Sunday, June 22, 2014

What a glorious, calm day...

Today was awesome.

No trips to the mall. No phones calls; NOT A SINGLE TELEMARKETER!!! No doctors appointments. Nothing that had to be done today. No honey-do list (thanks, Babe!).

And other than this entry, done while watching TV, on the couch and relaxing with a brew, no thought about all the writing I need to do.

Not a single word written on 'Arlo and Jake', book 3 or 'Etchings', another short story I'm working on.

Nothing.

What did I do? Glad you asked.

For the first time in ages, I spent all day on the patio, reading 'The Dream Map' by Jason Luthor. I started at about 9AM. I took my time, savoring the work of an author new to me. I love finding a new writer; it peaks my imagination to view a story through new eyes. You can see my review of Mr. Luthor's book on my 'Reviews' tab.

The day started perfectly; it was lightly raining when I woke. There is something about waking to raindrops and cool weather that just makes the world seem calm and peaceful.

Grabbing a fresh mug of coffee and the Sunday paper, I walked out on the patio, savoring the smells and sounds of a soft Texas drizzle. The coffee tasted extra bold, the Comics were extra funny and I even read the front section of the Dallas Morning News.

Then I grabbed my Android tablet and loaded up the Kindle App. I spent the rest of the day playing in a realm of Sword, Sorcery and Dragons. It was wonderful.

Next week is a new chance to write. A fresh set of moments to let my imagination roam and play. I'm looking forward to the challenge.

My wish for you is a fresh set of moments and the desire to embrace your challenges.

Be cool.
Be happy.
Just Be!




Monday, June 9, 2014

Now that's more like it!

I just passed 15,000 words on book 3 of my 'Arlo and Jake' SciFi series. Whoo Hoo!

I've been pushing myself nights to move this story forward. I really want to get book 3 published this month! But it's been a real struggle some nights.

Part of the problem is that I want this book to be better than the first two. I want a really satisfying, interesting plot, better dialog, more laughs and guffaws but with a great adventure story. Not too much to ask, is it? ;-)

The first book was short, meant to be an novelette to introduction the series and give readers a taste of what's to come.

Book two brought in some more characters, including a nasty antagonist with his own back story. Taash and the D'bak bring some evil interest into the story line.

In book three, I want to explore and enhance everything in this series!

Therein lies the rub! ;-) I've been pulling what little hair I have left going over and over the story and dialog, trying a plot twist here and a pun there. It's been a real challenge.

But this weekend I used the old backup trick that's got me past this 'problem' before. I read, re-read and re-read the story, out loud, from the beginning to the end, over and over. Each time I found the little glitches and fixed them. Until I made it all the way through without any major hiccups. I still have little places to improve but I just marked them with 'XXX need this there' comments and moved on.

It feels great! Now on to the mid-point of the story! Yaaahhhhhhh.....!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Blog shuffle!

I just added 2 pages to the blog, 'Genome the novel' and 'Arlo and Jake the series'!

Now I can post when I'm getting Arlo or Jake into trouble! ;-) Which is my favorite thing to do, outside of sitting on the patio with a glass of 'Rodeo Red' and a plate of nachos! Of course, I could do both...

Book Three of the Arlo and Jake wacky SciFi series in nearing the halfway point! Whoo Hoo!

I've established lots of new characters and the plot is thickening nicely, even as I sip this fine red. Now you can follow the journey as I wrestle with new bad guys, new concepts and new ways to torture my heroes.

I'll post on the Genome page too, providing snippets of the story or dialog. It was my first real novel, so I'm always finding places where it could be improved. I'll try to keep you up to date on where I went wrong and how I'm going to change the story to make it better. Now if only Hollywood would get off it's lazy butt and call about that movie option... ;-)

Of course I'll continue to blog here about ePub, writing, reading, movies, scripts and other interesting stuff.

A popular new blog post series I'm going to continue is my 'interview' with Arlo. I have more interviews lined up with different characters from my book and maybe other cool authors!

Be cool, my friends.