Saturday, January 10, 2015
3:58 pm cst
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.
Monday, December 29, 2014
Two New Stories Published
10:15 am cst
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.
Friday, December 19, 2014
10:59 am cst
I have an announcement to make: I have decided to publish two stories on Amazon before the end of the month.
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.
Saturday, July 26, 2014
8:25 pm cdt
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."
is simple. If you want to write and publish something, own it. Make it the best work you can.
Have several people beta-read
Hire a good editor.
Hire a cover artist.
Join websites where writers can critique each other's work.
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.
I Am A Writer. It's time to call myself one.
8:16 pm cdt
Recently, someone asked me what I do. I replied, "I look for work. Before that, I was a medical billing specialist."
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.)
these things are important.