Doing and observing

Back when I was an undergrad we had a guest speaker in my novel writing class. One of the first things he did was ask us “what are you doing here?” His thought was that if we wanted to be writers we should be out living life. I’ve thought about that over the years, andContinue reading “Doing and observing”

Outlines: It is written! But not really…

Outlines are one of those tools that people like to push on writers, students, and others who work with ideas and symbols. Sometimes they work and sometimes they don’t. There seems to be two main factors that will significantly predict the successful use of outlines: the project and the person or persons doing the writing.Continue reading “Outlines: It is written! But not really…”

NANOWRIMO an avenue and obstacle to success

I know NANOWRIMO is still a couple of months away, but to really do it is a commitment and that means some of us need to start thinking about it now… Let me say at the outset that I am a NANOWRIMO fan. I like the idea and the organization. Johnson Farm, my first publishedContinue reading “NANOWRIMO an avenue and obstacle to success”

Change and ‘normality’ (one round of many)

A few months ago two really important things happened at the same time: my wife graduated with a doctorate in instructional design and I released Johnson Farm: my first novel, my first nanowrimo win, and a book that I was forced to admit really did need a sequel (and after I promised myself I wouldn’tContinue reading “Change and ‘normality’ (one round of many)”

Lessons from ‘the great American eclipse’

Yep, on Monday of the week I’m coming back to the blogosphere we had an eclipse, a total eclipse of the sun that ran the entire length of the country. I happen to live in an area where the eclipse was 98.9% from my door step and full totality was only about 45 minutes north…Continue reading “Lessons from ‘the great American eclipse’”

You have to commit

Honestly the hardest thing I had to deal with during my wife’s family’s family reunion was the owners of the property where we stayed. The husband (who seems to be the one detailed to actually maintain the place) was quite evidently not committed to the operation. He had another business that he was interested inContinue reading “You have to commit”

When it happens it happens…

It’s a short and sweet one today because a lot of things are starting to move very fast on a couple of book projects. On the other hand… I decided to push off the post I’d planned on doing today because some of what’s going on is really exciting (to me at least…). Some daysContinue reading “When it happens it happens…”

Walking Lines

I spent most of this week at my wife’s family’s family reunion. I was also working on starting the first draft of Jamie’s Sacrifice the third book in the Johnson Farm series (I know, I know… I’m working on the series title… (But the start of book three is going really well)). Between these twoContinue reading “Walking Lines”

Would You Believe It Isn’t the Money (Why We Do This part 4)

Last Friday (a week before this post went live) I did a book signing thing with the cover artist for my novel Johnson Farm. The next day I got to hand deliver a copy to another beautiful and intelligent young woman who just happened to have been one of my most important helpers in thisContinue reading “Would You Believe It Isn’t the Money (Why We Do This part 4)”