The Dying Light – V

26 Nov


Why did I go back?

I’m not sure.

It would be easy to say it was because of my life back in Houston and a job I hated. But maybe it was something else, a need to finally make things right, even if I knew, deep in my heart that it was a foolish notion.

It was October, that splendid time in northcentral Pennsylvania when the trees drip the colors of wine and the air turns crisp and the aroma of fall—wood smoke from the cabins along Miler’s Creek, fills the air. It’s not a time of beginnings, but of settling in— for the long winter. The stream-bred trout of Miller’s Creek enter the spawning season as the chill sets in, a time to begin reflecting on the sins and bad decisions of the passing year.

My old man had done what he said he might do: He had purchased…

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The Dying Light – IV

25 Nov


Dad stayed around for the funeral and the graveside service a few days later.

He was right there next to me and mom in the little country church when the minister, a skinny man known as Pastor Ed, gave the eulogy and later the send-off for Nana in the graveyard behind the church before her casket was lowered into the ground.

It seemed, in many ways, like old times. My old man and my mom and me together again. Of course, I knew this was a special time, a family event.

Unlike the old days, they didn’t sleep together back at the house. My old man spent his nights in Nana’s room. Something seemed different between my old man and mom. The years, perhaps Nana’s death, had changed things somehow.

Gone was the bickering, the accusations, even some of the tension that permeated that house when my old man was…

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The Dying Light – III

22 Nov


After college, I got the engineering job, but soon found I hated everything about working for an energy company in southeast Texas. Houston was a boomtown, a rude awakening of culture shock for a country boy from northcentral Pennsylvania.

It was a new, up-and-coming company, with smart, ambitious people. The main office was in downtown Houston, and it seemed everyone was content to make the long commute from any one of the affluent growing suburbs that surrounded that hot humid city.

I hated Texas. I grew to hate the idea of working for a company that drilled into the ground for oil. Weaning the country off foreign resources be damned. I dreamed of escape, of rolling rural landscapes. Often, I thought of home, of Miller’s Creek, and those wonderful stream-bred brownies that prowled the waters for mayflies.

I was just past my thirtieth birthday, feeling as if life was quickly…

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National Novel Writing Month

1 Nov


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Did it sneak up on you?

When you woke up this morning, did you have that feeling of dread, like the haunting scene of some Halloween image?

NaNoWriMo is here folks.

That’s National Novel Writing Month.

If you’re reading this blog, you likely know what I’m talking about.

It’s the annual challenge to write 50,000 words of a novel during the month of November.

Maybe you don’t feel ready to take on what seems to be a herculean challenge.

That’s understandable.

But here’s the thing.

The whole idea behind NaNoWriMo is to ignite those creative urges that have long been festering inside you and get writing.

This is a great opportunity to make it happen. To get your fanny in that seat and start to write that book.

It’s what you’ve dreamed of doing for longer than you want to admit.

Am I right?

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New book for aspiring authors

30 May


17 Apr


Ah marketing. What can you say about marketing?

Clearly, for the author, it’s onerous, frustrating, and largely unpredictable.

One embarks on writing a book for the first time with little thought about how to sell it.

I know it was that way for me.

Indeed, most writers don’t want to be burdened with figuring out how to sell their work.

After all, isn’t such a task left to those smart people at the publishing house where the author places his work after many months, perhaps years of toil?

Well now … let’s step back.

Many writers simply don’t send out their books to publishing houses these days. Self-publishing allows many authors to sidestep that altogether.

But self-publishing makes it necessary for the writer to do the marketing, that is, if the author is interesting in selling the work.

Hey. It was hard enough just writing a book. Now I have…

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FREE BOOK – Today Only

29 Mar

Be Comfortable When You Write

27 Mar


Have you ever stopped to think how easily words tumbled out of you when you were simply messaging or emailing a friend?

With little problem at all, you dashed off a few hundred words. Maybe you were happily recalling an event from the past or describing some weekend retreat where your families were heading that weekend.

Writing can just flow out of us when we have something we want to say, and we aren’t worried about the grammar police or critics.

It’s writing freely and rapidly without a lot of deep thinking.

What the best way for you?

Some authors write books by dictating the words into the computer.

To tell you the truth, I’ve never tried it, but it’s certainly something to consider. You talk and the words appear like magic on the computer screen.

Many authors write in longhand before transcribing the words to the computer.

Still others…

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Keep on Writing

18 Mar


I got my writing in today.
Six words. I … got … my … writing … in … today.
You don’t even need to say that sentence aloud. The sentence will run through your brain eachday you carry out the task of writing.
Those words will feel good, give you satisfaction. If you putyourself in front of that keyboard every day and tapout words, you’ll find yourself developing a habit – a good habit – one that you’ll want to continue. That feeling of satisfaction will be part of your life.
Maybe you’re dealing with other stuff in your life, some of it not so pleasant, but you keep on with your writing because it’s a priority. So, you do. Few things in life are as satisfying as getting that work done every day.
Writing is a journey. The book you’re writing now or will soon be writing will be…

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Want to write a book? Hit the link below

27 Feb