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New Year, A Walk in the Moonlight

A new year is starting up and I was planning to write a clever blog about not writing new year resolutions. Then I read one, two, a hundred other blog articles about not writing resolutions, so much for that clever idea. My next idea was to write about setting goals for the new year until I saw the articles about setting goals and guidelines instead of resolutions. Apparently there are some common themes with writers at this time of the year.

Party hats and noise makers

Christmas Eve 2017

Somehow, in spite of my best efforts, or possibly my worst, it is Christmas Eve, again. There is a box of Christmas cards, waiting to be signed, addressed and stamped. There is a Christmas tree and the stockings that are hung in our living room but the decorations for the rest of the house, not so much. As far as a clean house, well, I’m not the best housekeeper during the rest of the year, it’s probably best to not think too much about the clutter that is strewn about. Or the cat toys that I keep tripping over.

Notes on Writing: How Not to Outline a Book

The latest chapter for the Year 2038 Bug is up on the website so time for another set of notes about my writing. This time I’m answering a question about how I plan my writing and the books I work.

The short answer is that I don’t plan or outline my book, I just let the words flow until they run out. However, I do have a climactic scene in mind as I write and a lot of what I do is find out how my characters ended up at that point.

Seeing Things in a New Way for the Holidays

It’s December, the peak of the holiday season, filled with hustle and bustle, a new to-do list along with all of the every day tasks. A magical, fun filled time of year, filled with mirth, merriment and melodies or at least that’s what TV Christmas specials and commercials show us. Yet, it all seems like a distraction, a shiny object designed to pull our attention from the world around us to some  idealistic world that never really existed.

Updating My Blog Schedule

I have developed my blog schedule for the next three months and it is reassuring to see that I have kept my schedule for several months. This last month was the first time I've had a challenge in coming up with articles but I still came through. It helps me to see my list and encourage me to keep going.
Now to share the list with my son so he can help by taking photographs for me. It's fun to see what he comes up with based on my ideas and share it with others.

Notes on Writing: Throwaway Chapters for Works in Progress

Later than I wanted, but I finished my edit of the next chapter of the "Year 2038 Bug" novel. It is posted on our website, link below.

This was a tough chapter to work on and I'm not sure if it will stay in the final book. I did find the writing better than I remembered but it is very rough and I allowed myself to preach too much in this chapter. However, I needed to write this down so I could define a character's motivation for moving forward. I found out some things and I have a better idea of how the character, Gabrielle, will react in the future.

Thanksgiving 2017

Here in the US, it is Thanksgiving eve and I am fortunate to enjoy some time off from work this week. I have been catching up on chores around the house while relaxing, which has been a nice change. I’ve also been thinking about Thanksgiving and the meaning behind the holiday. I am thankful for the home my family and I live in, having good friends to share good times with and the good health of my family and friends. I also enjoy seeing posts from others who are recognizing and being thankful for the people and prosperity in their life.

Fire Hydrants

Fire Hydrant by Bush

I was driving into work one morning, my mind wandering, and for some reason I focused on finding the fire hydrants in our neighborhood.  As I drove I started to worry, because I didn’t see any fire hydrants close to our house. I finally saw one, protected by a small brick wall, then another and another. I normally don’t think about fire hydrants though it is an important part of our infrastructure.