Month: November 2014

Writin’ Update (No Turkeys Required)

So, November 30 has come and (almost gone) and I did not reach the 50,000-word mark to win the #NaNoWriMo challenge. However, I have nearly 40,000 words of a first draft that I will turn into a fully formed book someday soon, something of which I can be proud. The first draft of “Exit Oasis” will be finished before New Year’s Eve and, hopefully, a real book will be done by early Spring.

On another note, several months ago I was asked to submit a short story to an anthology assembled by a friend of a friend and he liked it. That book, “Losing the Map” by Jim Corrigan, Editor, is now ready for purchase/download. Jim put a great amount of work into this during some difficult times, and the fruit of his labor is outstanding. I’m proud to be a part of it. My small contribution was fun to write. It’s a fun piece inspired by a crazy diner conversation about two years ago. Someday, it will appear in a novel in a different form, but the story stands on its own for now. The theme of “Losing the Map,” was, loosely, travel, and since I never take the easy or most direct path… well, my story comes from the fringe.

I encourage you to check it out, whether by ordering the printed form or the E-book, not only to ready my insane ravings but also to read some pretty good stuff by a good group of writers.

Here are the links:

Booklocker —

Barnes and Noble —

Amazon —

If you do read “Losing the Map,” please let me know what you think and, if you like, spread the word.

Cool. You can get back to your life now.



8 Days Remaining, I Win AND Lose

With just over a week to go in the #NaNoWriMo challenge, I fear that I will not reach the 50,000-word goal, which means I would lose. Well, that I won’t win #NaNoWriMo2014.
However close I get, I’ll also win because I’ll finish with a cohesive and clear first draft, the kind that draws out the beginning, middle and end. It will mean that I can comfortably spend the next few months bleeding onto the page with a purpose, polishing and expanding the little world I’ve created called, “Exit Oasis.”
This is good, win or lose. It’s all in how you play, right? Or, in how you write, right?
Carry on.

November Writing Progress

I’ve been plugging away, sewing together and rewriting some random scraps in hopes of producing a fully formed first draft of a novel, which I’m currently calling “North Bradley Grocery,” or “Exit Oasis.” I know. I guess I’ll have to pick just one. I don’t like those pretentious double titles, the ones that scream, “I couldn’t pick a title, so I used two!”
As of today, I have written more than 10,000 words. I know where the story is going and I know exactly how it will end. Today. Of course, all of that might change by the end of the month or upon future rewrites. Still, I think I have something.
If nothing else, I have this pretty cool icon that I am allowed to use on my blogs or anywhere else.
Maybe a tattoo?
More to come. At some point soon, I will post a summary of what this thing is all about. In the meantime, I have at least 40,000 words to go and 25 days to do it.