I love to talk about how good writers have it these days. We’re super lucky in so many ways, simply to have the calling that we do. Some authors may feel like they chose to write books; many of us feel that writing chose us, or that there was no choice. There’s a part of us that has to write, to get those stories or ideas out there in the best way we can, and not stop no matter how many times we type ‘The End’. It’s nice to realize that the thing that chose you has so much flexibility and longevity built into it, and that those things are getting better every day.
Did you ever dream of being an athlete? I didn’t. I knew back then what they’re finally telling us now: the most rewarding sports are the most dangerous, and success still means minimal brain damage and constant pain for the long period of your life where you can no longer compete with others. One season of football in junior high taught me that smacking into someone or something full speed gave me headaches and an inability to focus. That’s American football, by the way. There was no organized futbal (uh, soccer?) going on in high school when I was a kid, and even those guys retire awful young; so I withdrew back into drawing and reading. Like public school programming, I realized pretty early on that eager participation would result in the loss of some precious part of me that I would need later, so I withdrew for the most part from both. Continue reading “Why I Love To Write #017 – In It For The Long Haul”
We are all familiar with the advice to never judge a book by its cover. Authors are also familiar with the cold hard truth of the matter: your book will always be judged by its cover. It turns out that you actually can judge a book pretty well by its cover, in most cases. It’s more good news for authors willing to invest in their books, and bad news for those who just want to write. Let me tell you what I’ve done, to give you a few ideas. Continue reading “Why I Love To Write Bonus Post – Please Judge My Book By Its Cover”
Let’s slip back into the time stream as smoothly as possible here. I can rant, and get all lovey, and even wax philosophical from time to time; but I always bring it back around.
I had published my first book when Dawn and I came back into each other’s lives. I had hand-written my second book, the first installment in the ‘Walking Between Worlds’ trilogy. I thought I needed her to get it typed up, and find the right publisher. I thought she needed to keep focusing on the route I had learned about in books. I knew I wanted her to be my partner in life; I thought I needed her to be an assistant of sorts when it came to my books. Yeah, I was wrong about a bunch of things. Luckily, she wasn’t afraid to tell me so. Continue reading “Why I Love To Write #013 – Sudden Insight! Publishing!”
This will be the most personal post in this series, as far as events from my life go. Feel free to skip it, or like it more than all the others; I certainly hope that one person in particular does. You see, I can’t tell my story without making it a love story at some point. I realized this when I had a good look at my own hierarchy of needs, way back then; but there was no story to tell. Then I made an effort to clean up something from my past, and now I have a love story to tell. Settle in, it’s a pretty good one. Continue reading “Why I Love To Write #011 – The Right Partner: A Love Story”
So there I was, with a head full of ideas and the commitment to get started leaving my legacy. And a bunch of blank pages. Right away I remembered something I had learned along the way: working on a project every day is one of the best ways to get it done. Making the time for it shows both you and the Universe that you are serious enough to make that time; with an attitude to go with that strict schedule, you can really get started and keep going. In fact, you can do just about anything. It will, of course, take some time; that’s why we schedule for it. Continue reading “Why I Love To Write #010 – An Hour A Day”
I have enjoyed writing this blog more than I thought I would. Rather than look ahead to some possible end date like I did when it first started, I now look to the future and see a myriad of possible directions to take and look forward to pursuing each path. It’s been a great way for me to get reacquainted with some of my own writings and to give all of you a window into my creative process and personal progress that you can look through any time. Watching readership not only grow but spread around the globe has been a touching experience to say the least. As long as folks keep reading every week, I intend to keep sharing every week. My sincere gratitude goes out to everyone who has joined me on this wonderful ride.
Many of you are familiar with my first book, Stumbling Backasswards Into the Light. It is the story of my first spiritual awakening: the questions I asked when I finally got around to asking worthwhile questions and the answers I found that turned my life from a directionless sinkhole to a purposeful and happy adventure. This was first published in 2012, over a decade after I wrote it, and I was very pleased with the final product. Continue reading “About my next book…”