Poem 10/24/2020

Machetes, monsters, goblins and ghouls.
So much evil, so many rules.
Pretend is all
And not much more
Bring plenty of children
To the front door.

And no other date
Can compare
To the way
People share
Their treats
With care.
And children
Dare
Accept
The gifts
People bare.

Then darkness.
The sound of the clock
Kids go home.
The doors are locked.
And for the adults
Such a wonderful night
To delight
With movies of fright.

Halloween
Oh queen of holidays.

Poem 10/10/2020

A leaf so green
It’s wilting
Emotions
Cast shadows

Remembering how it was,
How it came to be
And there is but nothing
Left to see.
It knows that time is terrible
At this moment
Unforgiving in how it treats
Those under its care.

And others
Carry On
Not forgetting
But remember
It’s splendor

And change
With the times
Keeping with them
Shadows of green.

Writing Update 2/15/2020

So how’s writing going?

That’s the question I ask myself every day. I’m finding that my goals are shifting because planning seems to be taking a lot of time. The characters have to have names. The places have to have backgrounds. How many islands are there? How many empires are there? How does magic work? etc…

Loosely, about four or five scenes have been written. However, I can tell you that I’m writing more than the end of last year and with greater consistency. This book might actually be the one. Things are clicking more and more.

If you focus on word count and don’t have yourself a plan, it’s easy to write yourself into a hole. Trust me, I’ve been doing this a few years now. It’s what happened with my last book. This time I’m making sure I get things right.

Writing Update 1/4/2020

In the process of putting a book together I’ve reached out to someone to be my “writing buddy”. Basically we’re going to exchange work perhaps once per week or so and critique. I’m using this as a strategy to force myself to actually add words to this thing. Like in many endeavors, it helps to have help.

My end goal is to publish by December. I feel like this is reasonable since one book a year is quite common and December is a good time away. I’m aiming for 4 or 5 drafts (including the final manuscript), in the beginning gunning for 700-800 words per day. Not exactly Nanowrimo but not nothing either.

I’m not giving away the working title of this book yet but a good bit of planning has already been done. I know where I’m going in a general sense.

This is the first of several writing updates. When I’m finally done with this thing I will have accomplished a major long-term goal I’ve had for years.