Summer’s End

August is drawing to a rapid close. Hopefully this week won’t drag too badly, I’m looking forward to a three-day weekend (despite the forecast for rain off and on all weekend). But it seems a good time to pass along a few thoughts on random, seemingly unrelated topics. Game of Thrones – I’ve been hearing…

Feedback

There is a reality in the world of science and technology known as a feedback loop. This is that incredibly annoying screech from a microphone when someone first starts talking into it, before they turn their volume down. It’s painful, but it has a very simple cause and effect. You speak… your words flood out…

I’m not Crazy

When I was in high school, there were three types of music I loved most. Alt rock was my mainstay, led by bands like U2 and REM. New Wave was a close second, with DEVO and Flock of Seagulls high on my list. And then there was punk. Henry Rollins, the Ramones, anything that was…

Consideration

Becoming a writer has been easy. Seriously, don’t let anyone feed you these long, sad, sob stories about how they tried and strained and sweated and cried for years and years about becoming a writer. Writing is as simple as sitting down… and writing. That’s literally it. No further consideration! Simple! Any moron with a…

Editing Schmediting

The differences between working on my first novel (the still unpublished and seemingly never to be published Shadow Of A Doubt) and my latest work in progress (Summer) continue through the editing process.  I think it’s intriguing to note how much things have changed. When I finished SOAD, it was a hot freaking mess.  It…

Excerpt from “Summer”

Chapter I from my fantasy novel, SUMMER, which is complete at 108,000 words. Part I – June   God offers us yearly a necklace of twelve pearls; most men choose the fairest, label it June, and cast the rest away. ~Thomas Wentworth Higginson   1 – Ernesto promised his Memorial Day Moose Bash and Squirrel…

Tweeting the Day Away

I have been remiss in getting up the vacation posts, but I’ve started writing one and will get around to it, I promise.  Mostly I’ve been writing and writing and… well writing.  And that doesn’t count the time I’ve wasted on Twitter, which I’ve suddenly found infinitely more useful. For those of you who want…

On the Road Again

I wish I were on the road again, but in this case I mean “back to real life instead of a long, slow, enjoyable vacation drive with the wife.”  Yesterday was the start of my second week back to work since we returned, and the first day I finally hit my mark with writing again…