The Winter of my Discontent

Status of current project:


Word Count thus far: 43,643

Page Count thus far: 141 pages

Goal for this week: About to retool the goals, as I took a couple of months off

There are times in your life when you feel like writing, then there are the last two months. I’ve written about 3,000 words on Book 2 and no blogging has occurred whatsoever. Sometimes when your brain tells you it needs a break, you should drive on, but this time I think the creative well just needed to fill back up. Part of it was the business of holiday season, part of it was work, part of it was a couple of speed bumps on the road to publication of late, part of it even I probably don’t fully understand, but the short short version is that getting into my writing “happy place” has not been all that easy of late. Lots of ideas coming, just having trouble getting motivated to sit my butt in the chair and do it. This little blog is my effort to get back on the wagon.

That being said, my new manifesto is to be at 80,000 words by my 39th birthday, if not further. That would be Act 2 of Book 2 done, with only Act 3 to go. That’s 37,000 words in 21 weeks, or 1761 words (my previous 5 pages) per week. I’ve done it before, I can do it again.

Does this sound like someone giving himself a pep talk. It should. 😉

Congratulations to Carrie Ryan on her Bram Stoker nomination for her 2009 debut novel The Forest of Hands and Teeth. I wish her all the best in winning this prestigious award! I’m certain she’s ecstatic just being nominated. I tried to vote, but the Horror Writing Community called the cops and had me escorted out!!! How rude! 😉

Met a man named David Schlosser at a recent writers workshop who does some publishing consulting and may be starting a publishing company. We had a great first meeting, so we will see if that bears any fruit. No current irons in the fire as far as agents go – I’m thinking about doing another entire revision prior to letting anyone else look at it.

And with that, I will continue with my best impersonation of glacier. Will put down a page before bed tonight. Big question for me lately has been to work on Book 2 of Pawn Stratagem or get to work on The Mussorgsky Riddle. Thoughts?


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