The Journal, Thursday, 7/16

The Day Rolled out about 3 (yay, slept in). Checked emails and other things. Started today by writing a nuts and bolts post on dialogue for the Pro Writers series that posts every ten days. Guess I’ll be running through my core seminars again (briefly) in the next several posts over there. Had a good walk today. Planned to hit about 6 miles and wound up with 7.5. I was planning to take most of today … Read more

The Journal, Wednesday, 7/15

The Day Rolled out about 2. Checked emails and other things. Had another short walk today, right at 4 miles. Looking forward to a good walk tomorrow. Sticking on one scene in Book 8 for some reason.  Standard, average, typical day for me. Topic of the Night: Eating an Elephant There’s an old joke. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. That’s how you write a novel, too. One word, one sentence, … Read more

The Journal, Tuesday, 7/14

The Day Rolled out about 2. Checked emails and comments on Facebook (posted some things about the trip). I did walk today, but keep it short at just over 3 miles. Had a trip to Sierra Vista for two new tires and an oil change for the pickup. Ugh. But it was necessary with a long trip coming up. Stopped in at the mall and talked very briefly with the Marine recruiter, a young veteran of … Read more

The Journal, Monday, 7/13

The Day Rolled out about 2. For some reason, still recovering from the camping trip. I might not walk tomorrow, or keep it short. Today again I messed around the house a bit, went for a walk and got some pics. I also posted a video of the place where Dan and I went camping. It’s a calm video, between rainstorms, to show people why we go there. Also posted a few pics from the trip. … Read more

The Journal, Sunday, 7/12

The Day Rolled out just before 3 a.m. Back to reality. Still recovering from the camping trip. For a full day and the better part of a night, Dan and I were alternating between the low of being exhausted and the high of repeated adrenaline rushes. That sort of thing wore me out when I was 30. I’m a little older than that now. (grin) So I messed around the house a bit, went for a … Read more

The Journal, Saturday, 7/11

The Day Rolled out just before 4:30 (Arizona time) in New Mexico, north of Lordsburg. No checking email. No Internet. Just reality. Great trip, but Dan and I experienced three days of excitement and adventure in about 8 hours. Topic of the Night: Refilling the Well I write from experience, as do most of us. Or at least near experience. I experience things, then put my characters in those situations, then extrapolate out from there. But … Read more

Taking Care of the Little Things

Hi Folks, There’s some old wisdom that says if you take care of the little things, the big things will take care of themselves. It’s true for gas tanks. If you keep the top half full, the bottom half will take care of itself. It’s true for health. If you eat right and exercise, you won’t have nearly as many health problems as a lot of folks do. And it’s true for writing. Oh man, is … Read more

The Journal, Friday, 7/10

The Day Rolled out at 2:30. Checked email and, from that, a few journal entries. Congrats to my friend Bonnie for a good start on a personal writing challenge. Also had an email from my buddy Dan, to let me know he’s on his way down. We’re headed for the Lower Gila Box on a camping trip this morning around 6. And just then I realized I hadn’t written the story of the week yet. (grin) … Read more

The Journal, Thursday, 7/9

The Day Rolled out at 2:30. Checked email and went looking on CraigsList for a shell for my pickup. I don’t really use it as a truck anymore to haul things that don’t need protection from the weather, so…. Will spend the morning in Tucson for doctor and other things, including picking up that shell. Another good walk this morning, though only a little over 4 miles. The 7.4 yesterday wore me out. (grin) Took my … Read more

The Journal, Wednesday, 7/8

The Day Rolled out at a little after 1. Checked email and took care of some other housekeeping type matters. Had another good walk this morning. I set out to do 6, but with various side trips to line up pics, I ended up with just under seven and a half miles. Great walk. And so far I can still move. (grin) Went out about 4:15, was at the two mile mark (per the road signs) … Read more