I grew up before computers. When I submitted stories to publishers or magazines I had to send thick stacks of paper through the mail. I didn't do it often because of the expense and the horrible task of typing. I suck at typing. Then 'Word Star' arrived in the early '80s. I was in love. … Continue reading Writing Through the Ages
Our past week has been busy with the holiday season ramping up. Andrea and I haven't had a lot of time to post and part of the reason is our work on Quirni. We are almost done with the final edit and are working on the cover design. I am thrilled that our beta reader … Continue reading What Next?
I look back at some of my old writing and I am embarrassed. There are so many different ways to write poorly and I seem to have tried them all. I'm still trying them. The hell of it is, when in the midst of those particular works, when I was putting those words together, I … Continue reading How Embarrassing
There are different levels of editing whenever you're working on something. For painting, it's all in the pre-planning because if you're in certain mediums, there is no fixing it afterwards. In writing, there is a large timeframe available for fixing it afterwards, but that comes with a conundrum because there are too many things to … Continue reading Editing Book Five
We're editing Bliss, book five of the Quirni series. It's been a lot of editing and fact checking, and so much more. We've added chapters and deleted chapters. We've changed chapter beginning and endings around. But this is the first time we have had to do a major rewrite in this book. When I realized what … Continue reading Rewrite? Alright Already!
Every profession has it's quirky personality. In my line of work, the medical field, we learn to laugh at horrible things. We are intrigued by weird diseases. New doctors either think they have contracted a terrible disease every other day or they poo-poo the worst set of symptoms, as if nothing will ever go wrong. … Continue reading Fleshing Out an Idea
Step into my 'Way Back Machine' and I'll take you to the 1970s. That was when I wrote the first book in the Quirni novels. It was badly written. The original Quirni novel wasn't about Erica, but Matilda. She worked through obstacles without much internal reflection. It was a book of doing. Matilda did things. … Continue reading Open a Vein
I have a full time day job. I'm fortunate that I don't get a lot of interruptions while I'm working. I can think about plots and characters and even jot down a note whenever I come up with something good. It's a free floating sort of thought process. Consequently, my desk at home is filled … Continue reading When is a Writer a Writer?
Many people ask this question, "What is it about?" The first answer, Quirni is about Erica, about her family ties, her excellence, her journey into a new life as an ex-convict on the run, basically. It's about her healing process, her development as a person, and her discovery of her inner fears and broken mind … Continue reading What is it About?
My opinion in regards to political and newsworthy events should be easy enough for anyone to guess given the plot in Quirni. For readers who haven't read the books, I lean to the left but that is changing. I no longer lean. Events are converting my lean into steps. I stayed left of middle for … Continue reading Stepping Towards an Edge