Southern Snow Storm: A Parent’s Journal of Survival
Day 1: The snowfall has begun. It came in the night under the cloak of darkness, masking all that is warm and pure in this beach town. My family and I have planned well and we should have enough provisions to survive this treachery. It’s been over twelve hours now, and it keeps falling. My…… Read more
I’m a writer now.
Let’s get this out of the way…I just called myself a “writer”. This time, without the preluded tag of “aspiring”. That’s what I am now, a writer. For several hours of every weekday (and sometimes weekends), I write. I’ve written two novels and the first draft of a third. I’ve written over ten short stories, two…… Read more
NaNoWriMo and the Newb
“…those days didn’t produce experienced writing, they produced a more experienced writer.” Read more
Write, Submit, Wait, Repeat.
I’ve been keeping a secret. Two weeks ago, I submitted my query letter to a publishing company, along with the required first three chapters of Fairview Infected. This novel will be pitched to a handful of other publishers as well, and the brutal truth is that it will—in all likelihood—be rejected. It’s the inevitable outcome that I…… Read more
Inspiration is Everywhere
It’s on my morning walk with the dogs. It’s in the sharp autumn air as it cuts into my lungs. It’s in the sunlight as it wavers through the branches and marbleizes the grass with splashes of gold. Inspiration flies from the wings of the birds against the blue sky, and seals an image in…… Read more
Call me later. I’m plotting a murder.
November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), and as a participant in the NaNoWriMo Challenge, I will be attempting to write the first draft of a novel (at least 50,000 words) in ONE month. “But it took you over a year to write the last one,” my inner-critic says. “Live and learn,” my inner dancing hippie replies….… Read more