This is my blog and website, where I hope to be able to keep you informed of my efforts as a writer. I will discuss Works
in Progress and announce new releases here. On this site, you will also find links to sites where you may purchase my published
stories and novels.
Friday, November 29, 2013
8:40 pm cst
As you can see, I have changed the look of my page into something a little more writerly.
I may change it again if I can find an even more suitable image.
Work progresses slowly on my latest novel. I am working
on Discovery, book three in the Charle Rowe series, a novel composed of three novellas: Old Wounds, Slings and
Arrows, and Casualties. Each novella covers part of Charlie Rowe's journey of self-discovery, and will be published
under one cover as three parts of one novel.
I also intend to prepare False Witness, now renamed Dirty
Laundry, for publication. Next month, I plan to find beta readers, then editing and cover design. I could publish it
early in the year.
I seem to have settled down and figured out what I want to write. I know I have said this before,
but this time, I seem to be sticking with it.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
4:11 pm cdt
Last night, I finished the rewrite of False Witness. Today, I started my rewrite of Evil Twin. I hope
to have it done by the end of the week. Then I can look for beta-readers, perhaps as early as next week, and get on with writing
up outlines and character sketches for my next project while I am waiting for my beta-readers to get back to me.
the long drought of books will soon be over. It has been too long since I have published anything.
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
It is 23 years to the day since I enlisted in the United States military, becoming a 71D (later 27D) Paralegal in the U.S.
Army's Judge Advocate General's corps.
9:46 pm cdt
9:43 pm cdt
I think I have finally made up my mind on my course of action.
First, I will revise my novel False Witness
(second novel in the Charlie Rowe series,) and my novellette Evil Twin (which also features Charlie Rowe,) then I
will find beta-readers and editors and a cover designer and have them out this fall or this winter.
Then, I will start
working on my third Charlie Rowe novel. It doesn't have a name yet, but my tentative plan is to combine three story ideas
into a three-part novel, essentially composed of three novellas.
The three parts will have the tentative titles of Old
Wounds, Slings and Arrows, and Casualties. My plan is to link them thematically, by having each one
bring Charlie to a realization about his life. In the first one, he will gain an understanding about why he does what he does.
In the second story, Slings and Arrows, Charlie will begin to question whether he should stay in the business or not. In Casualties,
he will realize that he must do what he does.
This is subject to change, of course: another choice would be to combine
Old Wounds and Slings and Arrows into one novel with an A plot and a B plot, and then write Casualties as
a seperate novella to wrap up the story arc.
I don't have to decide for a while, however. First, I still have to finish
False Witness and Evil Twin. Then, while they're being beta-read and edited, I must do some outlining and
character sketches. After my struggles with Jane Doe, I have come to the conclusion that I must have an outline,
at least for novels, even if I deviate from it while I write the story.
And after that, I have plenty of other ideas
to pursue. For example, I have to write a non-series novel that touches on gun politics and ties in with False Witness,
and I have several other ideas as well.
I don't having a lot of ideas, as it happens. I'd rather have too many than
not enough. I just need to get better at working on them.
And I still have to find a job to pay the bills.
Monday, April 15, 2013
8:58 pm cdt
WOW! Has it really been this long since I posted last? Apparently so.
It's been a busy time, which may be why I haven't
written much. As Bruce Springsteen wrote, "I got a little lost along the way." This thing called life has been keeping
I had to repeat my Paralegal internship. I withdrew the first time because I couldn't handle the environment.
I found a different location for the internship, a much smaller law firm that was more to my liking, and I successfully completed
it the second time. I graduated from Globe University in March, and I am now a Paralegal (on the civilian side: I already
was a paralegal for the U.S. military.) Now I am getting busy looking for a job.
But I am starting to write again, after
several months of inactivity, during which I have tried more than once to get something going. I started a new project called
Casualties several weeks ago. I intend for this to be the third novel in my Charlie Rowe series. In it, Charlie,
a veteran, tries to help another veteran who appears to be suffering from PTSD. There is, of course, more to it than that.
problem is, I haven't been satisfied with what I've written so far. I think it lacks depth and gives away too much too soon.
I think I need to stop here and start again from the ground up, redoing my outline and adding some character sketches so I
get a better handle on my lead characters. I would also like to add a secondary case. a subplot, that somehow ties in to the
primary case, in the time-honored tradition of private eye novels (and similar to what I did in Taylor Made, only moreso.)
I believe some of it is worth saving; I just have to figure out what stays and what goes.
I also have two other Charlie
Rowe stories completed and awaiting beta-reading, False Witness and Evil Twin.I have to find the time to
get these done so I can release them later this year. With Casualties stalled, this might be the ideal time to give
these stories the attention they deserve.
I also have a number of short stories and other projects I can work on in
the meantime. One way or another, I will get something done soon. I just need to start something and stick with it until I
can finish it.
Am I discourage? No. I am just glad to be writing again after several months of not getting anything
done. As for the need to restart Casualties, and the other work I have to do, well, that's just part of writing.
I have been through this before, and I'm sure I will again.
As is keeping this blog more up to date. I must try and
post more often in the future, too.
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.