The Release Day Is Here!

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Grab Your Copy Right Here!

I’m very happy to announce that The Runaway Train is now available to purchase!  Yeah, it’s moved out of that preorder stage and right into the BUY ME NOW stage!  Of course, if you are a Kindle Unlimited subscriber, this Montana Marrenger Mystery is absolutely free for you.  Not that 99 cents is much of a big deal anyway, right?

What’s that, you say?  You don’t have a Kindle?  No problem.  The wonderful people over at Amazon have a plethora of apps that you can download on your phone, PC, Mac, or Tablet!  Seriously, just click here for the Free Kindle Reading App, and you can start reading The Runaway Train in a matter of seconds.

Thank you all for your support!  The Runaway Train was a blast to write, and I can’t wait to hear what all of you think of Montana Marrenger’s very first adventure!

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Do You Have The First Draft Blues? Part II

      struggling+writer   Ever wonder how long it would take to write your first draft?  I find it interesting and even quite painstaking that someone actually rounded up these numbers, but alas, here they are.

   Writing a book can be a frightening, daunting, yet exhilarating experience. If you are struggling with the First Draft Blues (see previous post), then maybe this will help put some things into perspective for you.  Keep in mind my three guidelines: Don’t Agonize Over Getting It Right The First Time, Have Fun With It, and Be At Peace.  Set attainable, realistic goals for yourself, and you will succeed!

300,000 word count
410.9 words a day for 24 months
821.9 words a day for 12 months
1,643.8 words a day for 6 months
3,287.6 words a day for 3 months
9,868.4 words a day for 1 month
21,428.5 words a day for 2 weeks
42,857.1 words a day for 1 week

150,000 word count
410.9 words a day for 12 months
821.9 words a day for 6 months
1,643.8 words a day for 3 months
4,934.2 words a day for 1 month
10,714.2 words a day for 2 weeks
21,428.5 words a day for 1 week

100,000 word count
273.9 words a day for 12 months
547.9 words a day for 6 months
1,095.8 words a day for 3 months
3,289.4 words a day for 1 month
7,142.8 words a day for 2 weeks
14,285.7 words a day for 1 week

50,000 word count
136.9 words a day for 12 months
273.9 words a day for 6 months
547.9 words a day for 3 months
1,644.7 words a day for 1 month
3,571.4 words a day for 2 weeks
7142.8 words a day for 1 week

25,000 word count
68.4 words a day for 12 months
136.9 words a day for 6 months
273.9 words a day for 3 months
822.3 words a day for 1 month
1,785.7 words a day for 2 weeks
3,571.4 words a day for 1 week

10,000 word count
27.3 words a day for 12 months
54.7 words a day for 6 months
109.5 words a day for 3 months
328.9 words a day for 1 month
714.2 words a day for 2 weeks
1,428.5 words a day for 1 week

5,000 word count
13.6 words a day for 12 months
27.3 words a day for 6 months
54.7 words a day for 3 months
164.4 words a day for 1 month
357.1 words a day for 2 weeks
714.2 words a day for 1 week

EDITED for accuracy.

Created By addictedtoair

Do You Have The First Draft Blues?

It’s a phenomenon that occurs more often than not with many writers out there.  Sometimes, it sprouts up during the first few pages, chapters, or even near the end of the material that they’ve been pouring their hearts into.  They want to go back and perfect what they have already written, rewrite that opening scene and reimagine their main characters before they have even finished the material.

This is what I call the First Draft Blues.

It isn’t fun, by any means, and it certainly makes your book/story take an eternity to complete.  Here are some simple guidelines to help pull you out of that funk, and like dropping a pebble in a pond, help you to develop the ability to keep moving, one word after another.

Don’t Agonize Over Getting It Right The First Time!

Every writer out there has to edit or revise their work, and nothing comes out perfectly the first time through.  A general rule of thumb is that when you’ve poured your heart out into that first draft and completed it, set it aside for a couple of weeks.  Come back after the allotted period of time and re-examine the material.  This will give you the opportunity to look at your creation with fresh eyes.

Have Fun With It

Writing is a very personal experience.  The first draft is no exception, but that doesn’t meant that you should think of it as a chore.  You will dread sitting down to it everyday , and that will reflect in your piece.  Instead, allow yourself free reign, let loose, and don’t give two thoughts about what anyone else will think of your little masterpiece during the first draft stages.  What’s the most important is that you write it out, get the idea out there and completed, and have fun doing so.

Be At Peace

Atmosphere is everything to some writers.  When you are at peace, you are open to creative energy.  Creative blocks are enough to make you anxious and in an all around bad mood, but loud and busy surroundings can take that single block and build a house with it.  Set your area up for success, perhaps with music.  Remember that writing is a solitary practice.  When you are beginning to feel at peace, or in the zone, you will begin to relax and the words will spill over the pages before you know it.

Wedding

My daughter (left) at my sister in law’s wedding.

