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New contribution to Totally Novel on writing, update on Sweet Sixteen Killer

I've been pretty quiet lately on the blog, sorry about that. I've been laying mostly low, though I did recently begin contributing to a new website for writers and readers called Totally Novel. My first contribution for members of the site is a post I titled 3 things that prevented me from writing a novel. To read the post, sign up for a free trial. Take a look around and if you don't wanna stay, don't renew membership. That said, it's a pretty cool effort being put together by a former Google+ member like myself. As a matter of fact there are several members on the site from the old Google+ days. (Side note: there is a free membership option)
I will be contributing to the Totally Novel blog bi-monthly for now. My next addition will be in August. I'm super excited for the site and I hope you can come join us and become a part of the groups, forums, blog, workshops, and more. 
All that said, I haven't given up here. This is still my primary site and blog. 👊

Stick-shifts and safety-belts

I've let the blog sit and collect dust lately. Things have been nutty and I haven't had time, nor thoughts, for posting. Well, I'm here to give a little update on things... but first, strap in your safety-belts and watch out for the stick-shift.

Now that we've established that. Shall we continue on? I think so.

Writing Cronies and NaNoWriMo

Been making some time with some local writing cronies. After the write-in I co-hosted last NaNoWriMo with the public library, we decided to make a writing group locally and it's been a little rocky getting it off the ground. But a few of us have bonded pretty good and have shared a lot, and keep pushing each other towards moving forward with writing.

Speaking of NaNoWriMo, I've been slowly working in a little time here and there to continue to work on my novel from last November. 'CAFE DE MORT' is coming along, and I'm sure I'll finish it, but I'm also sure it will take a lot of work after it's done. I'm slowly having to recognize that my ability to write really good drafts of short stories isn't transcending into writing novels. Usually, my short stories only require a few edits, nothing too fancy, but my novel writing seems to require full rewrites here and there, a process I'm not fond of at all. BUT to that end, I did recently discover a method for rewriting that I don't mind and it seems to work. So, I'll keep you posted on that and let you know if I change my mind about the method.

GUNing for trouble

Another collaborative String-Along that I've been working on with 12 other authors is well within the editing stages, and +Jake Cesarone and I are hoping to have our parts wrapped in the near future. We plan to shop it around to some publishers after having wrapped up editing and formatting. The title of the book is GUN and it's going to be a fun read, I guarantee it.

What's next on the agenda?

I've agreed to join some of my local writing homies for Camp NaNoWriMo next month, and I'll be utilizing that endeavor to finish 'The Affairs of Mrs. Blackwater'. This is something I must do, because there is threat of death from +Miscelleana Rhinehart if I don't continue to finish it. And in that vein, she and I are in talks of posting 'Blackwater' chapters at her blog.

Well, that's it for now... WRITE ON!


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