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NaNoWriMo Thursday starts another go at NaNoWriMo!  National Novel Writing Month is a month-long project in which participants attempt to write 50,000 words between November 1 and November 30.  It is a big deal, and though I don’t have the current number, almost half a million people participated in 2015. When I started November last year, I was excited about the journey to write my first novel.  I “won” NaNoWriMo early on… Read More

While on vacation, I read Brandon Sanderson’s Legion: The Many Lives of Stephen Leeds. Summary Stephen Leeds is gifted with a bunch of hallucinations who can remember anything he’s ever learned. They are all different characters, with different skillsets, and all help him solve mysteries. This is such a neat concept.  Instead of seeing the hallucinations as only a burden, the character uses them to his benefit and for the benefit of… Read More

What an exciting week, readers!  I finished the third draft of my novel! It took quite a bit longer than I’d planned, but it is over now.  I learned so much in the process, however, and the novel is in much better shape than it was at the end of the second draft. I cut out several chapters from a second POV character.  There was the main protagonist, running about the woods,… Read More

I just finished reading The Warrior Elite: The Forging of SEAL Class 228 by Dick Couch.  Some may wonder if this is a standard read for me, but it is for several reasons.  First, I almost joined the military.  If not for a medical disqualification, I might very be an officer in the Air Force right now.  Second, I have friends and family in the military, so the topic remains of interest. … Read More

Confession: When I wrote the title, I did a spell check to make sure the word meant what I thought it meant.  I play with Microsoft Excel so much every day I never actually use the term for its regular use. I read High-Performance Habits: How Extraordinary People Become that Way by Brendon Burchard on the recommendation of the same friend who recommended Captivate. THESE HABITS WILL MAKE YOU EXTRAORDINARY. Twenty years… Read More

Isn’t that a creative title?  They tell me I need creative titles to attract people to my webpage.  If you’re here, I assume it is because you like to follow my writing adventure, which you probably didn’t find on google.  So I’m not going to sweat the title. Last week, I did a short road trip to see Matthew Kelly speak with my sister.  He is funny and engaging, and we had… Read More

I’ve been (half-heartedly) complaining my goal of 60 books in 2018 will be hard to hit if I keep picking up 1000 page epics, but that didn’t stop me from going from The Way of Kings right into Words of Radiance.  Both are by Brandon Sanderson and are part of his Stormlight Archive. Expected by his enemies to die the miserable death of a military slave, Kaladin survived to be given command… Read More

Did you have that one book? The first one that made you sure you wanted more of the genre? The one that led you to seek out not just more books, but more books like that one? Mine was Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. Once again, Earth is under attack. An alien species is poised for a final assault. The survival of humanity depends on a military genius who can defeat… Read More

As far as “stuff I like” goes, Lord of the Rings ranks pretty far up on my list.  I suppose that’s expected given my preferred genre of fantasy, but I like it for so many other reasons. This is the copy of Lord of the Rings I acquired during college, shortly before the movies.  I knew it was a fantasy classic, but I’d never read it.  I blew through it very fast… Read More

If you’re reading this post, you might be a reader of fantasy and may already be familiar with Brandon Sanderson’s Way of Kings, the first of the Stormlight Archive.  If not and you’re into epic fantasy, I highly recommend it. Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells,… Read More