It’s been a pretty busy week.  I’ve had three exams and an out of town wedding.  It’s kind of strange how a ritualistic experience can truly tug at the heart strings, and seeing a family member begin a new life with someone is certainly no exception.

The reception was catered, and the cake buffet was pretty much a genius idea.  My daughter dancing with the bride while lightening flashed from the windows behind them really sticks out in my mind.  I would post more pictures, but for my daughter’s sake, I will not.

One of the highlights of the reception was the speeches.  After two people spoke to the newly married couple, it was asked if anyone else had something to say.  My daughter immediately ran up to the microphone in front of everyone.  My father in law raised her up to the mic, and she said “ummm, I want to say that I love my mommy and daddy.”

I don’t think that it’s possible for her to be more adorable.

Mapping and Reading

Yeah, the above pretty much sums up what I’ve been up to other than homework.  Mapping out my two novels and rearranging scenes before they are written is the name of the game, so I haven’t been doing much writing in them of late.  Sometimes I wish that I could storyboard them, but in a way what I’m doing is kind of the same thing.  As far as reading goes, I’ve picked up The Dark Tower series, as well as a suggestion from J.C. Hart.

I appreciate it, J.C. Hart.

So, nothing extremely fascinating going on, and on that note I have a message for the readers of this blog.  I do not plan, and have never intended, to dutifully sit down at my desk and spill forth the details of my life each day onto this page.  Posting what I want when the desire rises would be a proper description of my intentions on this blog.  Instead of dishing out a thousand words or more a day onto WordPress, as an author and storyteller, I feel more obliged to place my words and time onto the pages of my actual work.  So, if I have offended anyone by not posting obsessively or even what you might consider regularly, I do apologize.  Just trust that I know where my time is best spent.

 

What Is Hell?

What is Hell?  I maintain that it is the inability to love.  For that, one doesn’t need an eternity. A day will do, or even a moment.

The capacity of forgiveness and strength in the family of slain teenager Demetrius Hewlin apparently knows no bounds.  T.J. Lane , 17, admitted taking a .22-caliber pistol and a knife to Chardon High in Ohio and firing 10 shots at a group of students sitting at a cafeteria table Monday morning.  Three students died as a result.

As a father, I couldn’t even fathom what the Hewlin family is going through, and I certainly do not know if I would be able to forgive the boy who shot and killed my child.  We are talking about victims who won’t even be able to go to prom, walk across the stage for their diploma, or shape their life after high school.

Love, however, is a powerful thing.

“I taught Demetrius not to live in the past, to live in today and forgiveness is divine.  You have to forgive everything.  God’s grace is new each and every day,” Demetrius’s mother stated.  “Until you’ve walked in another person’s shoes, you don’t know what made him come to this point.”

CNN reported that the shooter “chose his victims at random.”

 

 

According to the StarTribune, “Lane did not attend Chardon High but waited there for the bus to Lake Academy, a school for students with academic or behavioral problems. Authorities would not say how and why he ended up at Lake Academy.  Fifteen-year-old Danny Komertz, who witnessed the shooting, said it appeared that the gunman singled out a group of students sitting together. He said Lane was known as an outcast who had apparently been bullied.”

My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the victims in this tragic event.

Time Travelling

We are governed by the apparatus of the tyranny of time.  Clocks, schedules, and deadlines rule every year of our lives.  These things dictate our actions, but how accurate are they?  Take birthdays for instance.  Theoretically, wouldn’t any day do?  Why celebrate your birthday on that particular day?  It isn’t the actual day that you were born.  It is the date in which you were born on a calendar.  So, we have acquired a notion that the same day keeps coming back around.

If the past becomes present because of this cycle, then wouldn’t that be some form of time-travel?  As an author of science fiction, I tend to ramble.  For that, I apologize, but sometimes it’s the simplest things that get me started creatively for the day.  One such thing, or “apparatus” would be the infamous alarm clock that set these thoughts into motion.

Somebody once told me that he wishes he could travel back in time and murder the man that invented such a cruel machine as the alarm clock.  Couldn’t the same hateful wishes be said for calendars, or planners?  Our lives function off of these things.  Indeed, they keep us on track.  Sometimes, however, it’s good to forget them altogether.  Only then can you truly relish a day (not a date) that is literally new.

Grandfather Of A Storm

JesseJamesAvatar-1It’s raining, and the lightening is like vibrant shockwaves beneath the roaring clouds.  Great torrents of water rush along the pavement, down the hill, and into the growing river that used to be a ditch along the side of the road.  The wind speaks of ancient, rumbling demons, and the water dances atop the driveway in tiny bursts.  Soon, the sun will return for a brief goodbye before peircing itself against the mountains, spilling its purple and orange lifeblood across the skies.  In the distance, the thunderheads echo their fury into the valley.

I do so adore the storms that roll across the areas in which I live.  They are so majestic, inspiring.

Absolute beauty knows no bounds.