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)”

Don’t write (all) your obsessions!

One of the first, and best, pieces of advice young writers are given is: ‘write your obsessions’ (you can substitute passions for obsessions if you must). It’s good advice, but it’s a guideline with a dirty little secret. You should write things you are interested in, things you know about, care about, and are willingContinue reading “Don’t write (all) your obsessions!”

Keep going!

Years ago I was reading a book about USMC machine gunners in Vietnam. That was where I discovered the ‘Marine Corps way of doing things’: an artillery barrage followed by an advance, no matter how small, and then you did it all again. Well, sometimes writing is like that too… I know this is trueContinue reading “Keep going!”

Boundary lines (part 1?)

How do we decide what is and isn’t appropriate? How do we know what to share with whom? Once when I was young and foolish (at least younger and more foolish than I am now…) I was involved in a conversation with two friends, a missionary and an art student. The missionary accused the artContinue reading “Boundary lines (part 1?)”

Why we do this part 3

It’s been one of those weeks around the publishing office… The first thing I noticed was an email from one of my cover artists. She was telling me she was pulling out of the project because life was becoming too complicated. Another artist has been MIA since last month… That was the start and itContinue reading “Why we do this part 3”

The secret art of stepping away

Earlier this week I found myself talking to a friend who is getting ready to go back to college. I gave her the usual advice that my wife and I give to all our college bound friends, make sure you take a fun class every semester. Contrary to what some might think, we don’t giveContinue reading “The secret art of stepping away”