1/2-way there!

by John McNichol on November 14, 2017

Hey, all!
Kick! Contribute! Or like & share! We’re 1/2 way to the end, and need a lot more pledged! Let’s go, folks!
WHoo hoo!
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/836606559/young-chesterton-chronicles-book-3?ref=creator_navScreen Shot YCC KS….almost made it to the 1st Thousand bucks! Half way there! Let’s make this happen, folks!



by John McNichol on October 30, 2017

Hey, all!
Yep, been a while. Lots, lots has happened in the last few months, Family stuff, Job Stuff, Medical stuf, and…..
Check it all out below- hit the kickstarter, toss in some dough….maybe I could drop by your house & do a reading! Click below and come on by….

Hey, all! KIckstarter for the final Gilbert book is up! And away we go…
Love Christian fiction? Steampunk fiction? Help launch Where The Red Sands Fly, thrilling conclusion to the Young Chesterton Chronicles
About this project:
First published in 2008, the Young Chesterton Chronicles opened up a new direction in Catholic fiction. Far from being a “dead” market, the series proved that there was definitely a market for great stories told with a Catholic flavor and mindset. >However, despite selling through printing after printing, times grew hard for most Catholic publishers. Several Catholic publishers closed their fiction lines, and even the Young Chesterton Chronicles had to find a new home.
But now, in 2017, with one book left to publish in the series, the YCC has a new ally in the world of Catholic publishing–an ally that can tip the scales, turn the tide and get this series back on the shelves and ready to move Catholic storytelling forward again. and that Ally is…
You! You, with your dollars, your love for great stories, your love for the faith, and your desire for a new literary culture to rise again in the tradition of Tolkien, Lewis and Williams. You are the greatest ally this series has, because you are the kind of person who made The Tripods Attack a best-seller, kept the series afloat by buying its sequel, The Emperor of North America , and have asked for years about the progress of the third and final novel in the series, Where the Red Sands Fly.
…and is that third book coming? The one we’ve been waiting seven years for? Yes, indeed! We’re nearing the finish line at last. But to cross it, we need you!
Risks and challenges
There’s a lot that goes into making a book happen besides typing on the computer and hitting the send button. The first two novels in the series were published by two different publishers (in 2008 and 2011), and we are now attempting to get all three in one publishing house. Restoring the copyrights of the first two books to the author so that this transition can happen will, in our case, cost a bit in fees to smooth out the intellectual property wrinkles. In addition, the third book is ready to go to editors (to whom we need to pay a living wage), and the previous books will need an additional edit before republishing by our new publishing home, Hillside Education.
This Kickstarter will smooth out all publishing wrinkles with the stroke of a key on your keyboard, providing the needed funding. Your contribution will help us to transfer the rights of all books in the series to the author, and pay for editing necessary to get the third and final book in the series in print. Having full rights to all three novels will do more than just give all three books a common home; Hillside will be able to market and license the YCC brand (Who’d like a Gilbert action figure! C’mon, you know you want one!), and a host of other things. …
Well, if you’re tired of waiting, and would like a bit of swag and a personal visit from the author thrown in to boot, here’s your chance!
CLick Below to join up, get free swag, and be part of the most amazing adventure series in Catholic fiction of the modern era!
….plus, it makes a cool Christmas gift, too! :D


Tripods has a new Home!

by John McNichol on July 2, 2017


Hey, all!

Good news: Tripods has a new home!
After two good printings with Sophia Press, the fine gentlemen there agreed to shake hands and turn the reins of my first novel over to the good people at Hillside Publishing, the folks who also currently have The King’s Gambit in their stable of excellent fiction titles. :)

Click Here to get your copies:

the tripods attack cover
In other news: We’ve been finding new and fun things to do on the cheap out here in Grand Prairie, Texas. Last week, the younger boys and I got to see the Lego Batman Movie out on the beach at Joe Pool Lake- what a fun evening! Beach chairs, sand, perfect temperature, a visit to the gas station on the way for cheap treats, and the forethought to pt on enough insect repellent kept the bugs away and made it a wonderful evening. :)
James at Lego Batman on the beach

Jamesey at Lego Batman on the beach

Hey, Christopherd! Having a good time? :D

Hey, Christopherd! Having a good time? :D

Movie's starting!!!!

Movie’s starting!!!!

Heh! One of the many running gags in the film are Batman's 9  (nine)  pecs.... :)

Heh! One of the many running gags in the film are Batman’s 9 (nine) pecs…. :)


God, thank you for the good days you have given me this year in my job and with my family. I will continue to trust in you, please guide me. Amen.


Summer’s Here!

by John McNichol on June 23, 2017



Hey, all!! Summer’s here!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9G4jnaznUoQ <—–still my favorite version of this song, from my high-school years. South Americaaaaaaa! :)

So, what’s been happening:

Dan off to Work!

Dano in my classroom, on his way to work as an inventory-guy for RIGS

-Dano got a job!

