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This is chapter 24 of my novel, Foreign, I publish a new chapter each week at noon(ish) on Friday. If you want to catch up on previous chapters, check out the archives here. Make sure to subscribe to my blog so you’ll get each new chapter right when it comes out. And spread the word if you like what you’re reading.




    “Wait. What?” Mark couldn’t believe what he had heard.

    “I think your people are still alive. I don’t know how many by now, or if they’ve stayed in the same place. But I want you to find out.” Hauzel explained.

    Justin sputtered, “But we wouldn’t even know where to look.”

    “I do.” Hauzel said, directing their attention to the map. “Look here. Tielmetra is seated in the heart of the Monten Tal Tiel where the Tielrina runs down from Tielmonta over here.”

    “In the heart of the what? By the what? Down from the what?” Justin asked. Continue Reading…

Today is my birthday. I’m now 28 years old.

I am sitting in a Quality Inn near Interstate 57, in Marion, Illinois. I’ve been sitting in the car for twelve hours, Lylah doesn’t really want to go to sleep, and I’ve been sick all week.

This is not how I planned to spend my birthday.

Brad as he came home

A month ago, today, I was getting ready for youth group on a Wednesday night when my dad called me at church. He told me that my brother, Brad, had been in a motorcycle accident, and he was in critical condition. Continue Reading…