Posts Tagged: writing

What’s wrong with this picture?

Several weeks ago, I came up with this silly “tracking” feature to keep all of you apprised of my progress on the final book in the trilogy. Using pages as a measure would be pointless, since my first book started at 100 pages ballooned to over 300 and then settled at 240 pages.  This book… Read more »

The Fifth Element

The title of the post refers to the movie of the same name, a fun picture I recommend highly for some good science fiction, tongue-in-cheek humor and neat special effects.  If you put Blade Runner on one end of the spectrum and Galaxy Quest on the other (leaving out Spaceballs entirely), I would say this… Read more »

The old chair and the sea

Long ago, when my birthdays were still about getting gifts (and not just hosting a barbecue), I received an especially valuable gift from one of my friends. I am an avid baseball fan and an avid barbecuer.  Add them together and you have a recipe for tailgating!  I already had a mini-barbecue (the type that… Read more »

Taking my book for a walk

Except on rare occasions, I don’t blog on the weekend.  The same goes for writing.  I treat my writing like a job:  work at it during the week and take the weekend to relax, do chores and visit family and friends. Which is not to say I stop “writing”; I just don’t do it on… Read more »

None shall pass

(Click the image for some fun viewing and mood setting and then come back here for the rest of the story!)   Writing is funky.  Well, I can say that for me…I can only assume it’s likewise funky for many of the other authors out there. Sometimes, the ideas and words come so swiftly, my… Read more »

Blinded by the light

I started writing the final book of my trilogy (“What Now?” for you latecomers) using notepads, similar to the way I had written Book 2 (“What Next?”- helpful reminder #2).  After five chapters, I switched back to the laptop, ostensibly to save the time it takes transcribing those written pages into the word processor. Now,… Read more »

Of writing

Over the course of blogging, I’ve made occasional mention of the “right” way to blog.  Based on professionals and experts everywhere, having a single theme and targeting potential readers (subscribers) to that theme generates the best performance of a website.  Regular readers know I have no general theme, much like my brain.  Much like life…. Read more »

Your meter is running

Back when I first started this journey, back all the way to the first tinkerings on What if?, I considered how to keep all my previous co-workers and friends updated on my progress writing. Inspired and influenced, no doubt, by two decades of Life in the Land of Spreadsheets, I came up with a goofy… Read more »

Writing myself out of a corner

After weeks of continual rain (morning, noon and night), today was supposed to be a sunny morning (with rain later, ‘natch).  Eh, not so much, though the sun did poke through around mid-morning. But, so what!  Even had it been sunny, I had already made my decision to plop myself down on the patio and… Read more »

Reading deficiency

One of the things I wanted to do when I started writing the first book in my Jeremy Shuttle Adventures series was to temporarily stop reading similar genre books so as not to be unduly influenced in my story ideas and writing style. Recently, I joined Goodreads, a home for recommending and reviewing books as… Read more »