Finished the Novel and Synopsis. Yay!

I finished the synopsis for Quaternity and have sent the manuscript and everything else off. I did it, guys, I finished it! What a long journey this has been. I feel I wrote the novel I wanted to write and told the story I wanted to tell. It wasn't like anything else I have tried …

Coasting Downhill

I finished reading my new novel Quaternity aloud. This exercise was very helpful. Not only because I found some little mistakes, but I found places where it didn't "sound" right. So I made the appropriate changes. Truman Capote once said he wrote for the ear. There's some truth in that, I think. Hearing the words …

Pictures of My Border Trip to Ruidosa, TX

Once you drive through Presidio and make it through the Chinati Mountain Pass on Farm Road 170 the next stop along the Mexico/Texas Border is Ruidosa. I wanted to stop because my latest novel Quaternity takes place outside the town for a chapter or three. It's always beneficial for a writer to see a place …

Yes, I am going to write The Great American Hobo Novel

I have finally decided I am going to do this for my next big project. I have been interested in this idea for some time. A bit tongue in cheek, but I have called this idea The Great American Hobo Novel for some time. Mostly as a place holder name. I feel there's a lot …

Chopping Out the Undergrowth of a Story and Revealing Gold

Today I will start the third (and I hope) final big edit of the new Haxan novel, Quaternity. I plan to read the novel out loud, as I mentioned before in this blog, and am eager to see (hear?) how it sounds. I've been a little stuck on another short story I finished editing, though. …

There might be blood. But then we’d have to swab it up and who wants to do that?

I am finishing the second big edit of Quaternity. This morning I finished fixing some pieces in the story that had been bothering me. I think I might be reaching a point where I am starting to do more harm than good. Too much editing can have a negative impact on a manuscript. I am …