Book number 8

it’s off to my beta readers…. They are some really good friends. good enough to be honest about what’s missing and what sucks. They’ll also help me name it… I don’t have one yet. Usually the name comes to me somewhere about half way through, but this time I’ve got nothing. When I know what I’m gonna name it, and figure out a release date, I’ll let you all know.


The Devil’s in the Details…

All of them. I’m sure you know I’ve been working on revisions (I’ve certainly not made any secret of it.) In revisions or rewriting you play with a lot of details, make sure some of them are consistent and others vary. It takes time and sometimes it can be tedious, but it always pays off in the end. Personally I go over every manuscript at least five times, sometimes more, before I let anyone else read it.

Am I the only one this obsessive?


While it Seems Slow

I know my hard work on this manuscript will pay off. I need to go over it several times fine tuning and tweaking before it’s done. I know this.. it just seems to take forever.

I’m still trying to come up with a title. And a blurb would be nice too. All of this has to be done around the kids and the old man’s schedule. I’m not complaining but it’s a fact. 

I did get something done today.. I made up a couple of teasers for previous books… Tell me what you think..

RN promo

JP Teaser


And the Ants go Marching One by One

Hurrah, Hurrah. Nothing really thrilling here, other than working hard at my second revision. It’s going well. I’ve finished about 80 pages in three days, not a bad showing. I’m totally exhausted so I’m going to crash soon. I was up way too late last night working. That didn’t keep me from having to get up and take kids to school. I tried to nap twice today, neither worked out. It’s probably going to take about 2.7 seconds for me to fall asleep tonight.

How are things over your way?


2015 Week 2.

I know, I have such creative titles.

I finished the first rewrite of my current project a couple weeks ago, now I’m working on the second go-round and I’m eyeball deep. It’s going well, but it’s absorbing.

The kids went back to school today after the weekend. I thought the weekend was gonna make me crazy. Not sure why this one seemed so long… It’s gonna be an even longer one next week with the holiday *sigh*

I did make a special stop at the dollar store today to get some candles.. It’s really odd, I know, but I’ve discovered I work better when I have a candle burning in my line of view while I work. I don’t know why but if it works why argue with it?

Do you have any odd things that help you work?


The First Week

of the new year has been good so far.

I’m still working on this rewrite, but it’s going well. I have a couple scenes I need to add and yesterday I had to do a total rewrite of another. This is my first rewrite of this story so there is a lot to fix. I’m sure I’ll go through this thing at least a half dozen more times before it’s done. But each one will be faster than the last and it will be better for all the work.

I have a couple more revisions to make, but before too much longer I’ll be ready for some beta readers, is there anyone out there who wants to do that for me? Just use the Contact Me page above and let me know. I’ll choose several when the time is right.


2014 is nearly behind us,

and as we look ahead, I wonder what you all have planned for the 2015…

As for me I was looking at the calendar this afternoon and realized that I have several goals for the next year… I don’t make resolutions, I set goals, so here we are…

  • Publish at least one book, possibly two.
  • Be more healthy / Lose weight (I’ve already started, I’m spending time on the treadmill every day and I’m cutting my sugar intake)
  • Attend Tucson Festival of Books
  • Spend time with my family (we have 3 family trips planned this coming year)

What are your plans for 2015?


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