Monday, February 25, 2019


Posting is going to be thin for a bit.

The wife, cats and I are moving and selling the house. All my stuff will be in boxes for probably six months while we sell, buy and move. Well, not ALL my stuff.

Every author needs a few things at close hand:

  • Coffee pot
  • Computer
  • Cats

Please note that Pants did not make the list.

I am still on track for my writing goal of 1,000 words a day. February was not as good as January. This whole packing and moving thing got in the way.

March is back on track.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Writer's Research

I have a character in my next novel that loves cigars. I personally do not know Jack about them but enjoy one every so often. This infographic was a big help.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Quotes of the Week

Show me a hero, and I'll write you a tragedy.
—F. Scott Fitzgerald

Develop interest in life as you see it; in people, things, literature, music. The world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself.
—Henry Mancini

The notion of talent is quite irrelevant. I see instead perseverance, application... will, will, will, desire, desire, desire.
—Gordon Lish

Writing is hard work. A clear sentence is no accident. Very few sentences come out right the first time, or even the third time.
—William Zinsser

Writers write while dreamers procrastinate.
—Besa Kosova

The only thing worth writing about is the conflict in the human heart.
—William Faulkner

When I sit down to write a book, I do not say to myself, ‘I am going to produce a work of art.’ I write it because there is some lie that I want to expose, some fact to which I want to draw attention, and my initial concern is to get a hearing.
—George Orwell

Words are sacred. They deserve respect. If you get the right ones, in the right order, you can nudge the world a little.
—Tom Stoppard

This is the extraordinary thing about creativity: If just you keep your mind resting against the subject in a friendly but persistent way, sooner or later you will get a reward from your unconscious.
—John Cleese

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Quotes of the Week

There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.
—W. Somerset Maugham

Write. Rewrite. When not writing or rewriting, read. I know of no shortcuts.
—Larry L. King

The hardest part is believing in yourself at the notebook stage. It is like believing in dreams in the morning.
—Erica Jong

You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.
—William Faulkner

I believe more in the scissors than I do in the pencil.
—Truman Capote

Substitute "damn" every time you're inclined to write 'very;' your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.
—Mark Twain

I'm not a very good writer, but I'm an excellent rewriter.
—James Michener

I'm not a very good writer, but I'm an excellent rewriter.
—James Michener

Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.
—Pablo Picasso

I write to be the characters that I am not.
—Joss Whedon

If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. It's the hard that makes it great.
—Tom Hanks