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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, 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 

Saturday, June 14, 2014

I have recently discovered the fun of writing short-short stories, also called Flash fiction (not to be confused with slash fiction.) Just this month, I have written two short-short stories. This afternoon, I submitted the first for publication to an online magazine that specializes in short-short stories.

In a nutshell, a short-short story is a story of 1000 words or less. This, as you can imagine, is quite the challenge, as you have to pare everything down to the bare essence of a story. You have little room to do other than setup your situation and then deliver. Nothing that doesn't advance the story belongs.

I am looking forward to writing more of these stories.

5:44 pm cdt 

I am back writing again, after a stretch when , because of various hardware failures, I didn't have a computer. It can be very stressful when you can't write.

It is also difficult to stay focused and happy when you can't make any changes in your life. For the work I want to do, I must have a computer. Without one, I was stuck in the same place I have been for too long.

5:42 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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