Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Writing Word Goals and Misadventures

I set a goal to write 1,000 words a day this week - well, I wrote over 1,000, but it took three days. Summertime gives me too many excuses, and my writing suffers.

View on a recent hike - North Platte River, 3 miles from home

Like many people, I often find reasons to spend more time outside, because who doesn't love summer? This does set my writing back, but I do keep up with my reading.

I find that both walking every day, and writing every day helps me to clear my mind - really quite therapeutic

A bit of rest at the halfway point of a hike

Golf, hiking, walking, gardening, photography, and short trips seem to be part of my DNA when summer arrives.

The old days

But, someday, I hope not too soon - cold will return, and I might actually write 1,000 words a day - again.

                                                Part of one of our backyard gardens

Saturday, July 10, 2021

My word count is on fire

                                            Me standing in a 4th of July Nebraska cornfield - back home where I grew up.

It's summer, and here in Wyoming, we are experiencing a typical summer, hot and dry. Seems that is how my writing is going hot, as in getting lots of words on paper, or dry, the words are drying up. Right now, as of the last few days, I am running hot. That is a good thing.

As is normal for me, I am spending quite a bit of time in my gardens. A summer passion that I cannot be without.

Writing Question and Answer

What is more important in writing, idea, or plot? The plot deals with the timeline and events of the story, while the idea is all about the theme. For me it is about the idea because within the idea are the characters that drive the story. 

Writing Update

I have one new book ready for publication, another almost ready, and a third, which I will be finishing soon. I likely will hold out until fall, and publish all three books over a period of a couple of weeks. 

For all the fans of my Blade Holmes western mysteries, the finished book above is indeed a third in that series. Come August or September you will see it. 

I have mentioned here, several times, that the third Blade Holmes would be my last in that series - don't hold me to it, I have a new idea. Maybe!

Enjoy the summer, and when it is too hot to be outside settle in with a good book. 

Friday, April 16, 2021

April Writing Update

I am still here and continue writing, taking photos, and tending to my garden starts. Like so many, I will be happy when the pandemic becomes a memory, albeit a bad one. 

Writing Update - I have a start on new non-fiction and am still contemplating whether I want to publish my third Blade Holmes western mystery. That book is finished, just not sure If I want to publish as is or do some retooling. I have also taken on some additional editing, something I do not often do. Then there is the fifth in my series of kids chapter books, it was scheduled to be released this month but is not close, maybe another three or four months. Looks like I have my year, likely two, of writing planned out. 

Exercise - Still getting in my morning miles, normally two or close to three. I walk regardless of, snow, cold, or wind - I still walk. There are days I don't like it as much as others, but It's such a part of my daily routine that I must do it. 

Today's photos are from my morning walks the past week.

Sunday, January 17, 2021

January Writing Update


What I Have Been Up to - At last, I have published book 13. It took longer,  much longer, than I anticipated, but glad it is out. This book - Elderly, is nonfiction, once again, for my older readers – fitting. This one follows my work – On turning 70, published two years ago when I was – well, 70. Like, On Turning 70, Elderly offers tips to make life terrific as we age. Elderly has more on keeping mentally and physically fit. Like my first book for seniors, it is lighthearted and ever-optimistic for those of us growing older people. Like my first book for seniors, this one includes three short stories at the end, each featuring older protagonists.

Western Writing – I'm still at work on my third Blade Holmes western mystery. The good news is the first draft is complete, and the work I'm doing now is editing. Then it will be off for more edits and to my first readers – hoping for publication by the first of April. This book has more of a - twists and turns feel to it with lots of action and intrigue. Wendover – coming soon.

I hope all is well wherever you are.

Today's photos – From my walk along the river this morning – enjoy!

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Wednesday, October 7, 2020

I'm Still Here

It has been quite a while since I updated this site. Like so many others, our life is not what it was a few months ago. Too bad, I enjoyed our old life.

Thankfully we are healthy. With so much we can no longer do, we are not always in our normal good spirits.

I am doing little if any, writing. I'm still sitting on one completed book and another completed first draft, but I just do not feel like doing anything with either of them. 

The garden is mostly finished for the year. We had to share with several mule deer, so we did not get many large tomatoes or nice strawberries as they seemed to be favored by the deer. 

We are still doing some hiking (see photos), and I am playing more golf than I need to. Someday, God willing, I may decide to write again. 

What we are missing most is travel - lots of people feel this way. We would love to visit old friends and especially family we have not seen in a while. Even short trips, in most cases, are out. 

Thanks to all of you who have asked about us, we are fine, simply lying low. 

For all of you writers - good luck, keep writing and keep reading. 

All 12 of my books are still selling (thanks to readers).  Here are the links to Amazon.


My book that will be published next - Yes, the finished one I have done nothing with so far. 

This book follows up my mildly successful - On Turning 70, that I published two years ago. 

Enjoy the days ahead, and don't let the bad overtake all the good there is in life. 

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Writing Update - May 2020

Here we are, almost through May, and for most of us, nothing has changed. We all look forward to a more normal life sometime soon, and I am sure it will eventually get here. 

Wyoming's Snowy Range last weekend.

So What Have I Been Doing?  Some wiring, a bit of hiking, lots of gardening, and quite a bit of reading.

Writing - I have completed everything for my latest non-fiction books. What does that mean? I have the back matter completed (stuff on the back cover), and I have a cover. Release date - still not sure, but sometime in the next 60, or so, days.

The Next Blade Holmes Novel - Nothing for sure yet as my work production is slow, but it looks like I can make it (Book 3) by September 1. Fingers crossed!

Book 5 of My Kids Chapter Book Series - Hoping before Christmas. 

Wyoming State Bird in Guernsey State Park

Anything Else? I am doing a bit of work on a mystery I started seven or eight years ago. This one is fun, it combines two of my passions, a good murder mystery, and golf. It will be fun if I ever complete it. 

Osprey looking for dinner in the North Plate River

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Working - Resting & Distancing

What's going on? – For me, and I expect many others, the answer is the traditional, "not much."
With all the extra time on my hands, I should be getting more, not less accomplished. I do get in about two hours each day writing or editing, an hour or so in my shop, gardens, or yard. The rest of the time, I waste. Maybe not all of it – I have done a good bit of reading – on the deck in the sunshine when I can.
I think he might have found me

Typing Skills – My typing skills, with a broken finger, have deteriorated recently. Took me years to become a proper typist, now I am one hand regular, and one hand two fingers.

Social Distancing – Much has been made of distancing ourselves from others recently. Everyone I know takes this quite seriously, but it can be kind of funny here. We live in a 2,111 square mile county with 8,391 other folks. Using my handy phone calculator, that means we have 3.98 people per square mile. Our county has two stoplights, both 26 miles away in Wheatland. As Wyomingites have been saying all along – "we have always social distanced." It is easier here - where standing or waiting in any kind of line is an oddity. 
Backyard Goldfinch Battle
Meanwhile – It is getting close to spring flower and garden time – a time for rejuvenation for all. And now would be an excellent time for me to get back to work. Book 13, another nonfiction book on aging, and all of the joys that go with it will be finished this month.

Newell Bay in Guernsey State Park

Photos – Wyoming's few people do make it possible for us to get out and walk/hike on nice days. Today's photos are from recent hikes in Guernsey State Park and from my backyard deck.
Take care, my friends!