Monday, October 12th, 2015 8:34 PM

writing again 101215Um, I uh, just finished another short story. Shh, don’t tell too many people; it’s unedited (a sin for which my highly educated and exceptionally gifted writer of a daughter may never forgive me). But I decided, why not? This blog is really a sandbox for me. And of course, some of you pick up your shovels and toy cars and join me in the sandbox from time to time; giving me ideas, encouragement, or even a simple Facebook “like”. So even though the story is unedited (apart from my own eyes), I’m sharing it with you.  Continue reading

Tuesday, April 7, 2015, 7:16 PM

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Cairn (a mound of rough stones built as a memorial or landmark, typically on a hilltop or skyline)

Is it really only Tuesday? I’ve reached one of those times at work with far more to do than hours in the day to do it. That can be a scary place to be, but I’m finding it exhilarating (ask me again in a few days and we’ll see if I still feel that way). After a quick lunch at my desk today, I decided I could afford a brisk 15 minute walk. Not only are there the obvious health benefits, but stepping away like that gives me a clearer head for the afternoon. Anyway. While meandering through stairwells and hallways (I walk inside an office building) I thought about the rest of my day. And I thought about how I’d planned to spend some of the evening writing. One small part of me rebelled. No way! You’ve been writing, designing training, communicating, etc. all day. You need a break! But very quickly, that part of me was drowned out by a much louder voice shouting, Yes!! I can’t wait! I truly was excited to get back to the keyboard. Continue reading

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 7:48 PM

16For those keeping score, I’ve just completed revision one out of six revisions I’m planning of the novel I started during NaNoWriMo this past November. That may not sound like a very high score; one out of six. That’s 16%. Or more realistically, it’s probably something like 8%, since I need to go back and do it all again to make sure I got the story right (the way I want it). But…I completed that first revision in about three weeks, working about an hour a night, five nights (or weekend days) a week. So at that rate, I’ll be finished with all six revisions by…oh heck, you do the math; I’m focusing on the writing.  Continue reading

Sunday, January 18th, 4:08PM

grammar devotionalI’m not naïve. I’m optimistic with a dose of the realistic. I knew that after cranking out 50,100 words of a novel in 30 days I’d need to spend significantly more time revising it.  And so it was from that perspective that I attended a seminar last Monday evening at the local library taught by Dr. Juliet Kincaid on revising your novel. The target audience was people who completed NaNoWriMo this year. And fun fact: I learned the creator of this international month-long writing contest, Chris Baty is not only from my own Overland Park, Kansas, but he graduated from the same high school as my daughter. Hearing something like that, yet another thread that connects me to a larger whole is motivating.

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