Please, Don’t Be Ignorant

Or at least don’t put your ignorance on display. Hi Folks, Ignorance is not a “bad” quality. It just means a lack of knowledge. But if you choose to be a writer, shouldn’t you at least try to learn everything you can about the language and word usage? It seems to me we’ve entered an age in which many of us would rather sound cool than illustrate that we aren’t ignorant. I’m talking about creating nouns … Read more

The Journal, Wednesday, 6/21

Hey Folks, Well, zero fiction writing yesterday. Frankly, the trip took more out of me than I expected it to. No AC in my pickup currently, so it was six hours of heat, being buffeted by the wind, and noise. (grin) A true adventure. And it was only six hours, but it’s been a long time since I did a road trip of any significant length. Anyway, so last night, after squaring away a few things … Read more

The Journal, Tuesday, 6/20

Hey Folks, Traveling a bit later today, so I’ll post this early. If I have a chance to update it later, I’ll do so. If not, well, at least there’s this. I expect to write the whole time I’m gone. Well, each day that I’m gone. That will provide a bit of a challenge in itself. I think maybe I’m gonna put together a Kickstarter campaign. Definitely going to look into it. I have an idea … Read more

The Journal, Wednesday, 6/14

Hey Folks, I keep feeling like I need to take a day to create covers and promo docs for the last nine short stories I wrote. Then I need to distribute them and ship them off to BundleRabbit. I’m ever aware that each day I wait is a day that story isn’t able to accumulate sales. Usually I do all that stuff as I go, often the same day I write the story. But in the … Read more

The Journal, Monday, 6/12

Hey Folks, Kind of a neat post over at Dean’s place today, about domain-name hoarding. I can relate. I have domain names for all of my personas, some of my pseudonyms and some of my characters, like Wes Crowley. I have domain names for my own name, and also some for business names that I don’t want to risk losing. Go figure. Just yesterday, as an afterthought, I looked up Of course, it was already … Read more

The Journal, Friday, 6/9

Hey Folks, One astute reader noticed I wrote that the files I was waiting for were mailed on June 30. So, um, that would be almost a year ago. They were mailed on May 30. In this situation, it still feels like a year ago. I corrected it. (Thanks, JGV) Topic: End of the Challenge Unfortunately, yesterday was the last day of the challenge. Another friend (Thanks, RS) mentioned privately I could write a couple of … Read more

The Journal, Thursday, 6/1

Hey Folks, Journal entries might be sparse here during this month. I kicked off the challenge this morning at around 5 a.m. by posting the first scene of the first story. Woohoo! You can see it (and others by the time you get this) at You can also see the whole story in the right sequence by clicking In the “Writing Of” section below, short stories for June will be numbered for now (unless … Read more

The Journal, Monday, 5/29

Hey Folks, I allowed Microsoft to install the “Creator Upgrade” (something like that) on my computer yesterday. This morning when I started to write on my novel, I wrote about three words and my cursor was jumping all over the place because of the incidental contact of my palm with the touchpad. Okay, it’s a new update, so I assumed I needed to go back into my Device Settings and disable the touchpad again. Nope. Can’t … Read more

The Journal, Thursday, 5/25

Hey Folks, Not a lot to report today. A lot of little nonwriting problems swimming around in my world right now. Most of them aren’t mine, but they belong to family members so I’m not getting as much done as I’d like. I’m almost looking forward to June 1, just because my focus will be one day at a time, one story at a time, even one scene at a time. Not that I’ll necessarily nail … Read more

The Journal, Friday, 5/19

Hey Folks, Well, I was relieved when yesterday’s Journal posted to my inbox shortly after 7 p.m. Remember you can always read the current or back issues of the Journal at Really looking forward to today, and the month is finally moving too fast. Hard to believe today is already Friday. I have other life-roll things coming up, but thankfully they’re all in this month (so far, knock on wood). So June’s still a Go … Read more