The Adventures of Gabriel Celtic

The Adventures of Gabriel Celtic

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

A Death That Made a Difference

My third novel comes out soon, it's called, In Case of Death.

I came up with the title over a year ago, thinking it was very classy and very pertinent to my story line.

Little did I know how personal the title would become to me...

You see, one of my sons took his life during the writing of this novel...and it of course changed the way I looked at things.

I thought about quitting...I thought about throwing the book in the trash...I thought about a lot of things...

Although I did quit writing on it for a few months, I started to feel a nagging at my soul to finish it...and I think it was my son that was doing the nagging.

Tristan was never one to leave something alone!

As it ended up, I believe he helped me finish the story, and I dedicated this book to his well as his nagging.

Here is the dedication to In Case of Death:

I would like to dedicate this book to my son, Tristan Lewis, who took his life during the writing of this story. While I work at living in a world of fiction,he could never find a reality that suited him. The chemical balance that determines in all of us if we are considered ‘normal’ never quite balanced with him, and he could simply not live with that reality any longer.
To say that his passing has changed me would be an understatement. For one, the writing of this novel ceased for at least three months as I fought a conflict within myself over the importance of creating entertaining fiction versus that of the loss of a loved one.
How important could it be anyway? Tristan didn’t even like to read!
Months later, when I finally let myself read through what I had already written, it struck me that he would have loved the story if it had been a movie.
He would have declared it AWESOME!
So I started writing again, though with a renewed purpose. Even though finishing the book would not bring back my son, I felt the need to finish the story once again…for him! With Tristan now looking over my shoulder, we breezed through the evolving mystery and action sequences until we had a story worthy of a movie for him.
Even though I still miss him every day, bringing this book to a conclusion has in many ways, helped me to heal. And as I picture him sitting down to finally watch the movie that played out in my head, a snack and a beer beside him, I see him clicking the remote and leaning back with a smile.
“This is gonna be AWESOME!”


Life becomes easier when you learn to accept an apology you never got.


Robert Brault

Monday, April 29, 2013

Quote of the day 4-29


Everybody is identical in their secret unspoken belief that way deep down they are different from everyone else.

David Foster Wallace

Friday, April 26, 2013

Quote of the day 4-26

Aging is not 'lost youth' but a new stage of opportunity and strength.

Betty Friedan

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Quote of the day 4-25

Some people want to be bank presidents. Other people want to rob banks.

Richard Ford

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Tuesday, April 23, 2013


My only advice is to stay aware, listen carefully, and yell for help if you need it.

Judy Blume

Monday, April 22, 2013

Quote of the day 4-22

The pessimist complains about the wind,

The optimist expects it to change

The realist adjusts the sails


William A Ward

Friday, April 19, 2013

Quote of the day 4-19


When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw

Nelson Mandela

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Quote of the day 6-26

Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny…

C.S. Lewis


Quote of the day 4-18

Shut the door. Not that it lets in the cold, but that it lets out the coziness

Mark Twain's Notebook

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Quote of the day 4-17

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts

~ Winston Churchill


Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Quote of the day 4-16



Pray like it all depends on God, but work like it all depends on you


Dave Ramsey


Monday, April 15, 2013

Quote of the day 4-15


Tomorrow (noun):


A mystical land where 99% of all human productivity, motivation and achievement is stored



Friday, April 12, 2013

Quote of the day 4-12


Wealth consists not of having great possessions, but in having few wants


Esther DeWaal

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Quote of the day 6-20


Lighthouses don’t go running all over an island looking for boats to save; they just stand there shining.

Anne Lamott

Quote of the day 4-10

I don't mind what the opposition says of me so long as they don't tell the truth about me

Mark Twain

Republican Rally speech

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Quote Of the day 4-9

Holding on to anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.



Friday, April 5, 2013

Quote of the day 4-5


To each of us comes a time when we must be more than what we are.

Lloyd Alexander

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Quote of the day 4-4

I never teach my pupils. I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn


Albert Einstein


Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Quote of the day 4-3



The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and so nothing


Albert Einstein


Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Quote of the day 4-2



You are not a tree. If you don't like where you are, then change it

Unknown A Hole



Monday, April 1, 2013

Quote of the day 4-1


Begin at the beginning," the King said, very gravely, "and go on till you come to the end: then stop.

Lewis Carroll