Roy M. Griffis

For my reading friends:

Introducing Sarah Hoyt

Author Sarah Hoyt is a very accomplished writer and an awfully interesting lady. She was born, raised, and largely educated in Portugal, before striking out for the freedom of the United States. She writes in a variety of genres (like an old-school pulp master, and a lot like your humble narrator), and is also one of the most fiercely patriotic Americans I know.

This week, “Other Rhodes (Rhodes Mysteries Book 1),” the first book in one of her many Science Fiction series is on sale. ย 

To really get a full taste of her many novels (including cozy mysteries), check out her website atย  She really does have something for almost anyone who loves to read.


Let the self-pimping commence!

The first book in myย  new comic fantasy series, ๐‚๐ญ๐ก๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ก๐ฎ, ๐€๐ฆ๐š๐ฅ๐ ๐š๐ฆ๐š๐ญ๐ž๐ is on sale December 7 – 11.

๐‘พ๐’‰๐’‚๐’•’๐’” ๐’‚ ๐’๐’Š๐’„๐’† ๐‘บ๐’‰๐’๐’ˆ๐’ˆ๐’๐’•๐’‰ ๐’๐’Š๐’Œ๐’† ๐’‰๐’Š๐’Ž ๐’…๐’๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’Š๐’ ๐’‚ ๐’…๐’–๐’Ž๐’‘ ๐’๐’Š๐’Œ๐’† ๐’•๐’‰๐’Š๐’”?

Narg was content working as a Damnation Services-10 in HR. Sure, he was related to one of the Elder Gods, but a little nepotism never hurt any Thing. His life was just wailing and gibbering, right up until his Uncle needed a small favor from his nephew.

All Narg had to do was go down among the humans…and pretend to be one of ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’๐‘š.


๐“๐ก๐ž๐ฌ๐ž ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐†๐ซ๐š๐ง๐๐Ÿ๐š๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ’๐ฌ ๐ญ๐š๐ฅ๐ž๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐„๐ฅ๐๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐œ๐ก ๐‡๐จ๐ซ๐ซ๐จ๐ซ: this is the untold story of the ghastly, unappreciated (and entirely expendable) minor

Writer Problems

Not tryin' to save anybody's life here

But it’s damned annoying.

Dunno about any of you, but I kind of have a clock in my head (it takes up more mental space the older I get, but that’s a confession for another time).ย  ย The clock is multi-functional, tracking hours, days, years, and regret…yes, I had to pay extra to get that feature installed.

Regardless, yesterday I was printing a copy of my next, as-yet unreleased novelย  (The Auditors of Doom) for my son to read and I happened to notice that the formatting on the internal dialogue was incorrect.ย  It should be in italics, but most of it was in normal text.

For what it’s worth, it turns

An Idea Occurred To Me

An idea so crazy it might just work

As Babykat's expression attests, this is not my first time at the wacky idea rodeo
One thing I love is getting reactions from readers.ย  Whether Amazon reviews, comments on my webpage, responses to my Facebook posts, or even emails directly to me, I dig almost all of them.
While the odd bit of praise is certainly gratifying, one of the most unexpected pleasures of those interactions are the stories readers will sometimes tell.
Like the lady in New Zealand who worked in the swingin’ 60s for director and comedian Peter Cook (best known in America as the bishop with a weird speech impediment in “The Princess Bride,” but very cutting edge at

The Change of Seasons and

"Fall" makes me reflect too much

New tech, old ca

The days get cooler, leaves slip silently to the ground, the lush grass grows stiff and brown.ย  In the clear skies of East Texas, I can see the wide, fluid V of different species of birds heading to their winter homes.

Our senior cat, Felix, is nearly 20 years old.ย  He’s getting thinner, eating less, but always happy to sit on our laps, and just purr at the joy of being with me, my wife, my son, even my mother-in-law.

But he won’t be part of our family much longer, and that will be the closing of another small but significant chapter in our lives.

I look at that old typewriter, and it reminds

Le Interview du Jour

The Radio Show was fun

We did talk about the new novel series, Cthulhu, Amalgamated,ย but we also covered quite a bit on writing process, inspiration, and stuff like that.ย  I believe it was the first time I said “splooge” live on the air.

Like I said, I thought it was fun (and not too much “inside baseball” talk).ย  But you’ll get to be the judge of that.ย  Take a listen.ย ย Click here for the audio from this week’s interview.ย 

On the other hand, if you’re interested in learning a lot more about how theย By The Hands of Men series began, click the image below to listen to the first interview I did withย The Writer’s Block back in

The website battle is over…

The Website Battle is over...

Artist's representation, images not to scale

But the website war will continue on another front.

For instance, one of the early fans ofย ย The Thing From HR pointed out it’s not on my book pageย  and the very fun cover isn’t part of my snazzy slide show.ย ย 

Plus there’s writing news I should share (in the biz, we call such an off-handed, yet ominously significant comment “foreshadowing.”ย  Free would-be-pro tip for y’all, right there).ย  Alas, having burned a lot of time wrestling with my own personal dragon (see figure A, above), all of that website bidness is going to have to wait.ย ย 

Because I’ve got a book (The Breakroom of a Thousand Nightmares,ย a