Tag Archive | Life experiences

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!

I know, it’s a few days late, but between family obligations and work, I haven’t been around my computer for the past few days. That said, I’d still like to wish you all a Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving…errr…weekend…and hope Thursday and the past few days have been good ones for you and your family.

In addition to eating too much turkey (and stuffing, and sides and etc) and working a few extra hours at the bookstore on Black Friday, I’ve been fighting off a cold. Seems this time of year is not kind to me. Last year I was sick around Thanksgiving and apparently it is becoming an unwelcome trend. I don’t feel completely miserable unless I’m attempting to sleep…sooooo…that means I’ve been sleeping in short shifts, two-to-three hours at a time. Both last night and this morning, I maxed out at less than two hours. Fortunately, I’m only working four hours at the bookstore this evening and then hopefully, fingers crossed, I’ll find a way to sleep through the night tonight. (Okay, I’m not holding my breath on that but, boy it would be nice!)

Black Friday…..Hmmmm….Nope. I think I’ll just delete out the couple of mini-rants I wrote regarding Black Friday. Specifically the way people drove….and behaved….

Delete….delete….delete….and we’re moving on.

We are? To what? My brain is fumbling with ideas. Too tired, it’s crying out to me, much too tired to compose anything much longer. Must save some brain power for work this evening. Must conserve energy. Must shut down….

So for now — that is all. I hope to get back to writing more here and on my new novel next week (hopefully when I’m healthy again!)

Have a safe and happy holiday season!

The Unfinished Stories in Your Life

What are the unfinished stories in your life?

I know, it might seem like an odd question, but let me attempt to explain what I mean…

Recently, while driving at night, I noticed new skid marks on a road I travel frequently for my job. The tire marks started in the middle of the street and veered sharply off into a wooded area along the side of the road. I slowed, flipped on my brights, and spotted a car slammed sideways against a couple of trees about 20-30 feet off the road. The impact had not only caved in the driver’s side, but had also Read More…

The Need for Catching Up

After spending a good chunk of 2011 working on the final edits for The Penitent Assassin and getting it published online, I’m now finding we’re closing in on the end of the year and I need to catch up on many of the other projects in my life that have been neglected.

Primarily…The House.

If you’re a homeowner, Read More…

How to Survive and Succeed at NaNoWriMo

So you’re going to try your hand at the NaNoWriMo challenge this year. 50,000 words in 30 days (or less). It may seem a daunting task, but with some planning and practice and a few handy tricks you’ll likely succeed and come out of the month of November with your goal complete.

First, let’s look at the math of the challenge. I know, we’re all writers, who wants to look at math, but bear with me for a couple of minutes and I’ll show you what you ‘should’ aim for every day. Read More…

What the Bleep!

I suppose this could also be considered another “Behind the Scenes” featurette of The Making of The Penitent Assassin because while sharing the book in its earlier stages with readers in my various writer’s groups the topic of language came up a few times. Specifically, the use of coarse language and whether it should be used or not. I’ve also had this discussion with various people online in writer’s forums. Some were for its use, others were not. I respect both viewpoints and at different times in my life I shared both view points. (I’ll explain what changed my mind at the end).

Currently, my position is, Read More…