I received an e-mail from my cousin the other day -- a wonderfully long, heartfelt response to my debut novel. It confirmed what I had already begun to recognize: that the greatest part of writing a book is the dialogue it creates between author and reader -- between a writer and his friends. One passage of my cousin's [...]
And the truth comes out…
A Nonsensical Feat!
I did it. Today I finished Goodnight Sunshine -- acknowledgements, bio, author interview and all. 334 pages. 4 sections. 61 chapters. 1 prologue. 90,916 words. 398,135 characters. A team of 16 people: 1 author, 2 editors, 10 beta readers, 1 painter, 1 photographer and 1 graphic designer. More than 3 years, at least 6 complete drafts, and too [...]
The Soundtrack in my Head
I haven't posted for a while. Between farmers' markets and playing with kids and travelling and trying to finish the third draft of my novel, amongst the more mundane tasks of day-to-day life, I haven't been able to justify "blog time." Tonight, I sent off draft #3 to my editor/writing coach. Somehow, it is 30,000 [...]
Novels are Hard Work
When I started this blog, I decided that I wasn't going to post for the sake of posting. Hopefully this is as close as I will come to breaking that rule... I've had plenty of topics to blog about lately, but not much time to write. So when I have had time, I have focused almost entirely [...]
Dancing with Capitalism
What do I do when my book is ready? When I finally accept that it is what it is, and prepare to release my first story for public consumption...? I am willing to sign the right deal with the right publisher (whatever that means -- I'm still trying to figure out what either of those things look like), but [...]
Are you programmed to receive?
It suddenly struck me tonight that I needed to post something TODAY! On Earth Day 2014! So here goes... Only last week I was questioning whether one-time or annual events intended to raise environmental awareness -- Earth Day, Lights Out Hour and other well-meaning initiatives -- really matter. Many argue that such events merely preach to the converted, while allowing less [...]
And all that stuff…
"Everyone has at least one great book in them," said my good friend, Chris, over the music and the constant flow of beer. I can't recall where we were; I'm not even sure I knew at the time. Somewhere in Victoria, I think. But while the details of that night faded quickly, Chris's words did not. At [...]