So, I write books. Sometimes I do it in beautiful isolation, locked away with my own thoughts, ready to make my own mistakes and claim my own victories. Sometimes I write with this Craig A. Hart fellow, trying my best to keep pace with him, but really just doing enough work so that I can … Continue reading Regarding the Cleanup of Old Business
The Terror of Tijuana
I don't know for sure when I started doing it. It was before I left for college, I think. Maybe 1977? Somewhere around there I started the annoying habit of taking time to reflect upon the past year and speculate about the next. Ugh. I mean, Oh. My. God. I hate people who summarize their … Continue reading The Obligatory…
Here is what I'm thinking: In the months since I finished writing The Terror of Tijuana, my work effort has been, if I'm being honest, hit or miss at best. This is not all straight laziness and negligence, but those are certainly big components. There were other elements in play, and everything seemed to come … Continue reading A Notion
Did you ever get the scoop? Were you ever the first to know what everyone else would soon be talking about? Well, if not and if this is something that appeals to you - being in the vanguard, being the first to know... I'm sorry. You aren't in this case. Yeah, this is kind of … Continue reading The Scoop
A Cover! A Release Date! An Engine?
July tends to be a productive month for me. Maybe it's the warm weather, the sunshine turning the old bod into a vitamin D factory. I don't know. But I do know this: The Terror of Tijuana will be released on August 2 That's right! Northern Lake Publishing will again take a chance on your's … Continue reading A Cover! A Release Date! An Engine?
I Don’t Know Why I Do This to Myself
I mean, I really don't. Okay, listen: I've written a few books now. A handful. But even with my limited output, I've learned a thing or two about this writing gig. There are things you can learn about writing from other people. That's why every liberal arts college in the known universe offers courses in … Continue reading I Don’t Know Why I Do This to Myself
Desperately Pursuing Integrity
I have been dropping hints. An email newsletter here, a post on my Facebook readers' group... Let me pause here to mention that if you haven't, you can sign up for either or both. At any rate, I've been leaving these little bread crumbs to indicate that I was going to start being a little … Continue reading Desperately Pursuing Integrity
Things That Need To Happen
Here's what's happening in frigid Central New York at present! First of all, my new pup Miles has nearly doubled in size since we got him. He may have doubled in cuteness as well. I'm less sure about that because I don't have an accurate tool to measure cuteness. I guess I'll let you decide. … Continue reading Things That Need To Happen
Dealing with Catastrophe
Let me tell you something: there are few things more traumatic to an active writer these days than the death... ...of one's computer. On Wednesday the 28th, I did some work, saved everything, then went to my sister-in-law's birthday party. We left about 6:30 pm. When we returned at about 9:30 pm, I went into … Continue reading Dealing with Catastrophe
Part One: He writes about writing about writing. Writers sure do love to write about writing. We're ridiculous. Anytime we're not writing for pay we're writing about the experience of having written for pay, or not for pay. Or whatever. We just love to hear ourselves go on. I have always likened this activity to … Continue reading The Process