Onward and Upward

My apologies for the long absence. That’s just the way my life is at this point in time–first you see me, then you don’t. Then you see me, then you don’t.

Mini-Masterclass – Tana French

In life’s cracks, I’ve been absorbing as much fiction as I can and taking note of the experts at work. Any of the great writers will tell you that to write well, you gotta read well. With that in mind, I decided it would be fun to share some of the stuff I come across that seems worth studying in …

Perfection’s Just a State of Mind

With my son passed out on the couch, my wife and I spent an evening watching a TV show called Breaking the Band. While illuminating, it tends to tell the same three-act story: Band forms,  Band excels, Band dies. There are all sorts of reasons for this. Pressures leading to drug and alcohol abuse. Tragic accidents. But the seemingly number …

Going Off the Rails

They say that teachers teach in order to learn. It makes sense. It also applies to changing habits. When writing fiction, I, and several others (each word is a separate link you must visit), are constantly preaching the gospel of letting the subconscious creative voice do its thing and tell the story it wants to tell. The critical voice, on …

Write Now Show Interview

A couple of weeks ago, I had the wonderful opportunity to sit down and talk about writing with Charlie Redner and Judy Saxon on the Write Now Show. It airs on a local channel within the Laguna Woods retirement community here in Southern California. I was honored to be invited–plus Charlie and Judy were both amazing hosts. I thought I’d …


Dips, Bumps, and Hillocks

Life-rolls. We all have ’em and they usually pop up unexpectedly: family emergencies, day-job crises, and anything else that’s intent on throwing us off plans we’d meticulously put in place. I’d already been leaning too hard in one direction for a while, starting around the first of this year. Much of 2019 has been spent pushing my writing career forward, …

2019 Goals - Week 11
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2019 Goals Recap – Week #11

Edit: After a couple of very insightful comments (thanks John and Jill!), I realized this post came off way more angst-filled than intended. Probably a hazard of the very thing I talk about in here–trying to do too much with too little time and hitting “Publish” before giving it a night to rest so I can re-read. Long story short, …

2019 Goals - Week 10

2019 Goals Recap – Week #10

I hope you have a snack or at least a cup of your preferred beverage nearby as this one may (read: will) be a little longer than my usual recaps. 🙂

2019 Goals - Week 9
Embassy Suites Breakfast

2019 Goals Recap – Week #9

As I mentioned last week, I am attending the WMG Anthology Workshop in Las Vegas. So far, I have written nothing but what you’re reading now. Well, that’s not necessarily the case. I’ve been taking copious amounts of notes and, wow, am I learning. I can’t say really anything about the workshop at this point but next weekend’s recap ought …