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“I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”

~ L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables


A Merry October From The Toymaker!


"History is a kind of introduction to more interesting people than we can possibly meet in our restricted lives; let us not neglect the opportunity." ~Dexter Perkins


Make your own Ghostorian's Raven

at Haunted Histories

Print out this paper toy and make a flying friend to travel the globe with you.From my new book with J. H. Everett, Haunted Histories: Creepy Castles, Dark Dungeons, and Powerful Palaces.

Click here to go to the THOR raven page

The official book launch for Haunted Histories is coming up Saturday at 11AM, October 27th, 2012 at Whale of a Tale Bookshoppe in Irvine. If you are in Orange County please come by for the booksigning. I'd love to meet you. We will have bookmarks and buttons and all kinds of surprises.

Whale of a Tale Bookshoppe - 4199 Campus Drive Irvine, CA 92612

Phone: (949) 854-8288

Pre-order your copy from Whale of a Tale, before the event!

Check out the Haunted Histories website to read Virgil's Journal. There are lots of other creepy and wonderful things there like "Haunted Histories" Digital Trivia Cards.




“Start telling the stories that only you can tell, because there’ll always be better writers than you and there’ll always be smarter writers than you. There will always be people who are much better at doing this or doing that - but you are the only you.” ~ Neil Gaiman


Hello and Hello!

Oh my gosh, things are busy here at the Toymaker's workshop. I am spinning along on The Mysterious Math Carnival. I working hard to get it finished as soon as can be!

Haunted Histories is doing well the world around. Co-author and illustrator J. H. Everett and I did a presentation last Sunday at the Mission Viejo Readers Festival that was great fun. We talked about "The Ghostorian Question" which isn't "who did what", or "what happened", but rather why did people do things they way they did. That's what is interesting about history... not names, dates and places, but asking the reasons why things happened a certain way and making connections.

So as the days grow shorter and turn cooler, I hope that you can curl up with a good book, go for a brisk walk, drink some cocoa, pop some popcorn and find time to make some paper toys with someone special.

Best thoughts,

"O terque quaterque beatum”
We are three or four times blessed.


"Faerie contains many things besides elves and fays, and besides dwarfs, witches, trolls, giants, or dragons: it holds the seas, the sun, the moon, the sky; and the earth, and all things that are in it: tree and bird, water and stone, wine and bread, and ourselves, mortal men, when we are enchanted."
- J. R. R. Tolkien


A Decent Sized Spooky Snack Box

And many more Halloween toys...

Click here to go to the Halloween Page...

(Computer Tip – If the new toys are not showing up on your screen, try hitting the refresh button on the browser bar. If that doesn’t work try emptying your cache.)


Sewing Experiments, Labyrinths, Pumpkins... and a Delicious Chocolate Surprise, read it here...

And do say hello on facebook! I’d love to hear from you!



"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower."
- Albert Camus



My new book with J. H. Everett, Haunted Histories: Creepy Castles, Dark Dungeons, and Powerful Palaces, is in bookstores now the world around! Meet Ghostorian Virgil Dante as he explores castles, dungeons and palaces all over the world.

Now on the Accelerated Reader List!




“Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open
one." ~ Malcolm S. Forbes



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