#ThursdayWriteUp 9 – Shhh… It’s a secret!
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WOW! What a productive and creative week! “Yeah? SWEET! What’s your phenomenal word count?” You ask? Somewhere between one and two thousand. I know, not too impressive for a full-time writer. Especially for one that just took a week or two off! Well, after the time off (and then my frantic effort to get back to the grind) I’ve finally made it back to my normal level of productivity. In last week’s #ThursdayWriteUp I mentioned that I had started a new project that I was keeping secret for now. To clear things up, there are actually a few small projects and a couple of big ones. Of those, only a couple are slotted to become books. The others? Um… if I told you they wouldn’t be secret, would they? Suffice it to say that I’ve reevaluated my current efforts and have decided to revive some of my recently neglected skills, talents and passions to inspire and support my work. If you know me personally, you’ve probably got a pretty good idea of what I’m getting into here. … Continue reading

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#FridaySnippets 7 – “Bodies” (Clyde’s neighbors)
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This week’s snippet is from “Bodies”. For the moment, this is the scene that introduces both characters involved. I’ve got a few other ideas bouncing around in my head for them, so I may change their entrance (at least for one of them) to an earlier point in the story. FAIR WARNING: This is taken from the first creative draft (before any edits or corrections) so be ready for some rough writing! 😉 “Well Richard, why don’t you just go ask him?” “And just what do you suggest I say to him when I show up out of the blue with no real reason to be there? Besides, he keeps his gate locked all the time now.” Jane dropped 3 cubes of sugar, one at a time, in her tea-cup. “Does it really matter what you say? I mean, we’re neighbors! What’s wrong with a neighbor popping in to visit?” “Should I take him some brownies or maybe a pie?” “Oh, just stop it Richard! Why do you always have to be like that?” “You know Jane, … Continue reading

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#ThursdayWriteUp 8 – I’m back!
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I almost skipped my #ThursdayWriteUp two weeks ago because I had spent much of the week on things other than writing. I did spend some of that time writing, but mostly things other than my “official” projects. A little poetry, a few songs and some less than creative but necessary scribbling and figuring to keep my life in balance outside of the artistic realm. So what happened to last week’s #ThursdayWriteUp? Well, during my little break I spent some time thinking about my normal writing schedule and realized that most of the things that were distracting me were not things like finances, yard work, home repairs or the desire to take some “me time”. Care to take a guess what took first place in that contest? Time’s up. And the winner is: My writing schedule. Okay, probably not the schedule itself, but that it was a little vague and lacked structure where priority and limits were concerned. I’m still working on it but, to give you an idea of how it’s worked for me that last couple … Continue reading

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#ThursdayWriteUp 7 – Back to the grind
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I almost decided to skip this week’s #ThursdayWriteUp post since I’ve been so busy getting back into the swing of things after taking a short break. Obviously, I’ve changed my mind but I still have a busy day ahead so it’s going to be a short one. Enjoy it while you can because Winter’s coming and I get pretty long-winded when I’m cooped up for long periods of time. 😉 My creative progress this week: Two days spent primarily working on my music (including a performance at a little place while I was on the road Monday and Tuesday). A handful of new ideas scribbled in my note pad. Some for current projects, some for possible future works. Re-read what I have so far for my two primary writing efforts, “Boots” and “Bodies”, which produced a list of new ideas for both. Tapped out a small collection of snippets that will most likely be finished as songs or, if the music doesn’t come, poetry. Increased my total word count for my fiction efforts by a few thousand. … Continue reading

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#FridaySnippets 6 – “Armoth Ridge”
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Since I’ve been on the road the last couple of weeks and have written very little (and I had to make an unplanned trip to town this morning), I’ve decided to give you another taste of my recently “benched” WIP, “Armoth Ridge” for this week’s snippet. FAIR WARNING: This is taken from the first creative draft (before any edits or corrections) so be ready for some rough writing! 😉 He came home one Friday night after he made Ted take him to another strip bar in Tulsa. He got kicked out again for getting pushy with the dancers (who, of course, wanted nothing to do with him now that he was broke). Dave tore through the door ready for another good round with his “so-called, loving wife” because she had a hard time making love to him after his nights out like this and would, no doubt, be slightly less than cooperative this evening as well. He almost fell back out the door as soon as he opened it. “What the…” He stood there wide-eyed with his … Continue reading

