When Do You Hit Your Stride?

Writing a novel like writing anything is hard work.  It takes determination, skill and careful planning to get a novel off the ground.  It is definitely not like writing a short story or a poem because of the sheer amount of words necessary, the characterization, the subplots and all of the other bells and whistlesContinue reading “When Do You Hit Your Stride?”

The Day Job

School has been in session for a week and a half now and I must admit I am somewhat overwhelmed at times.  I have decided to start out the year teaching 11th graders a hard and fast course in grammar. The first week was nearly a wash in that we had two days of orientation,Continue reading “The Day Job”

My Daughter’s Gift

Last night I lay in bed with laptop open, writing away at Come Apart, my newest WIP.  Due to school starting up, the self-imposed renovation of my classroom, the induction of several new alternative education students into my program and a myriad of other things I have been neglecting it. It is always difficult to pickContinue reading “My Daughter’s Gift”

Sending One Book Along, Focusing On the Next One

This week was exciting! I offered my book This Broken Earth as a completely free Kindle edition and watched as copy after copy was downloaded.  The final total was 689. So what now? I have raised the price of This Broken Earth to $2.99 which is still dirt cheap.  The point is, that if you are one ofContinue reading “Sending One Book Along, Focusing On the Next One”

New Podcast Up: Where Have All the Good Writers Gone?

Ryan and I had a great time discussing the lackluster summer movie season and why most of the films to hit theaters this summer have been colossal duds.  Could it be that writing has taken a back seat to possible blockbuster “sure things”?  What if the “sure things” don’t fly?  They can’t if they haveContinue reading “New Podcast Up: Where Have All the Good Writers Gone?”

Why I Quit the Indiegogo Campaign

So you may have noticed that I cancelled the Indiegogo campaign.  It was an experiment anyway, and since I hadn’t heard a peep from anyone wanting to fund the print edition of my book I decided to not be embarrassed at the end of the 45 day run to find that no one had fundedContinue reading “Why I Quit the Indiegogo Campaign”

R is for Retrospective

It’s been almost a year and a half since I started blogging, and even though it has had its ups and downs, here lately I’m seeing my numbers drop off slowly and steadily.  It makes me wonder if this blogging thing is really all it’s cracked up to be. I won’t quit.  No way.  IContinue reading “R is for Retrospective”

Jesus and the Christian Writer

I’m a Christian writer.  In a nation that is becoming increasingly post-Christian I am proud to call myself a Christian writer.  If you do not believe that we are becoming a post-Christian nation, that there is hope for our nation to “go back to God”, then we have a long way to go, and inContinue reading “Jesus and the Christian Writer”

Tolkien on Inspiration

Today’s post is fortuitous in that Tolkien is again in the news.  Yesterday NPR ran a story about an ancient Roman ring that may have been the inspiration for The One Ring in Tolkien’s Middle Earth epic.  You can find “The Vyne” here, but the summary of the story is that Tolkien was brought inContinue reading “Tolkien on Inspiration”

Killing the Narrator

When creating an outline for a novel, I think very carefully about point of view. The biggest problem I usually have is picking a point of view that works for the entire novel but also has a thematic purpose. Today’s most common point of view is third person singular which follows one character throughout theContinue reading “Killing the Narrator”