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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.

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Saturday, January 10, 2015

Finally, done

I have finally finished the first draft of my latest novel, Discovery. It has been a long and somewhat frustrating road, full of challenges.

However, I am pleased to say that I have finally managed to finish what I plan to be the third novel in my Charlie Rowe series. I am also moving on with getting the second closer to publication. This week, I shall start looking for new beta-readers, in case the ones I have now fail to come through for me.

That means I could publish two detective novels this year. I also have two noveletts that I want to rewrite and expand, as well as several other stories and novels that I hope to either finish, revise, or expand, as the case may be.

As always, much on my plate. As always, I would rather have too many projects than not enough.

3:58 pm cst 

Monday, December 29, 2014

Two New Stories Published

This weekend, I pulled the trigger and published two new short stories on Amazon.

I have already mentioned their titles and given brief descriptions, but here is a short recap:

Friends Take Care of Friends is a short-short story that I wrote in a few hours one evening at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin. I got the idea on the drive up there. Once I got there, I took advantage of having my laptop and internet access to write the story.

The Body of the Crime is a story involving a private investigator and a ghost, set in a fictional seaside resort town.

I hope you read them and enjoy them, dear reader. And, if you enjoy them, please tell your friends about them.

10:15 am cst 

Friday, December 19, 2014

Upcoming Fiction

I have an announcement to make: I have decided to publish two stories on Amazon before the end of the month.

It has been too long since I have publshed anything. Life keeps getting in the way. While I have been working on some things, I haven't really got much published. I do have a book being beta-read (more on that in another post,) and another that is in first draft, but needs an ending.

I have had these stories sitting around for a while, which does me no good. So, before the end of the year, I will publish them both.

One is a flash fiction story entitle Friends Take Care of Friends. The other is a private investigator/ghost story. I won't reveal the title yet, because I may change it.

As for the exact date, I think it will be a few days after Christmas.

Stay tuned.

10:59 am cst 

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Own It

I think the growth of online independent publishing is a two-edged sword. It allows writers who wouldn't get the time of day fromt he major publishers to put themselves out there and publish their stories and novels.

However, it also allows people to publish anything, no matter how amateurishly done.

Don't get me wrong: I'm not saying that all amateur, self-published stories and novels are bad, but some are. The bad ones are part of the reason why some critics, readers, writers, and so on don't takeus  seriously. They jump on the bad works to say, "See? This stuff is no good."

The solution is simple. If you want to write and publish something, own it. Make it the best work you can.

Have several people beta-read it.

Hire a good editor.

Hire a cover artist.

Join websites where writers can critique each other's work.

Remember, unless you use a pen name, anything you write will have your name on it. Wouldn't you want your name attached to something you'd be proud to point to as yours? It will be up forever, after all.

8:25 pm cdt 

I Am A Writer. It's time to call myself one.

Recently, someone asked me what I do. I replied, "I look for work. Before that, I was a medical billing specialist."

Only later did it occur to me that I used to answer, "I am a writer."

 I'm not sure why I don't answer that way anymore, but I have my suspicions: the need to make a living, which leads to the need to find work. The fact that I have had some issues for which I have required treatment. And, of course, the Army Reserve has taken up quite a lot of my time over the last few years.

That said, I know I need to start describing myself as a writer again. I used to, I want to -- a while back, I decided to make an effort to -- and I think I need to.

It's about self-perception. You are what you think you are. If you want to be a writer, write. If you need to train yourself to think of yourself as a wrtier, start calling yourself one. That, I should think, will help you to start to think of yourself as a writer.

Of course, you must also write, but I believe that if you think of yourself that way, you would be more likey to sit and put words on paper (or screen.)

All these things are important.

8:16 pm cdt 

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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.

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