NaNoWriMo is done–Success!

I apologize for not posting recently but National Novel Writing Month took most of my time, along with hosting six house guests over Thanksgiving weekend. For the second consecutive year, I successfully wrote 50,000 words of my second novel, working Continue reading NaNoWriMo is done–Success!

Technology–A Necessary Evil?

Yesterday my wife and I saw the movie Gravity starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. The writer in me loved the sci-fi/action/suspense plot line as well as the metaphors, the classic “hero’s journey,” and the juxtaposition of the vastness of space Continue reading Technology–A Necessary Evil?

Rest in Peace, Elmore Leonard. And Thanks.

I’m due for a new post, so I decided to comment about Elmore Leonard’s passing today because he was one of the great writers of the 20th and early 21st centuries. His characters were all unique, quirky, detestable but likeable Continue reading Rest in Peace, Elmore Leonard. And Thanks.

The Funniest Thing You Will Read Today

Ran across this today. Always plenty of laughs, and a fun way to stimulate one’s creativity if you are a writer or just like to play with words. http://www.bulwer-lytton.com/2013win.html Humor is a great intellectual/emotional/ even spiritual stimulant (heck, even physical because Continue reading The Funniest Thing You Will Read Today

Why Music Matters to the Neo Renaissance Writer

The first protagonist I ever wrote in a novel is Matt Lanier, a farm boy from southern Minnesota with a near-genius level IQ. He’s a professional musician in the classical and jazz arenas, but can also hunt and fish, butcher Continue reading Why Music Matters to the Neo Renaissance Writer

Tucson Festival of Books–2013

I attended the  5th annual Tucson Festival of Books last weekend. This is my third year in attendance and it seems bigger than ever. Not sure about better though. The attendance may be reaching critical mass because it gets harder Continue reading Tucson Festival of Books–2013

A Top Ten Helpful Manuscript Editing Technique

Short post this time. I’m doing a piece by piece deconstruction of a novel I highly recommend as a great read, and now recommend as a useful learning vehicle for revising writing. The book is “Prayers for Rain” by Dennis Continue reading A Top Ten Helpful Manuscript Editing Technique

Do you feel like this by the end of NaNoWriMo?

Fortunately, I didn’t. But I did get this for my efforts this month: Woohoo. I’m one for one in National Novel Writing Month success. 50,000 words in thirty days. (“Twenty-nine, actually,” he boasted.) The only problem–I’m nowhere near done with Continue reading Do you feel like this by the end of NaNoWriMo?

NaNoWriMo Update–week 3

I’m at 33,177 words, slightly behind, but still confident. Thanksgiving makes it tough to write, especially when I’m the cook and spend all day in the kitchen. Plus, house guests for the weekend make it tough to find time to Continue reading NaNoWriMo Update–week 3