Skip to main content

30 December 2020

 Song mood: I Melt with You by Modern English.


Tasks for tomorrow.  Edit a segment of my serial fantasy novel.  Write a segment and a half for the serial fantasy novel.  Possibly brainstorm the rest of the novel.


Goals for next year:


1. Self-publish a fantasy novella.

2. Self-publish a mystery novel.

3. Finish serial novel and self-publish the finished series.

4. Work on a ‘how to’ book on writing and self-publishing.

5. Read 30 books.


Currently I still listening to Sixty-One Nails by Mike Shevdon.  While it’s not great, it isn’t bad.  A lot of dialogue and description.  Very detailed scenes.


Currently I’m reading The Pale Horse by Agatha Christie.  It’s a murder mystery where the chief suspects are witches.  Of course, by the end, there will be rational explanations.  So far, the book is far different from the Amazon series staring Rufus Sewell.


Today I had an age old debate: should I buy Adobe Indesign and learn how design book covers?  Indesign is a spendier program than Word or Microsoft office and would take a lot more time to learn.  I would prefer to work with a designer.  One of the advice given in the book Just Write by James Scott Bell was a writer should spend thirty minutes a day connecting with other writers and artists.  Which, I would love, only it’s been tougher to do that over the past year.


So another goal for next year is to make more connections with writer’s and artists.  Fingers crossed that the vaccine returns things back to workable normal.


Comments

Popular posts from this blog

9 August 2020

  So I made some changes in plan for my birthday.   I decided to get a room at Aksarben Suites.   I’ll spend the day in Aksarben and pretend that I traveled.   What I will have, I’ll decide tomorrow, although I suspect that it will be Pickleman’s pizza.   I’ll read and chill.   Maybe I’ll take a bus to the Dundee Dell.   So many things I can do.   For coffee, I’ll go to the Starbucks on 90 th and Pacific.   That one has the Verismo coffee machine makes an excellent cup of coffee.   I can even take an early walk at the lake as I make my way to Aksarben.

18 November 2020

Song mood: Mysterious Ways by U2. Currently I’m listening to The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan.  I’ve listened to a couple of novellas that she wrote where her detective Cormac Reilly briefly shows up in and liked them.  This is the first book with her star detective.  Between McTiernan and Trevor on who writes better suspense, I would say hands down McTiernan.   A person who writes mysteries as a genre follow a set of conventions so that the reader isn’t in a state of confusion.  One great example is putting dates before each section or series of sections.  Literary writers don’t follow conventions and the confusion at times come from the writing.  Where I say, let the characters mislead the reader not the writing itself. I am enjoying The Ruin .  It’s nice to get back to a solid mystery. I continue to walk at the lake.  Although, it’s a modified path where I get around 2.5 miles instead 4 miles.  I still need to figure out what to do for exercise in the winter.  I want to get a rowing m