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Greetings and Happy February! January flew by here, though it ended just like everyone else’s – freezing cold and covered in snow and ice. 1/10. Do not recommend. Writing January Words Written: 42,068 Check out that number!  That’s almost NaNoWriMo worthy.  It was a productive month as I fell back into the groove of writing after the holidays.  The first draft of my second novel is almost complete! I’m looking forward to… 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

I mentioned I read Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan last week, and I loved it.  This explanation may sound strange but bear with me.  With many fantasy novels I read and love, I have a feeling of “oh wow, this is so cool!”  With this novel, I felt more “Crap!  That’s bad!  What will happen next?”  It was a different, but good experience. The Age of Kings is dead . …. Read More

    It is the season for walking!  This is one of the few pretty photos you’ll find here I didn’t snag off of a free photo site.  I took this on a recent morning walk to the park nearby.  No filters were necessary. This week was a little less productive on the novel writing, but I did develop the backstory for a wood elf cleric.  No, I’m not currently involved in… Read More

A few weeks ago,  I read One Beautiful Dream by Jennifer Fulwiler.   One Beautiful Dream is now one of my favorite books.  I rarely laugh out loud or cry while reading, but I did both multiple times as I read through her tale as a mother pursuing her dream of writing. Pursue your passions, love your family, and say goodbye to guilt—pipe dream or possibility? Work and family, individuality and motherhood, the… Read More

Last week, I set a goal for writing of 60 minutes per day.  I more than made this with an average of 70 minutes each workday!  Family is in town this weekend, and they take priority, so the workload has gone down.  That’s a good reason! Next week, hopefully, more of the same.  I feel very good about my book and figure at my present rate, I’ll add about 50,000 words between… 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

When I google how much authors write, I usually end up with word counts per day.  This page states Ernest Hemingway did 3000 words a day, for example.  They have 38 other authors and their counts, as well. This was a fantastic metric during NaNoWriMo when I attempted to complete 50,000 words in one month.  I succeeded, and now I am editing that same story.  Editing = not pounding out 3000 words… Read More