Thursday, September 8, 2011


I hope everyone had a great Labor Day weekend. (Yeah, so I'm a little behind. What else is new? At least the writing is progressing.)

As far as my wife and I were concerned, Labor Day mostly involved lying around the house. We had just returned from a trip down to Missouri and were trying to recover from the shock of going from 100 degree days in Missouri to 60 degree days back here in Michigan. Quite a shock to the sinuses, let me tell you.

Of course, when you return from any trip that lasts more than a day or two, you always have to face the debris which builds up while you're away. For me, the largest debris pile was Google Reader, which held over 400 entries from all the writing blogs I follow. I've been rushing through the posts as fast as I can, but the queue seems to be refilling almost as fast. I suppose that's one of the consequences of having made so many new friends through the Building Your Platform Campaign. (Which I heartily recommend, BTW. Thanks, Rachel.)

Now all I have to do is start posting a little more often to give all my new followers a reason to keep coming back.

On the writing front: Even though I'm only about two-thirds of the way through the rough draft, I've gone back and started editing the first third of the book (again). I know you're not supposed to do that, but I just can't help it. Besides, after beating one's head against a chapter for a week or two and realizing it's still crap, it boosts my morale to go back and see how much better the earlier chapters read. Gives me hope that even when I write crap, it's still fixable -- at least in theory.


  1. Welcome back,hope you enjoyed the trip.

    The only reason not to start editing, is if you never intend to go back and finish the rest. Nothing wrong with a bit of a change :-)

  2. Hey there fellow Fantasy writer. That is an awesome castle up there, undoublted haunted, and I would love to spend a night there. Happy to meet you. I found you at the Campaing and am following you now.

  3. Sounds like a great trip! Good luck with the writing. Also? Crap writing is totally fixable! Just keep at it. :-)