Day 5

It’s 9:33pm and I have less than 1,000 words so far today. It has been a struggle so far. My day job had a potluck breakfast this morning so I spent my “before work” time baking an omelet casserole to take. But, that was okay because I would have an entire hour at lunch to write and I can usually hit 2,000 works in 45 minutes. But, not today. Today, I was struggling with my inner critic who kept telling me what I was writing of boring and dull and never mind that I would edit it later that, editing would be the equivalent of putting lipstick on a pig. So, I allowed myself to drift away from the laptop.

Today is just a day with very low writing mojo. I only got 910 words in. I think I’m going to have to accept that for today. Tomorrow I will try to catch up. Hopefully, I will be able to make up some words.

Tomorrow I will have to crank up the playlist and get it together. Lately, I have been listening to a lot of Black Light Ascension. I hope they can come through for me tomorrow.





Day 3 and Beyond

Good Evening Dear Reader,

I know it is later than normal for my daily check-in. But, my weekends are a little less structured when it comes to writing than weekdays.  It was a typically Saturday filled with running errands and doing the weekly grocery shopping. But, something really cool did happen.

I was at Bed, Bath and Beyond doing a little Christmas shopping and I ran into a co-work. We work in different departments so I don’t see him every day but when we do have time to chat, he is just one of those people who you could talk to for hours. We have some things in common and he is a terrific storyteller. Well, today I got to meet his wife. She is just one of the sweetest people you could ever meet and when it comes to science fiction and alien stories, well she is a kindred spirit for sure. We started talking about our shared love of all things science fiction. My co-worker mentioned my books and the conversation turned to writing and the process and plots etc. Well, long story short, I’m taking copies of my books to work on Monday for her. I hope/think I found just the person I write my books for. The perfect reader! I do hope she enjoys them. But, it was such a treat to meet her and talk to her about everything I enjoy and she didn’t look at him like I had three heads even once!

I did manage to hit my target word count for the day, but only just a few minutes ago. So I did manage 2,235 words today. So I’m up to a grand total of 6,774. I’m pretty happy about it.

Tomorrow, I am not leaving the house, so I’m hoping for more productivity.



The Spoken Word

Dear Reader,

As an author, the spoken word is nothing something I give a lot of thought to on a daily basis. Words are necessary and are as natural as breathing. Throughout the course of the day, we use our verbal skills to communicate with our friends, family, and co-workers. And while we might think about them to the extent that we do not want to hurt someone’s feelings or say something inappropriate or that we might regret, we don’t think about them or least I don’t think about them as much as I do the written word. The written word takes careful planning, crafty, massaging into the message we want to convey. Sometimes this act is quite impossible or frustrating.

But, once you string what you believe are the right words to tell your story, the spoken word can then add life to those written words.  One such artist who turns written words into wonderful spoken words is Heather August. She is the narrator of The Deceived. She gives so much life to my story, it makes me feel like I’m hearing it for the first time. Heather and I will be working on the audio for Gray’s Requiem soon. But, until then check out The Deceived on audible.


Perfect Endings

The weather is perfect this weekend. Yesterday was warm and sunny and just right for visiting a book sale and the market followed by a little gardening. The day’s activities ended with late afternoon meal on the patio. Today, it is still warm, but cloudy and rainy. Perfect for writing, catching up on some reading and doing laundry.

With regard to the writing. I’m struggling with the third and final book in the Maggie Gray trilogy. I don’t like the story that I have written so far. I’m not happy with the ending of this adventure and my characters offer no help whatsoever.

So as a distraction, I am working on developing two new characters and their own story. Nash and Claire are a bit more cooperative in allowing me to write their story. Stay tuned, a new series will be coming out later this year featuring these two.