From Whiskey Creek Press & Start Publishing

Connecting Flight, a book born from a news item back in Nov. 2011, is finally available for purchase from Whiskey Creek Press. When the Mirror Breaks is my first collection of 13 short stories. Volume II coming next year. Thanks to those Word Pressers who helped make it happen.

Woodbury Avenue – epilogue…ish

Deep breath. Okay, Woodbury Avenue is “finished.”  Sort of.  For more about the actual story, click here.  But for more about the process, then just keep reading. When it comes to writing, what I just did was the easiest part – writing a first draft.  That’s easy for a few reasons.  First, because it’s new,…

Writing 2.3 – A Contract with the Reader

When I took a graduate class called “Writing the Novel” a few years ago, I learned two very important things.  First, if you tell a writer that her work in progress is a romance novel when she thinks she’s writing literary fiction, be prepared to see a chair fly across the room.  Second, there’s something…

Writing 2.2 – Getting it Ready

The purpose of this is not to educate you or any other writer.  I don’t pretend to know things that you don’t because I’m actually hoping for the opposite – in that I am detailing this process in case someone knows more than me, has accomplished these things already, and can help me avoid the…

Connecting Flight – ch.5

A previous reader said that the next two chapters, 5 and 6, might need to be reversed.  Some opinions are that by chapter 5 a book needs to clarify a conflict, to set the direction for the rest of the story.   As it is written now, that happens in chapter 6.  Chapter 5 is…

Connecting Flight – ch.2

My thanks very much to those who carefully read and commented on chapter 1.  You are some very generous people with your time.  I know there are lots of other things you could be doing or reading, and it’s flattering and humbling that you’d choose to read here. To clear up a few things –…

The Road to Publishing

From what I’ve been told, because I know nothing about it first hand, the road to publishing a book includes many little trips along the way.  One of those trips is getting smaller things published, like short stories.  I haven’t tried that option yet, although I plan to.  Here’s one place for such a step:…

– the writing process – step 5: publishing

Book report, essay contest, published novel, self-published novel, Createspace, kindle, nook, ebook, Smashwords, Goodreads, My Disney Scrapbook 2000-2005 all have something in common.  Step 5: publishing.  What does “publishing” mean?  It means you’re done to whatever degree you have decided is done. The book on the right is my novel Room 317, written piece by…