Books I Read in 2013

Besides Harold and the Purple Crayon, The Nutcracker, and the hundreds of other books that I read to my kids this year, below is a list of grown up books that I read in 2013.

  1. Baghdad without a Map - Love you Tony. Great Read.
    Baghdad without a Map – Love you Tony. Great Read.

    The Old Man and The Sea – Ernest Hemingway

  2. The Fire Chronicle – John Stevens
  3. The Man Who Was Thursday – G.K. Chesterton
  4. Baghdad Without A Map and Other Misadventures in Arabia – Tony Horwitz
  5. The Graveyard Book – Neal Gaiman
  6. The Last Apprentice – Joseph Delaney
  7. The Lost World – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  8. Leave No Doubt A Credo for Chasing Your Dreams – Mike Babcock
  9. Artemis Fowl – Eoin Colfer
  10. Artemis Fowl The Arctic Incident – Eoin Colfer
  11. Artemis Fowl The Eternity Code – Eoin Colfer
  12. Artemis Fowl The Opal Deception – Eoin Colfer
  13. Artemis Fowl The Lost Colony – Eoin Colfer
  14. Artemis Fowl The Time Paradox – Eoin Colfer
  15. Harold and the Purple Crayon
    Harold and the Purple Crayon

    Artemis Fowl The Atlantis Complex – Eoin Colfer

  16. Artemis Fowl The Last Guardian – Eoin Colfer
  17. Zen in the Art of Writing – Ray Bradbury
  18. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
  19. Dad is Fat – Jim Gaffigan
  20. The Magician’s Elephant – Kate Dicamillo
  21. Big Fish – Daniel Wallace
  22. All Quiet on the Western Front – Erich Maria Remarque
  23. The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Neal Gaiman
  24. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – J.K Rowling
  25. Quitter – Jon Acuff
  26. All Quiet on the Western Front
    All Quiet on the Western Front

    Wintersmith – Terry Pratchett

  27. The Wee Free Men – Terry Pratchett
  28. The Children of Hurin – J.R.R. Tolkien
  29. The Last Battle – C.S. Lewis
  30. Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card
  31. Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
  32. Start – Jon Acuff
  33. Finding Atlantis – David King
  34. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle



Everything Has A Story

It’s been almost three years now since I’ve had a space to write. My two daughters took precedence over a writing area and this, alas, left no room for a desk or study. Now, however, the time has come for a writer retreat to take form in the basement of my fine new abode, and I am thrilled beyond words.

As I unpacked the items that would comprise this writer’s retreat I thought of the essentials. Books? Of course. A desk? A must have. Lamp? Yes indeed. However, as I pulled out a few other items from long forgotten storage in my garage, memories of when I bought these items or the individual who gave it to me flooded my mind. I realized these belongings, though second hand and quite old, have stories of their own to tell.

The first item I would like to draw your attention to is in the top right corner of the photo. It is a picture of two warships. I know it might seem silly to have a couple of random war vessels plastered on the wall, but these are not random. They are not mere warships but, rather, photos of two ships my deceased grandfather Robert Evenhouse served on during the Korean Conflict.

The next item that might (or might not) catch your eye is that simple black chair that sits in front of the desk. That belonged to my grandparents when they managed an apartment complex. They bought this chair, and an identical one, after my grandfather had a stroke. It exudes comfort and I am grateful to have inherited it.

Now, onto the prized possession of that plain light colored desk I use to compose my stories. That my dear friends cost me $85.00. Why would you pay $85.00 for a desk that you could probably buy for $30.00-$50.00? Simple, I was swindled by a salesman at a second hand shop. I have absolutely no clue as to what thinking at the time. I wager I was just too excited to have something to write on, apparently no matter the cost.

The last item, but not the least, is the futon. “Anyone make that mistake?” As Jim Gaffigan jokes, “There is never enough fu in the ta. It’s like sleepin’ on a grill.” This beauty was purchased eleven years ago and has served as a couch and bed in my dormitory at collage, the first couch my wife and I ever had, and is the current bed for my in-laws or sister-in-law to sleep when they visit.

All things travel.

All things have a history.

And, therefore everything has a story to tell.

Keep Writing,



The Cure for the Monday Blues

Monday presents many challenges. The morning rush, another week of school, and another week of work. These can greet us like a finger in the eye. However, I would like to use this blog to provide a little comedy along the way.

If you went bowling this weekend, this is for you. If not, it is for you all the same.

and if you went camping…