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I’ve discovered posting these chapters is encouraging for my current project.  I’m in the midst of revisions, which is somehow both exciting and a slog at the same time. By revisions, I don’t mean editing for grammar and spelling.  That will come much later.  I’m going through and adding bits here and there to develop character arcs and fix plot holes and add all the emotion and detail I’m told readers want. … Read More

In case you missed it, I’m posting the first novel I wrote here on the blog.  Don’t worry – I’m still going strong on the second novel.  I’m knee deep in revisions.  All the revisions!  If all goes well, you won’t be able to read my second novel here as I’ll get it published.  For now, you can enjoy my first attempt at writing a story! Last week, we met Aida and… Read More

Last summer, I accomplished my goal to write a novel.  I loved the process so much that I’m doing it again!  In the meantime, my first novel has been hanging out on my computer as I don’t intend to publish it anywhere else.  Some have asked to read it, though, so I’ve decided to post it here on the blog.  Each week, I’ll upload another chapter. Admittedly, this is a little awkward… Read More

February Writing Only about 4,000 words written for the novel.  Why the decrease from January’s 42k?  I finished my first draft, that’s why!  The end flew by, mostly because I didn’t write as much there as I did at the start of the novel.  I already knew many of my planned revisions would affect the end, so I spent a little less time worrying what the trees in any particular location looked… Read More

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