

Remo has been my hero since I read my first Destroyer book in 1980. An old cranky, but warm hearted martial arts teacher tries to bring life and enlightenment to the epitome of modern day American social detachment.  His partner Remo revolted to the classical eastern philosophy, and in the end they were a team created to save the word one soap opera at a time.

We all knew the books were written around Remo, but we all longed to see what mischief Chiun could stir into the pot of political incorrectness. Was this first title great? No, but it did […]

How to get started in Action and Fantasy Writing – Tampa Bay Comic Con

August 1st, 2017|Comments Off on How to get started in Action and Fantasy Writing – Tampa Bay Comic Con

Tampa Bay Comic Con 2017 was a blast. I sat down with several authors at the ACTION AND FANTASY WRITING: HOW DO YOU GET STARTED panel and answered questions for the audience. What a treat.

On the panel – ‘left to right.’


How to get started in Action and Fantasy Writing – Part 1

How to […]

Greek Helmet Tampa Bay Comic Con Giveaway

July 28th, 2017|Comments Off on Greek Helmet Tampa Bay Comic Con Giveaway


Look what I found in the back closet. Some wayward Greek adventure must have stopped by years ago and left his helmet. Not sure what I would do with it a crazy Greek helmet. Maybe someone would want it for Cosplay, SCA, Reenactors, Fantasy, or a rockin’ night on the town. Padding included, ready to wear. Size: Adult. All steel construction.