Yes, in a world where a) 40 hour/week summer jobs are hard to find for teens, and b)some teens now see the summer job as a violation of their God-given right to boredom and angst during the summer months, Dano impressed me. I got him a job at a factory that likes to hire kids fro his school, but while the money was good, it was 35 miles away . The solution? He got on Craig’s list and found another jb just 4 miles away…in ten minutes. Dang, boy! Great work, and the uniform’s not even dorky! Great!

…I went for grades 4-6 to Saint Thomas Aquinas school in Toronto, Canada. There, a girl had won the prize for best Science Fair project in all of Canada for asking “Why do Beets Turn the Water Red?”
My son Chris took that idea and ran with it for his Science Fair at The Highlands School! :D
Chris at the Science Fair!

…well, it didn’t go national (Canada’s a much smaller country, eh?), but he DID get a 93%, and did all the work himself [parents know what I mean...too many projects are the result of parent work, not the kids'... :) ]. Way to go, Chris!

Chris and Jamsey also got to go to Camp El-Har, the summer camp for boys run by the Legion of Christ. The boys went out of their comfort zone to sell Raffle Tickets to raise money for their experience, and they went out of their comfort zone & did well. Their reward? A week of Paintball, horseback riding and a host of other amazing events and enjoyments, along with Mass and adoration. Chris loved it so much he wants to go back as a counselor next year- we’ll see what happens. :)

Last week, the family hit the lake!
The upside to having a large family is you meet other large families. And those large families know where all the cool stuff can be found for free. :)
Case in point: Joe Pool lake, free to residents of Grand Prairie:


Jeanna & Claire with the Cyrs and Gaglianos at Joe Pool Lake

Jeanna & Claire with the Cyrs and Gaglianos at Joe Pool Lake

Great day! We met with our friends, the Cyrs and the Gaglianos for BBQ lunch and hitting the water after Mass last Sunday. Who cares about 90 degree weather when the water’s nice and just a short walk away? :D Jeanna had a great time, & it was nice to see. She misses her family, and the good news is she’s here with them now for a visit on the West Coast. Su will go there next in a couple of weeks, and me and the rest of the boys in the last third of July.
Dear God, thank you for today, thank you for my family and the good friends and experiences we’ve had the chance to have. Keep guiding us, please, and bring me, my wife, and all my children to love you, your Son, your Holy Spirit,, your mother and all the saints, our siblings in Heaven, whose prayers i ask for here & now,

PS: Nothing says Texas to me like a mariachi band in full dress at the lake in 90 degree weather, 20 feet from your own picnic table:

...Nothing says "Lone Star State like a Mariachi band at the lake in 90 degree weather.

…Nothing says “Lone Star State like a Mariachi band at the lake in 90 degree weather.


Hey! Summer is here!

by John McNichol June 12, 2017

c6/11/17 Hey, all! Big couple of days. Had a surprise visit from my sister-in-law from the West Coast. A lovely, lovely time. Nailed down when Jeanna, kids and I will be visiting the coast; we had initially planned for the whole family to go out at the same time, but a) some family issues b) […]

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Oh, yeah! Prom! And his Grad speech!

by John McNichol May 22, 2017

5/22/17 Hey, all! Oh, yeah! My son Danny went to prom & graduates from high school this Friday! …Dano asked a lovely young lady from his class to be his date, with a small bouquet of flowers and a sign saying “I saved the best for last!” Huh? Y’see, a week before prom, Dad (me) […]

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Ok: Soccer, Treefort, Titus, Prom, Summer!

by John McNichol May 22, 2017

Hey, all! Here’s what’s been happening: 1) Soccer! Thanks to one of several amazing websites, I was able to get resold tickets to the FC Dallas Soccer game for less than a quarter what it would have cost to by them retail! James chose soccer for his big event (I took Dan to Hockey, Chris […]

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Okay, now more:

by John McNichol April 6, 2017

Thursday, 4/6/2017 Hey, all. Okay, let me write-up that ‘more’ I promised a while back: On March 17th: Big St . Patrick’s Day! 1) Made Potato pancakes with a fried egg and chives on top, ranch+dill dipping sauce for brunch! Spent the early afternoon going bowling (reduced rate! Whoo hoo!). Next day, on the 18th, […]

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St Pat’s, and Crazy Dogs….

by John McNichol April 2, 2017

4/2/2017 Hey, All! St Patrick’s day is a fave in my home. For breakfast on the Saturday after, I made Potato Pancakes with eggs over-hard yolk, and sourcream on the side. Turned out well! Even the fussiest eaters ate when I told them it was a giant french fry. We had Irish Rovers music playing […]

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It’s Lent!

by John McNichol March 5, 2017

      Lent…..   …yeah, it’s like that. I’m restricting my food intake. Seeing I just can’t get over the weight-loss hump of a certain point, plus teaching Dante’s Inferno to my amazing students and seeing what Dante had in store for the Gluttons in the 3rd circle of Hell….well, yeah. I’m going to […]

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