Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Return to Deathlehem!

I'm thrilled to be included in this charity anthology, my first short story publication!  Go check it out!  Return to Deathlehem, An Anthology of Holiday Horrors to benefit the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Apparently Norman Mailer said, "Writing books is the closest men ever come to childbearing."

Maybe or maybe not.

Writing books is like having a 9 month pregnancy.  Finishing the first draft is like the final push birthing the child.  Editing and revising is like raising that child until he or she is 18.

I'm sure I could go on with this analogy...

19 minutes agoWriting books is the closest men ever come to childbearing.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

It's been so long....

I'm on my fourth go round with the long story.  I'm using Word for this revision, as yWriter seems be more cumbersome for editing. Most of the major changes are done, as far as I can tell so far so there isn't moving around of stuff.  That is why I liked yWriter, it allowed easy access to the parts.  

I'm using this link and this one too to help guide me.  I'm sure there are several others that I can't find right now.

Still waiting on word about two story submissions.  That'd be nice, you know.

I'm of the opinion that writing the first draft is the most fun, and then righting all the others is the work.  Heh, see what I did there?


I'm hoping to get at least three more chapters done this weekend, then I won't feel so bad when I don't get any done after work because I'm so bone weary that I can't manage any.  It is what it is.

I will end on a quote I found today, that is just yummy in so many ways:

Writers don’t write from experience, although many are hesitant to admit that they don’t. …If you wrote from experience, you’d get maybe one book, maybe three poems. Writers write from empathy.
Nikki Giovanni

And as I said elsewhere, that is why it is hard to kill your darlings.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

re the novel

There had been a certain scene that I've been avoiding/not knowing how to handle pretty much since I started this thing.  Last night it came to me.  So I wrote it.  Weird, adding stuff to the earlier parts of it.

Score, in more ways than one.

And I'm still mostly happy with it this morning.  I finished the third draft recently, so a pleasant surprise.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

string you know

I woke up this morning with an idea for tying together my long story aka the novel, even tighter.  It will tie a few characters, and their motivation.  And probably other stuff too that I have yet to realize.  And it won't take much time either.  Probably could do it all today.

Sunday, February 02, 2014


Typing that makes me feel like I'm living in the future.

January:  17/31  Indicates days I actually wrote something.  A good portion of these were editing poems, the rest revising the novel that will never be finished.*

Also received Robert Peake's The Silence Teacher.  If you want to learn how to title a book of poetry, read his first poem in this book.  Seriously, on the money.  Also, really good stuff.  I've only read the first few, but I like how he weaves around the central theme without naming it constantly.  Kind of like learning to live with what he has to learn to live with.  It is always there, but under the covers.  Plus that really works to strengthen the poems.  Father-Son Conversation I'd read before, and again, tremendously touching.  The last strophe is truth named, and...and a promise.  

*It's done, but it will never be.  (Also a good portion of this month I've been sick, so I'm okay with 55%.  Rounded up only slightly.)