Your Moment of TrekZen.*

They’re not just for breakfast, anymore.


Gorn Flakes: When you need breakfast to be merciful and quick.

(* = inspired by the “Your Moment of Zen” segments from The Daily Show)


Your Moment of TrekZen*.

Yet another overlooked piece of the Star Trek mythos I think is waaaaaaaaaaaay overdue for a comeback.

Tell me I’m wrong.


Another in a series of…”interesting” choices so far as early day Star Trek merchandising. One of my Writing Bucket List items is to see to it that this bad boy ends up in a Star Trek story at some point. By hook or by crook, I will do this…….

(* = inspired by the “Your Moment of Zen” segments from The Daily Show)

Your Moment of TrekZen*.

Somewhere, in an alternate timeline, these books exist, and they are glorious.


This little slice of awesome was created by an artist who goes by the handle of “Johnny Radar.” Over on his DeviantArt page, this is just one of several such mock book covers he’s rendered which re-imagine various Star Trek episodes, characters, etc. as old-school pulpy SF covers from the days of yesteryear. As a collector of such tomes, this sort of thing just tickles my funny bone. There are a few I’d love to have as prints, because they’re Just. That. Cool.

If you’re a fan of Star Trek and/or classic SF cover art, then be sure to wander over and check out Johnny Radar’s work.

(* = inspired by the “Your Moment of Zen” segments from The Daily Show)

So, about that Ticonderoga trip….

I waited a week to see if the buzz from our excursion to the Star Trek Original Series Set Tour would wear off. Nope. Still there, and it renews itself every single time I look at photos of our little field trip.


For those tuning in late, last weekend (May 5-7), my writing partner and hetero life mate, Kevin Dilmore, and I traveled to scenic Ticonderoga, New York. I’d never visited that area of the state before, and it is as beautiful as advertised. I can definitely see a return trip to that part of the country, ideally as part of a road trip which would take me up into the New England region and other places I’ve never visited (looking at you, Boston, etc.).

So, Kevin and I joined fellow Star Trek word makers Keith R. A. DeCandidoMichael Jan FriedmanDave GalanterDavid R. George III, Bob Greenberger, Glenn Hauman, Bill LeisnerDavid MackScott Pearson,  and Aaron Rosenberg for what ended up being something very special. Wanna see?

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“Where’s My Book, 2016 Edition” – We haz winnahs!

The votes are in, the poll is closed, and the winners are now known!

First place, earning 13 votes, is Jim Johnson:


Second place with 11 votes is Gloria Johnston Porter:


And in third place with 9 votes, Kimberly Winn Underwood (who also happens to be my cousin. 🙂 ):


Each will receive an autographed “advance reader copy” of my upcoming 24 novel Trial By Fire. This isn’t the actual book that will be turning up in stores on or about August 23rd, but instead a printed version of the final document I got to review for any last-minute changes before the manuscript went to the printer. I’m not allowed to sell these things and there aren’t a whole lot of them made, and some book hounds consider them collector’s items of one sort or another. Your mileage may vary.

So, JIM! GLORIA! KIM! Send me mailing info via e-Mail to, so I can get things rolling.

For those who may be curious, here are the final poll results:

Thanks very much to everyone who took the time to send in pics and/or vote in the poll. Maybe we’ll do it again next summer. 🙂

Where’s My Book? 2016 Edition: The Poll!


Yep, I can hear some of you saying it. “What the hell’s he waiting for? Let’s get on with this!”

Okay. Okay. I get it.

The deadline’s closed and the pics are in! We had some interesting ones, dayton-24this time around, that’s for sure. In the interests of fairness, I opted to leave entries to the final poll at two per person, which made it hard to choose from those of you who sent in multiple pictures. Many, many thanks to those who opted to play my silly little game. 🙂

Now it’s your turn to decide! Vote for your favorites! Select as few or as many as you want, but let’s have some voting! The top three vote-getters will get an autographed Advance Reader Proof copy of Trial By Fire, my forthcoming 24 novel which isn’t due in stores until August 23rd.

The poll will run from Tuesday evening through Sunday, July 31st, with winners formally announced on August 1st.

So, what have we got in the way of pictures? Have a look,  then get on with the voting!

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It’s a #WheresDaytonsBook update!

dayton-24People are busy, yo.

