I have grown and failed time and time again.
There are different levels of failure and most of them are on display for everyone to see.Read More
I'm ashamed. On a nine day vacation, I got nothing written. Nothing, zilch, nada. My wife, the lovely Kathryn Trattner has kept on top of it from day one. She's posted, tried to get me on top of it, but I just faltered. Instead, I did the normal things one does on a vacation, which isn't bad in and of itself, but I did neglect my writing.Read More
This evening, I leave for vacation. Nine glorious days away from the retail landscape. Only my second time (that I can remember) that I get to see the ocean and the majority of that time will be at the beach, soaking up all of it that I can. Now, I'm not saying all this to brag, but part of the reason I was so looking forward to this escape was I would get to focus on my writing, away from all the distractions I usually have. Only now I'm having trouble forcing any words out in my fiction.Read More
I hate to admit it, but my hour of writing a day has been severely impacted by my full time job. Long story short: we had several managers from out of town to check the store, as well as doing inventory AND the Memorial Weekend Sale. Instead of writing, I took time to download a bunch more images to help fuel my imagination.Read More
I went underground, so to speak. I put my head to the grindstone and hard edited The Faithful to make it the best it could be. I've gone through two separate editors, which finally let me notice some of my manuscripts problems. As a result, I've spent more than my fair share of time in the basement, looking at different maps and trying to clarify the world. The setting has always been a bit of the problem, not only because I divined it out of nothing, but because I have a specific "feature" of the world: Oki's veins.Read More
This past month was National Novel Writing Month. I would've loved to post about it while it was going on, but, as you might have noticed, I rearranged the color scheme and played around a bit with the site while I was slacking off. Slacking might not be the right word - I did write 47,589 words in 30 days after all. However, I did have 9 days where I wrote less than a hundred words. Hell, five of those I wrote nothing. So I did have some slacking in there.
It's now December and it's become holiday hell once more.Read More
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