Thursday, September 20, 2012

Writing Down the Bones


This book has been out there for a few years and I have to be honest, I've never read it.  But I hear authors talk about what is in the book all the time.  But for me - no offense - the idea seems self-evident.  But then, that's how I approach writing anyway. 

As Lee Child once told me (and a bunch of other folks at a conference) that he is an instinctual writer.  Not saying I'm the next Lee Child, but at least we approach the process in the same way.

But the best advice a writer ever gave was:  "Put butt in chair with hands on keyboard.  That's how you write a novel."

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Shiver me timbers.....

Remember, it is Talk Like a Pirate Day.  Yes, as Jimmy sings, we are all pirates to one degree or another.

Yes, I am a pirate two hundred years too late.
The cannons don't thunder there's nothin' to plunder
I'm an over forty victim of fate
Arriving too late, arriving too late.

So pull out that eye patch and let that beard grow.  It's okay.... for today.....

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The Killers

As some of you know, music plays a big part in my writing and The Killer's song and video "When We Were Young" plays a role in the novel I'm writing right now.  And they have a new album out today and although their first single is more power-pop than some of their earlier work, I find that refreshing.  My musical tastes are all over the place and there is certainly room for some power-pop in everyone's collection.  Especially when it's done this good.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Running to Stand Still

Sometimes you feel like a hamster in a wheel. Running to stand still. I'll let U2 sing it for me. It's time for a change. Time to break free from the wheel.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Counting or Dwelling?

Never learned to count my blessings.
I choose instead to dwell in my disasters.
-Ray LaMontagne