I am a writer and
novelist. Welcome to my blog and website. Here, you can learn what is going on in my life and in my writing
Sunday, October 23, 2016
Already doing too much
2:13 pm cdt
Already, with October not finished, and I am going to modify my rather ambitious plan to publish
a story a month for 15 months.
The first story I wanted to publish needs a major rewrite. I can keep about a quarter
of it, but the rest must go. In its place, I shall be telling a much better story. This happens to me all the time, especially
with short stories.
It is a combination, I think, of the fact that I am more confident with my ability to write novels
combined with my tendency to get bogged down in the middle of the story, that has led me to this pass.
I now hope to
publish my next short story -- actually, probably more of a novelette -- in November.
This should teach me to announce
ambitious projects without being certain I can actually achieve them.
Sunday, October 9, 2016
2:54 pm cdt
I have added a portfolio, with so far one short story and one article, to give readers some idea of the sorts of writing
I do. The short story is my attempt at a horror story, and the article is something I wrote for a content creation site, which
subsequently rejected it, meaning I am free to use it here. Between them, they are, I think, a fair representation of the
sort of work I am capable of doing.
I have finished the second draft of my ghostwriting project, with yet more to do.
I also want to start a rewrite of my story for October, which, as it stands, is in need of at least one more draft before
it sees the light of day. It is a mystery story, which means it is a genre I am more comfortable in. I have three weeks to
go in October, and I still need to finish the final draft, format it, and commission a cover, so I will have plenty to keep
me busy this next week.
Sunday, October 2, 2016
One step forward, one back
6:02 pm cdt
It's October 2nd, and I have begun thinking about the first story for my 15 in 15 project. It's a novelette called Evil
Twin, a serial killer story. It needs a rewrite, however, and I am not completely certain how to start that. What I want
to do is to combine two lead characters into one, but I am not quite certain, at present, who will survive.
In the meantime,
I have finished the first draft of my ghostwriting project. I want to start the second draft this week, possibly tomorrow.
And yesterday, I made some progress on Old Wounds, my third Charlie Rowe novel, which I hadn't worked on for 2 1/2
weeks. I managed several hundred good words, but then I deleted several hundred words I don't need, which originally involved
a character who I have written out of the story. So I added a few hundred words, then deleted several hundred more. This seems
to be one step forward, one back.
At least the words I deleted weren't the same words I wrote, which means I am still
ahead. And I am getting some writing done.
On the other hand, I still have to think about setting up a Patreon page,
which I haven't given much thought to over the last few days. That's something else to think about this month, as I would
like to go live with a Patreon page by the end of the year.
About me: I have been writing since the early 1980s, ever since discovering a passion for writing during my senior year
in High School. My completed writings include novels, short stories, and newspaper articles. I have completed four novels
in that time, and have partially completed two others. I have had little success in finding an agent or a publisher for any
of my novels, and have recently taken my efforts online. During the years that I have been writing, I have also served my
country as a member of the United States Army's Judge Advocate General's Corps. In the last five years, I have been deployed
to Army bases in Iraq, Kansas, and Virginia.
Look for my novel Taylor Made
, available from Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com.