2016 Recap and 2017 Goals

2016 Recap and 2017 Goals
Here goes! 2016 Recap What a year. I’m keeping this about me (my blog, after all), not politics, celebrity losses, crazy out in the world, or anything else. Just the highlights, though. I’m sure I’m leaving out some stuff here, but I’m just hitting the high points here…. January: Started writing a short story a ...

Nervous About Edits

Nervous About Edits
I received an email from my publisher, WordFire Press, on October 25th asking for the “current final manuscript” of Griffin’s Feather. They’d assigned an editor to the project, and were ready to move forward with the publishing process. Instead of being elated or excited, my main emotion was nerves. Loads of nerves. So serious, I ...

Mental Disorders in the Creative Mind

Mental Disorders in the Creative Mind
There have been a great number of studies in the creative mind and how it relates to mood instability, erratic behavior, and general mental disorders. This is not such a study. Everything here is anecdotal from a personal standpoint, not scientific. Keep that in mind as you peruse my words. Also, nothing here is meant ...

Thirty Years Gone By

Thirty Years Gone By
Wow. 30 years. I was 12. One of Challenger’s SRBs burned a hole in the EFT and it exploded. This forced the space shuttle to disintegrate under sheer winds from the massive speed it had obtained during its 73 seconds of flight. All seven crew on board were killed that day. Those are the cold ...

SMART Goals

When I was a manager at a past Day Job, we had to take a 2.3 million hours worth of classes on “how to manage” and related topics. 99.99999% of the classes were absolutely worthless to me in my daily life, the Day Job, every job I’ve had since, and probably everything I ever will ...

My Ghost of Christmas Past

My Ghost of Christmas Past
For the first time in my life, I’m looking forward to Christmas. In my previous 40+ years of having Christmas happen to me, I think I’m ready to celebrate it this year. Here’s why: I’m the child of divorced parents. I don’t have any memories of my parents being married. I was too young when they ...

I Made Myself Quit Writing

I Made Myself Quit Writing
I good friend of mine works in a variety of capacities for a literary agent. One of the many hats she wears is that of a slush reader for the incoming queries. She shares inspirational (and warning) tidbits on Facebook from the slush pile without identifying the author that sent the query. Her post from today ...

Chuck Wendig Challenge: Why I Write

Chuck Wending posted a flash fiction challenge here. I’ve taken up the challenge. Here goes my (up to) 1000 words: This requires quite a bit of introspection on my part. I started writing when I was ten years old. I walked away. I picked it back up when I was fifteen, and dropped it again. ...

Turning Things Around

I’ve hesitated making this post for a while. I received some good news today that changed my mind about posting this, so here it is…. I’ve been down on myself for a good number of months now as far as my writing goes. I’ve faced some emotional challenges. I’ve battled doubts. I’ve run against my ...

Childhood Home

Childhood Home
I found out this morning that the home I consider the most important one I’ve ever had burned down in the early morning hours. While I lived in a good number of homes growing up, this is the one I consider my childhood home. My grandparents bought the home in 1978 when I was five ...