Writing Progress: Providence

Word count so far: 14,153. When I began this series, my intention was to tell a story that was engaging and suspenseful, a story that was written in an epic space opera backdrop, but eventually lead the reader on a journey of faith.  I think I’m getting there. The first novel, The Terminarch Plot, is completelyContinue reading “Writing Progress: Providence”

Writing Progress: Reaching the End of Something

Word count so far: 12,441 Today I have reached the end of where I have written a detailed outline for the novel and am now venturing into the territory of the skeletal outline. Let me explain. I work on a novel in stages.  I first use a mapping program like Mind Node to do tonsContinue reading “Writing Progress: Reaching the End of Something”

New Podcast Up: Dying Hard for Your Hero

One evening last week I was home alone (sort of) and was mourning the loss of Alan Rickman, so I watched “Die Hard”. Even though I had seen the film many times, I learned a valuable lesson about writing about action heroes from the film that I want to share with everyone. This episode isContinue reading “New Podcast Up: Dying Hard for Your Hero”

A Strange Reason For Writing Even Though I’m Not Famous

I’ve been at this writing game for most of my life.  I started writing short stories, horror stories, in high school and the writing bug has never let me go.  There have been periods of my life where I have been more prolific than others, but all in all I continue to write. I’ve hadContinue reading “A Strange Reason For Writing Even Though I’m Not Famous”

Writing Progress: The Conundrum

Word Count of Novel: 9399 I wrote some good dialogue today.  The female lead is really annoyed at the main character right now…and will be for some time.  It’s fun making their relationship complicated.  She’s pretty mysterious, but doesn’t really need him around after all.  The scary monsters I introduced in yesterday’s session have beenContinue reading “Writing Progress: The Conundrum”

Writing Progress: Horrifying Monsters

Novel Word Count So Far: 8,707 Today was a tough day at the office but a great day for writing.  I needed a couple of days to mull over the plot in order to make the changes necessary to make it good. I’ve been building up the dangers of a certain creature I have createdContinue reading “Writing Progress: Horrifying Monsters”

Writing Progress: Female Lead Introduced

Word count of novel: 8112 Today I wrote a fun passage where my male hero, who thinks he is the last human in existence, find out that there was another human living on another planet all along. And she’s female. His reaction to her is at first fear because she is disguised to look likeContinue reading “Writing Progress: Female Lead Introduced”

Being An Indie Novelist is Tough, But Rewarding

It’s time to rant. I haven’t had serious time to work on the second book in my science-fiction series because I have been swamped with the day job, and swamped with my side jobs. I’m a high school English teacher by trade, and at the start of the year I had things under control.  However,Continue reading “Being An Indie Novelist is Tough, But Rewarding”

New Podcast Up: We Go To Mars!

In this podcast first, we attempt to record the podcast from two different locations. I don’t know. We think it may be a success. You be the judge. Anyway, on this podcast we discuss Weir’s best selling book “The Martian” and what we thought made it a great novel. We also discuss Gotham, The BlackContinue reading “New Podcast Up: We Go To Mars!”

What Andy Weir (Author of “The Martian”) Can Teach Us About Writing

This summer I burned through several books in the down time between publishing The Terminarch Plot all the other things I had to do around the house.  One of the best books I read this summer, soon to be a major motion picture starring Matt Damon, was The Martian by Andy Weir. The book is amazing, a veryContinue reading “What Andy Weir (Author of “The Martian”) Can Teach Us About Writing”