Book 2 of the Navy Brat Series…and a NaNoWriMo Challenge

Posted On Oct 29 2016 by

http://ronestradabooks.com/2016/10/29/book-2-of-the-navy-brat-series-and-a-nanowrimo-challenge/Follow Normally authors don’t announce a book before it’s been written. But I’m trying something a little different. Scary different. Because there’s this unwritten rule among writers: never, ever, ever let anyone see your rough draft. So posting a quickly written rough draft on Wattpad during the high-pressure NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writers Month) in November is surely the kiss of death to my career as a novelist. It would not be a smart thing to do. All my friends will tell to can this stupid idea. Keep it safely on your computer, edit it, and send it to your agent, …


Teen Writers Publish Podcast – a new season!

Posted On Sep 17 2016 by

http://ronestradabooks.com/2016/09/17/teen-writers-publish-podcast-new-season/Follow Those of you who listen to the Teen Writers Publish! podcast will be happy to hear that we’re pushing forward with a new season. There was some discussion between Gina and I about whether or not we should continue. It’s not that we’re not getting downloads or that we don’t enjoy it, it’s simply a matter of time. A writer must choose carefully how he spends it, right? So we’ve made a few tweaks. There will be no more live video on Blab or Google Hangouts. We’re getting back to the basics. We’ll record it via Skype and and …


Reader Feels

Posted On Sep 10 2016 by

http://ronestradabooks.com/2016/09/10/reader-feels/Follow My wife is my first beta reader. Writers are often advised not to count on the opinions of friends and family for feedback on our work. However, as any married man can attest, a wife will always be more than willing to point out your shortcomings (husbands, on the other hand, tend to say whatever will make our wives the happiest…our opinion is not to be trusted). So the other night when she stayed up late reading her Kindle, I began to wonder what had her so fully engrossed. We’re pretty predictable when it comes to our nighttime rituals. …


Summer’s End

Posted On Sep 4 2016 by

http://ronestradabooks.com/2016/09/04/summers-end/Follow There aren’t too many days in the year that I feel nostalgic. My birthday does nothing for me, not after almost 50 of them. New Year’s Day is a good day to reflect, I suppose, but, like Christmas and Thanksgiving, it’s a bit over-hyped. Every July 1st I remember my brother Jeffrey, who died at the age of 5 in 1977, on January 9th, another day I stop to reflect. But there’s something about the last evening before Labor Day that causes me to turn on some old songs and sit on my deck and really dwell on where …


Kaylee the Junior Ranger

Posted On Aug 25 2016 by

http://ronestradabooks.com/2016/08/25/kaylee-junior-ranger/Follow My family loves camping. And when I say camping I mean inside an air-conditioned hotel room on wheels. Last week we stayed in the Traverse City State Park in northern Michigan, very close to Elk Rapids, where my Cherry Hill Series is set. During our last night, we ran out of water, so I grabbed my 6-gallon jug and walked up to the dump station to fill it (yes, we dump and get drinking water at the same place). While filling my jug, I heard a young voice asking, “Whatcha doin’?” I turned to see a girl of about …


Top 10 Signs that you were a Navy Brat

Posted On May 20 2016 by

http://ronestradabooks.com/2016/05/20/top-10-signs-navy-brat-2/Follow As a former Navy Brat to a lifer, I consider myself a subject matter expert. So, here are my top 10 signs that you were (or are) a Navy Brat: 10.  When someone asks where you went to school, it’s a very long answer. 9. “Home” has no particular meaning. 8. You’ve received 50 cent haircuts. 7. Little league tryouts were not optional. 6. Your dad only called his friends by their last name or “Chief.” 5. You’ve bowled on at least six leagues in three states. 4. You’ve ever hit more than 200 houses in an hour of trick-or-treating. 3. You were shocked when shoes …