Monday, January 23, 2017

Any day now...

Since my surgery I haven't had a lot of energy or desire to write much. It's been two months and I'm only now back to working from home and that's pretty much exhausting me. ;-)

But last night, as I tried to sleep in my recliner again, I started going over the plot of Book 4 of my humorous SciFi series 'Arlo and Jake'. I was able to remember the plot that I started back in Oct or so. I was very pleased with myself and it got my imagination stirring again.

I have several other books that have been rattling around in the attic that pushed their way forward, wanting my attention. Unfortunately, that was about the time I fell asleep.

So I'm hoping that I'm back on the road to writing recovery 'soon'. My surgery rehab is going well so surely my mental focus will improve as well. Right?

Thanks for the support and words of encouragement from all my writing and other friends.

Keep writing!

Monday, December 12, 2016

Reality check...

Sorry for the lack of posts lately. I had a heart attack just before Thanksgiving and it's taken me to now just to  have the energy and desire to write.

I hope to be up to speed in the next few months, the docs all say I'm doing really well.

Here's the reality check.

If you think something isn't 'right' or you've noticed that you're energy and drive have suddenly dropped.... talk to your Doctor!! Especially if you're over 50 and/or overweight.

More about writing as I climb back up the energy ladder, right now I'm pooped just from doing this.

Take care of yourself, you're the only one that can tell how you feel. Pay attention.

Merry Christmas, all.

PS. My wife saved my life by telling me that we WERE going into the emergency room as soon as I said 'Something isn't right'.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Write when the muse speaks, you need to listen...

I like to write at night, after dinner and little time on the couch watching something mindless on TV.

I pick up my laptop, check my tweets, posts and gmail and then open up my latest project. I dump my notes from  the day that I keep in EverNote on my phone and I'm off, plowing in the fertile fields of my imagination.

One of the things I'm learning, that you may or may not already know, is that ideas don't come at convenient times. The Muse is always active, always 'tinking and, well, musing. She has no time table, no agenda, no sense of 'now'. She just does her thing when she feels like it and then taps you on the mental shoulder. 'Here. What about this?' Then she moves on, tiptoeing through your mind, looking for more goodies to create with.

So I'm advocating that you get something like OneNote or EverNote and make it a habit to write down those flashes of inspiration, good and bad, whenever and where ever they appear.

Then, during your 'normal' writing time, review them. Add them, play with them, chuck them, whatever you think best.

Just don't ignore them.

Ideas come to you for a reason, even if you don't immediately know that reason.

Be cool.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Don't wait, start that novel today!

I talk to people everyday, on blogs, on Face Book, in tweets and face to face about writing.

The questions are usually along the same lines. How did I get started? Where do I get my ideas? How do I find the time to write and hold down a full time job? Do I edit my own books? Do I have an agent and do I want one? Is it really fun or a drudge.

All good questions. But what they are really looking for is where did I get the motivation to just do it? They are looking for that spark that will motivate them to finally start their own journey. They want to know how to get off the starting block and start running.

My best advice comes from a special friend of mine from a long time ago. In the late 70's, I worked in a small startup company in Colorado where I was fortunate enough to meet George S. Lehsten, an inventor from England. George was doing amazingly cool things with electricity, electronics, power management and the coolest of all, sonar based on dolphin echo location.

Among his many achievements, George invented a version of the eight track tape player/recorder, quadraphonic and multi channel audio systems, tracer bullets during WWII and a slew of other inventions by himself and with others.

George was an amazing man and friend. I was a basically an intern, fresh out of 9 years in the US Nuclear Sub force. The only real electronics training I had was completing a Health Kit (yes HK) course where in the end I built my own 25 inch color TV.

I loved tinkering with electronic and computers and George knew it. He encouraged me daily, showing me white papers, getting me hooked on Dr. Dobb's magazines and asking me my opinion on projects he was working on, even though they were all over my head at first.

George took me under his wing on many occasions when I was frustrated with my lack of on the job experience with electronics and the fledgling field of 8-bit micro-controllers. George was patient, kind and full of positive energy.

On more than one occasion, George would take me on a walk at lunch, talking about the problems of the day and how we, not he or me, but we, could solve them. At the end of those walks, George would look me in the eye and say 'just do it'. Don't hesitate, don't worry about the outcome, don't stop to over analyze what could happen. Just Do It.

It's a simple, very positive tool that you should use every time you're stuck or unsure how to proceed. Say it out loud. Settle down, address the problem realistically and then just do it.

You want to write a book?

Just Do It.

Don't wait for an agent. Don't wait until you have the entire plot worked out. Don't expect it to perfect. Don't worry about the criticism you'll get every step of the way. Don't worry if it will sell. Don't worry if it's the 'right' story.

Do write every day. Do keep a note book or tablet with you at all times, and use it EVERY time you get an idea, no matter how small. Do keep a pad by your bed stand and DO write down that cool idea or dialogue, because you will NOT remember it the next day. Do write as long as the ideas are flowing, you can prune later.

Just Do It.

Start right now.

Be Cool!


Friday, September 2, 2016

OK, experiment over... ;-)

I admit it, I was curious what ads were all about on blogs. I see them on lots of blogs, some of them writer's blogs.

I think for more 'commercial' blogs it's OK. Maybe sponsored blogs. Well known writer's blogs, etc.

But they just don't seem appropriate for my writer's blog, so I turned them off.

I'm still learning about 'social media', so forgive me if the ads turned you off to my posts. I'm slow, but I am trainable.

Thanks for you patience and understanding.

Be cool.