Thriller Writer Tj O'Connor

A Crazy-Ass Author’s Christmas & New Year’s Resolutions

Jan 18, 2024

The Hemingway Deception


So, what wild gifts does an anti-terrorism consultant and author get from his beloved family? Here’s a short list of the wild things… (and I’m listing only those wild and crazy things. My family is very generous with this old dude).

  • Night Vision binoculars—what guy doesn’t need a pair of special optic night vision glasses for the coming apocalypse, political upheaval, or simply to spy on the neighborhood?
  • A bookmark with an actual film clip from my fav of all time movie, The Creature of the Black Lagoon—enough said. If you don’t get it, wow, just wow.
  • A set of specialized gourmet carving knives—because, you know, the ones I own have nearly killed me a dozen times. Let’s move the process along a little faster, right?
  • A fancy-dancy kitchen sink—ah, what? Oh, yeah, my wife wanted one. So naturally….
  • Three new single-barrel micro bourbons—enough said. Move along. Nothing here for you to see.
  • A gift card to the local ABC store (booze)—there’s a pattern here. But understand, my kids (adults of course) love to come to the house, on Sundays and whenever, for Dad’s gourmet meals and, yes, his well-stocked wine rack and liquor cabinet.

I will tell you, though, so you don’t think I was outdone with the fam. We take good care of our family and especially the grands. But this year, we gave our adult kids professional Tomahawk Throwing Kits—complete with tomahawks, throwing knives, and target boards. The first-ever O’Connor-Family Tomahawk & Knife throwing competition begins Memorial Day 2024. Assuming my spouse does not get me first with the tomahawk or new carving knives . . .

There’s more, but I’ll save that for another time.


New Year’s Resolutions:

ResolutionChance of Success
Lose another 25 pounds.95%
Win the $10 million lottery.0% 
Finish two more sequels.100% on book 1…
50% book 2
Beat my granddaughter at basketball.75%
(she’s very short and it’s my ball)
Get my grands to love old movies like Creature of the Black Lagoon and The Blob.39.23% 
Get my wife to read ANY of my novels.2%
Win the First Ever O’Connor Invitational Tomahawk and Knife Throwing Competition.25%
(I might need to cheat)
Get two new book contracts for my paranormal and thriller novels.99.99%

Check in next time for an update on this internationally acclaimed blog (not really).


I first fell in love with writing while in grade school and over the years continued to dabble with characters and stories whenever life allowed. Lately, I've focused my energy on pursuing this dream—interrupted only by life as a security consultant and the demands of two Labrador retrievers.

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