On your mark…

Here we are, once again, approaching November at life’s fast pace. For the third year I’ll be trying to complete the Nano Wrimo challenge. (National novel writing month) The challenge is to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. I completed it last year, and from that came my book “Within the Brass Web”. This year I am actually planning something different. Instead of one novel, I intend to make a compilation of Flash Fiction stories, (A thousand words or less.) centered around a little town. I have a couple of plot lines planned out, that will run through this strange place in Wyoming. This is also the first book I’m laying out information in advance. I won’t be writing from the hip like I usually do. I can’t, this book is too complicated and time is too short to have to stop and look at things.

SO, this year’s goal is 50 flash fiction stories from a little town called Nowhere. From this I hope to pull enough good stories together to publish at least a Novelia. We’ll see how it goes.
Writers on your mark…

You’re only as good as…

“You’re only as good as your last book written.”

That is the phrase I’ve heard many author friends say. It seems to be a mantra for authors that write for a living. In my limited, but ever-expanding view of the writing world, I took it to mean, you have to keep writing, keep putting your stories out there for people to read. It made sense to me.
The other day, I believe the real meaning of that phrase was shown to me. In the non-writing world it would translate to: “Practice makes perfect.” I’m not talking about spelling, grammar or even sentence structure, there are programs that can help you with those. I’m talking about getting your thoughts to flow onto the page well enough that others understand what you mean. An author friend of mine once said: “It’s not what you intended your story to be about. The reader only has the written words to judge your story by.”

My revelation came to me as a friend was reading a series of short stories I’m writing for an anthology project. She said, “I can tell which one was the last one you wrote, because it’s better than the others.” When asked what she meant, she explained. It wasn’t my sentence structure or my dialog, I’ve always been decent with those. It was the depth of the story I conveyed with my words. She really couldn’t explain it better, but the meaning hit me. The more I write the better the connection between my mind and the keyboard. The better that connection becomes the better (hopefully) my writing will become.

So I’m not just writing to publish stories, I’m writing to improve the stories that I publish. I can live with that.

My Shadow

As my son enters into his tween years, I’ve noticed more and more that the things I like to do, he also likes. Which is pretty cool in some ways, and really scary in others. I want to say my wife makes me be a better man, but that is nothing in comparison to what my son makes me want to be. If he’s my shadow, then his base line in standards starts with me. Yeah, that’s a lot of pressure, but pretty cool. When I spend time writing or playing my guitar, or gaming, so does he. He’s very creative and some of the stories he’s pecked out on the keyboard are pretty good for his age. The only problem I have is that I’m a recovering couch potato and that’s a trait I don’t want him to start.

I just want to make sure that my shadow doesn’t reflect my faults.

The Book Store

I was in a large chain book store the other day. As I always do, I looked around for some others author’s books. I was amazed or amused, that I found several books in the “new” section that I know have been out since last summer. Now I’m glad my friends are still on the shelf, but what happened to their latest books? I’m beginning to wonder if these stores actually can’t keep up with the new style of publishing. Only time will tell I guess. In the mean while, I think I’ll stick with my decision to stay electronic. After all, no trees will ever die because of my thoughts. That could just be a waste of paper.

Enough talk already.

Well for better or worse, it’s time to let this book fly on its own. I can write all day and edit even longer but at some point I need to let be done. I know I’m a beginning author, but I really think this is a great effort. Still, there is more to learn and room to grow. I’ve always excepted criticism with an open mind and I’m sure (even hoping) others will care enough to make comments. As author Mur Laffery (Heaven Series and Playing for Keeps) said in her workshop. “You have to have skin of bark and an iron will.”  In other words, good or bad, people will comment on my works but its the only way to grow as an author, if you don’t take it personally.

So enough talk already, the griffin is out in the wild. See my Stories page for a link(s) to where it can be found.

Thank you kind supporters.