A couple of weeks ago, I announced that it was open season for the 2016 Edition of “Wheres My Book?” The premise is simple: Since it’s vacation season, find cool places or people in your travels, and if you happen to have a copy of one of my books (print or electronic format), snap a pic with it along with the interesting person or thing. At the end of the “contest” period (July 24th), I plan to rig up a poll and let people decide their favorites. The top 3 vote-getters will each receive a copy of the Advance Uncorrected Proof of my forthcoming 24 novel, Trial By Fire, ahead of its official publication on August 23rd. Sure to be a collector’s item or at least perfect for balancing that wobbly table or desk, I only have a scant few copies of this so when they’re gone, they’re gone!

Oh, and about the pics? A few folks are already on it.

My cousin got the ball rolling quickly, as she and her family were in the midst of a vacation road trip. She found Devil’s Tower in Wyoming (aka, “That weird mountain from Close Encounters of the Third Kind”) and the grave of Wild Bill Hickock in Deadwood, South Dakota:

Elsewhere, Tom Sharp found both sports and space make for good photo ops:

Michael Poteet visited the City of Brotherly Love to provide us with a bit of historical flair:

(I see what you did there, dude.)

And Mike Tripp hit us from New York, where the restored Shuttlecraft Galileo is currently on display with the Space Shuttle Enterprise at the U.S.S. Intrepid Museum:


And even though it’s a magazine article we did rather than one of our books, I’m so totally counting this one from Neil S. Bulk because look what’s in the background!!!!


(Hint: “Yippie Kai Yay, Mother Fu……..”)

These are just some quick favorites from each of these folks. Don’t let them hog all the action! Check out the so-called “guidelines” and then have a little fun!

(And please try to avoid getting arrested or killed along the way, all right?)

Where’s My Book? 2016 Edition!

Okay, okay, okay. I’ve been talked into it. I was reluctant to do it after letting things slide last summer, but enough folks asked after it that I decided to go with it again, albeit with some changes to make sure we stay on task, this time.

Once again, we’re into the summer vacation season, and I want to make sure that I’m not completely forgotten as you head off to destinations near and far. What better way to do that than to dangle a prize or three while finding a not-so subtle way to worm my way into your lives and consciousness. It’s a way to combat the rather solitary existence that’s a large part of every writer’s existence. The fact that it’s also something of a cheesy promotional ploy is entirely coincidental. Honest.

I’ve been getting pictures from people who’ve found my books on store shelves for years, now. A few years ago, I decided to up that game a bit after seeing something the always awesome Wil Wheaton had put into motion earlier that same year, and thought, “Hey! I can annoy my readers in a whole new way!

The result: “Where’s My Book?”

Here’s the deal: If you’re reading this and planning to take one of my/mine and Kevin’s books with you to read (paperback or e-Book edition) to some vacation destination, or even if you happen to be going somewhere cool or unusual that’s local to you, then let’s see some pictures!

Have a costumed performer pose with the book at Disneyland or Universal Studios. Lean it up against that sandcastle your kid’s building on the beach. Find a cosplayer at a convention who’s willing to play along. Make one of my fellow writers pose with it at some other convention (profane hand gestures optional). Hand it to a stripper or Hooters girl (or Tallywackers dude. We’re not so suburban, here.). If you live near something unique or unusual, let’s see a shot with that. Go nuts. Extra points awarded for originality as well as sheer lunacy.

Some of my favorite examples from previous iterations of this exercise, as provided by readers near and far:

Area 51, yo!

TomSharp01There they are!


Brings back a few memories…

A dame to write for!

And so on. You get the idea. 🙂

So, the idea’s simple: Send in you pics, either directly to me via e-Mail or just post them in the comments section here, or in the corresponding update on Facebook. Or, hit me up on Twitter with the hashtag #‎WheresDaytonsBook.

(NOTE: Pics from previous editions of this game are not eligible. Except maybe for that one with Carla Gugino, because I can’t…seem…to…find…that…one….)

To avoid having this thing get lost in the shuffle like last time, we’ll put a limit on it for this go-around. We’ll accept pics between starting from the moment this post goes live, until 11:59PM on Sunday, July 24th (see how I made sure San Diego Comic Con was in there?). Once that’s done, I’ll set up a poll so people can vote for their favorites, and the top 3 vote-getters will each be eligible for a copy of what is sure to be a collector’s item:


Yep, an advance, uncorrected proof of my forthcoming 24 novel, Trial By Fire. Be among the first to read this bad boy, weeks ahead of the book’s official release date!

All righty, then. Who’s up for some fun?