Meet Red Hill

While I’m developing Book 3, and there isn’t much to share yet, here are some reference photos I thought  you might find interesting.


This photo, courtesy of the Niagara Falls Public Library, shows the incline on the American side that takes you down to the base of the American Falls. In the upper right, you can see part of the Horseshoe Falls. Some ice bridges freeze the surface all the way to the Horseshoe Falls. The 1912 ice bridge was a frozen strip from the incline across the river to the Canadian side. The huge mounds of snow at the base of the falls are actually formed from freezing mist. People used to ride sleds down those slopes!

Ice Bridge with Shanties.

Ice Bridge with Shanties.

Here is a better shot of the ice bridge. As you can see, the shanties are lined up from one shore to the other. The incline on the far shore is in the USA, next to the American Falls. So, how would you like to take a stroll with me out across the ice bridge to buy a snooker of whiskey or a photo of a stuntman? Haha, just kidding.

Red Hill and son

Red Hill and son

This is Red Hill, the guy on the left with all the medals. His son is to the right. Red is legendary as the Riverman. Kind of a River Whisperer, if you will. He and his family are responsible for countless rescues and body recoveries in the Niagara. Red was a dare devil, too. He shot the rapids in a barrel that took him down to the whirlpool, and survived.

Book 3 starts out with Red, as he prepares his souvenir shanty to be set out on the ice bridge. Burrell and Iggy are still on the train, just passing the Erie Station in North East, PA. and soon approaching Buffalo, NY.

Red Hill was quite a character, and I hope to capture that in both the text and the pictures, although it would take volumes to tell his whole story. I’d like this section of the book to be a small biopic of Red, who was also a hero at the ice bridge of 1912 and who really deserves a book of his own!


Gearing Up for Book 3

Feels great to have two books done! I took a short break and worked on my pen and ink skills, and in doing so, produced a children’s book called “A Bunny’s Sojourn”! This book will also serve as an excellent adult coloring book… moms or grandmothers can finish the illustrations with colored pencils, and then share the story with little ones. It is temporarily on the catalog page of HecockGraphicNovel, until I can rebuild my main art site, The story and drawings were created from my observations and photos of a baby rabbit that lived in my faerie garden for a month last year. If you want a signed copy, and you live in the USA, order through the website. But as of next week, it should also be available at any online book store, in Canada, UK, and other countries. Here is the cover and a few pages.

Now, back to Hecock, More That Meets the Eye.

Front cover of A Bunny's Sojourn

Front cover of A Bunny’s Sojourn

Thistle coloring page 2


Book 2 Update and What’s New on the Blog?

Good Sunday to all! This is what it looks like around my place: (this is a page from book 2) img0026

Jinx the Junket, Book 2 is now all packaged up in neat little envelopes, ready to ship on Monday. I missed my special date of January 22, but no mind, the 24th is as good as any! Boy, did we get slammed with snow yesterday!

Take a look around the site… I’ve added Book 2 to the store on Books and Goods, and on the Taradiddle page, you’ll find three new downloads! They are the cutest little ink drawings, even if I do say so myself, and would be wonderful coloring pages for children or adults!  Feel free to download and print for your enjoyment.

Keep warm, folks!

Book 2 Approved

This morning I got the word that the books are printed and were shipped this a.m. As the old gospel song rings: Soon, yes very soon…

Here’s a little quirky thing no one knows about me, but now you do… I’m not superstitious, but I have a thing for numbers and dates. One little tendency is to finish important things on dates that are already meaningful to me. For example, I always try to finish a painting on someone’s birth date. That someone is usually one of my parents or children or grandchildren. There are times I choose a death date of someone I loved. Which brings me to the ship date for Book 2! The books should be here within a few days, and I will probably ship them on January 22, the 21st anniversary of my dad’s death (I like calling it his Feast day, but the Church reserves that title for canonized saints.)

Okay! Now you know I’m weird with no uncertainty. As promised, I’ll be sending my Kickstarter backers a little extra something with Book 2… Coloring pages! It’s all the rage for adults to color intricate ink drawings. I’ll be sharing the first three pages from a little book I’m putting together about a bunny that wandered into my fairy garden, based on a true event. (view a drawing in a previous post about Thistle: Oct. 11, 2015) If you did not get in on my Kickstarter campaign, but really like the bunny drawings, a few of the pages will be available for FREE download on the Taradiddle page.

Hecock, Book 2: Jinx the Junket will be for sale in my store on this site, soon, yes very soon!

God Bless.


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

To all my readers, I hope you had a marvelous and blessed holiday and that this new year holds many more blessings for all.

It was a long recovery, but I’m back on my feet after three weeks of fighting asthma and that darned coughing virus that is going around. What an inconvenient time to get sick! Thank you for your patience for the delay of Book Two. Here is a peek at the cover:

Jinx the Junket cover

Most people won’t notice, but I’ll give you heads up: the map on the back cover on this book is Cleveland, late 1800’s, with the Union Depot right at the water’s edge. Wondering now what was on the back of the first book?

I have but one tiny half page to finish inside… the very last page… the preview of the next book, actually. And then it’s off to the proof reader, and then to the printers.

You might be interested to know that I’ve made some MAJOR changes to Book Three. It may just be the final book of the series, so I suppose, technically, this could be a trilogy, not a series. Worry not your pretty little heads: sneak peeks will be trickling into your inbox. And if you are slated to be a character in the story, this is the one! Lot’s of cool characters will be introduced. Two cameo characters are in Book Two already. Well, enough of me giving away all my secrets.

Be at peace, my friends. Let’s make 2016 a year to remember.


Advent and Comixology

Today is the beginning of Advent, a time of anticipation and hope. May your Advent be full of blessings, ending with a glorious Christmas, the birthday of Christ.

As I work on Book 2 of Hecock, I look forward to the exciting day I ship eighty five books all over the world, to my Kickstarter Backers. The next step is to come up with new ways to put my books in the hands of more readers. While word-of-mouth is one of the most effective tools, (and I thank you sincerely for any promotion of “Hecock” books and blog, from you to your friends and relatives,) something more global is called for.

Therefore, I am exploring where they sell web comics that can be read on tablets, computers or even smart phones. The books must pass approval, and I’ll keep you posted. Take a look at my new company logo for Miller House Publishers, which is required by Comixology.


Web comics are a great alternative to printed comics if you 1. do not want to store books, and 2. want to spend less per book (print version is $9.99, web comic $2.99)

To find my books at Comixology, you will be able to search by Title, Publisher, or Creator, so please spread the word as soon as “Hecock” gets approved. Of course, all books will be available in print from this blog, or,,, or of Columbus, OH.

Looking forward to December and all its wonders!