Time Traveling Cats

Posted On Mar 7 2015 by

It’s funny how a joke can turn into a story idea. I’m working on a series involving time travel. I’m calling it Time Flies. In my notes I use creatures that travel along the time stream looking for disruptions, and then reporting back to my Time Flies, who will go back in time and attempt to repair the damage. Note I said “creatures.” I still hadn’t decided what they would look like. Then one night at dinner, my dog was doing one of those dog things where he just stares at a corner of the back door. He’s a cat …


Now I Knew You nearly complete

Posted On Dec 14 2014 by

  It’s been a crazy busy year for me. Early in the year I decided that I’d take my writing to the next level or not bother at all. I stated, in public mind you, that I’d complete a rough draft ever two months. And I’m happy to report that I have, indeed, completed three rough drafts over the last six months. I’ve actually completed four this year, but the first, I decided, wasn’t quite ready for prime-time and didn’t fit the YA\MG path I’d chosen. Mind you, I have now written eight novels over the last fifteen years of …


The Big Writing Lie

Posted On Sep 15 2014 by

I took a creative writing class about a dozen years ago. One of those Parks & Rec night classes at a local high school. Right after introductions to about twenty eager faces, the instructor announced that “you cannot make money doing this.” Stunned, we were. I mean, yeah, we love to write, but a little something for our efforts would be nice, too. Obviously, guys like Stephen King and Clive Cussler have simply bucked the trend. Perhaps they were unfairly advantaged. Born with a silver Strunk & White in their chubby little hands. You know what? You can’t make money …


The Daily Schedule

Posted On Jul 16 2014 by

If you’re going to go into business for yourself, writer, then you have to to what real businesses do: set schedules. Yes, I know. Yuck. Schedules are for the 9 to 5 road warriors. Not you. You are an art-teest. Artists starve. Not you. You are Me, Inc. And Me, Inc. is in this for the long haul. Remember, as an indy, you won’t have a publisher breathing down your neck to hit a deadline. You have to breathe down your own neck. Yeah, it’s as hard as it sounds. You know what you’re capabilities are, so be honest. Can …


Indy Journey – Day 2 Stats

Posted On Jul 2 2014 by

We decided to go out to dinner tonight, but got home by 7pm. I dropped right into my chair and got busy. Now I Knew You: 1,640 words. Running total: 2,980 words. Camp Dogs:¬†Fast edited 4 scenes, up to 39 of 93. Very happy with Act 2A! Scorpion Summer:¬†Plotted the opening scene and one interval scene. Again, this is done during my lunch or as inspiration hits me at work. That’s the benefit of a slow-moving desk job. Gina and I discussed a newsletter serial novel. Well, more like a season of TV like episodes. It’ll be middle-grade and slightly …


Calling Invisible Women

Posted On Apr 25 2014 by

Calling Invisible Women by Jeanne Ray My rating: 4 of 5 stars I guess I’m “the guy that read Calling Invisible Women.” And I loved it. The only reason I didn’t give it five stars is because I felt she cut it a bit short. I can get past her husband not noticing her head missing for an entire month. Clearly the author was suggesting a deeper meaning. I think any man or woman would enjoy this. And there are probably quite a few men who could learn a valuable lesson. I, for one, look at my 50 year-old wife’s …