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#ThursdayWriteUp 6 – Up a creek without a paddle.
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“In order to write about life first you must live it.” ― Ernest Hemingway Happy Thursday everyone! I’m finally done with hotel coffee for a bit! After traversing six states over the last couple of weeks, I’ve finally made it back to my own coffee pot. I’m not sure what they think you’re suppose to do with just one little teabag sized coffee pouch in hotel rooms but thankfully housekeeping was kind enough to give up a few extra per day. And that concludes my list of positive things to say about the hotels on this trip. I’ll refrain from a full hotel review on this post but, since I brought it up, I’ll give you a short version. Now, I’m not one to stay in “fancy” hotels but I definitely try to book rooms in places that at least offer the benefits, conveniences and hospitality that keep a place from being called a MOtel. Sadly, these places were barely fit for either name. To keep from turning this into a rant I’ll just give you a … Continue reading

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#FridaySnippets 5 – “Armoth Ridge”
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This week’s snippet is from my recently “benched” WIP “Armoth Ridge”. Not real intense, but a finish on the introduction of a main character (Aaron). A “calm before the storm” moment I suppose. FAIR WARNING: This is taken from the first creative draft (before any edits or corrections) so be ready for some rough writing! 😉 “Green Acres, it’s your dime.” was how Aaron answered the phone. Steve laughed and asked if he could talk to the pig. “Sorry, but he’s out fixin’ the John Deere right now, can I help you?”. “So how do ya like the old ranch so far? I hear it’s got a cute mailbox!” “Yeah, it’s just adorable…” Aaron was use to L.A. where you either had one of those mailboxes that hung on the porch wall or a mail slot in the door that made the dog feel like it got a special treat everyday about the same time for no apparent reason. He never thought he’d have his very own “cow with a turtle on it’s head” mailbox perched on … Continue reading

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#ThursdayWriteUp 5 – Want chips with that?
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What I said last week: “I will be back to a normal writing schedule next week.” Two things wrong with that: 1. The road doesn’t afford a “normal” schedule for anything. 2. The words “back to a” shouldn’t be in that statement because that would be saying that I actually had a “normal” writing schedule at one point in my life. That said, here’s what I’ve been up to this week: The weekend was primarily spent trying to gain ground on non-writing commitments that have suffered because of travel, holidays and my fight against a healthy BMI. Even so, I was able to tap out a few more bullet points for “Bodies” and spent a fair amount of time staring at the wall rethinking some of the early chapters of “Boots”. In between those moments I prepared for some time on the road. Now, I could blame my failure to reach my 12,000 word goal this week on the fact that I forgot to bring the little plastic zipper bag of real coffee to replace whatever it … Continue reading

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#FridaySnippets 4 – “Boots”
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This week’s snippet is from my primary project “Boots”. It is the introduction of Wade’s friend, Trip. As are most of my snippets, this one is a rough draft in the “almost brain-spill” category. Key word: ROUGH. Enjoy! “Hey Wade! How ya be?” Wade turned and a smile instantly covered his face. “Howdy Trip! Cain’t say I need much!” That was the normal exchange between the two of them. Their own little way of bracing for the way everyone else acted around Wade when he was in town for his shopping. The folks in town weren’t mean to him. They just seemed to think that he wasn’t too smart so they always treated him like he was a kid. They were always trying to talk him into moving to town and staying at the church home or the shelter while he applied for some kind of government assistance. When he said “Why?”, they would always answer him with “So you can have the things you need and a nice, clean place to stay and…” which always made … Continue reading

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#ThursdayWriteUp 4 – Labor Day Lazy
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Ah, what a week! Since Thursdays are my “Friday” normally, my #ThursdayWriteUp week began with a holiday. To the point, I didn’t work over the weekend. Not to say that I didn’t write. I just didn’t hold myself to hard expectations. I celebrated Labor Day by ignoring my white board, calendar, bullet lists and the little scraps of paper that take up the remaining 90% of my organizational toolbox. I boycotted structure and professional obedience. I allowed only artistic inspiration to lead me to the keyboard. Yep, I lounged on the couch, watched movies, and ate bad food for a couple of days. Don’t worry, I remembered to feed the cat. I was also able to take a few minutes to finish Rayne Hall’s (@RayneHall) “Six Scary Tales”. Expect a post about my thoughts on it in the near future (HINT: Buy it now.), but for now all I have to say is that Rayne definitely has a dark side. I’ll be starting the second book in that series in the next week or so. Amazingly, through … Continue reading

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