Weekly Recap – April 26th, 2013

I fought it out with The Devil of Doubt this week. He wanted me to give up and do something easy. He wanted me to feel exposed and worthless, to know that I was deluding myself into thinking I could be a writer. But you know what? F*** him. Halfway through the week, something inside of me pushed back. While …

Nobody's Perfect

Not even you. Has someone done something to offend you? Piss you off? Oftentimes it happens by accident. We can be oblivious to how we affect people. But just as often, the slight is done on purpose. Try to remember something — that person has a reason for their behavior, even if they don’t realize it themselves. It’s usually their …

Weekly Recap – April 19th, 2013

I originally started this post with, “Another week of not-much-to-say.” As I thought some more and let my fingers work their magic, it turned out I had quite a few things to say after all. I have several other posts about writing in the oven, but they’re still doughy. (Writing in the oven? Sounds intense. Writing, in the oven? Yeah, …

Weekly Recap – April 12th, 2013

I’m tired. It’s my week for on-call support at work and it was a long night. Since my brain drove off The Cliff of Exhaustion some umpteen miles ago, I’ll summarize this week: I read. I posted something about research. I worked. I wrote. I slept. I ate. I posted something about horses. I exercised. I look forward to making …

Weekly Recap – April 5th, 2013

Keeping up with my daily writing schedule was an abysmal failure this week. I did spend some time researching my novel as well as focus on the outline. A lot of good things came out of that, including a new major character. This weekend, I’ll put up a photo of my recently acquired study books. Not much to really say, …

Striking a Nerve

So on Saturday, I performed all sorts of strenuous exercises at the gym. We’re talking deadlifts, bench presses, and dips for starters. All of that sweat and stress, and I pinch a nerve in my back doing what? That’s right. Putting my pants on after I showered. No words… just, no words. So I don’t feel like such an idiot, I …

Weekly Recap – March 29th, 2013

Hello friends, I’ve tried not to beat anyone’s head over this, but Sunday is the final day for voting in LitReactor’s Teleport Us contest. Higher Minds could use your love! I do apologize that you need to register an account in order to vote, but if you’re willing, I would be in your debt. Thanks to those that have already …

Weekly Recap – March 15th, 2013

Back in the office and it’s been a busy week. *** I spent about six days drafting and refining a little anecdote from my past, Lanes Lane. I enjoyed writing this, largely because it gave me the opportunity to work on my prose while not having to build a story from scratch. The bones were already there and, per Alfred …

Lanes Lane

The two-lane highway stretched and dipped over the barren landscape, snaking every few miles. Creosote plants, shrubs of Mormon Tea, and the occasional dilapidated house were the only breaks in endless sand. It was close to noon on a hot June day, 1997. Sunbeams were bouncing off the metallic-blue ’74 Plymouth Duster. Two white pinstripes raced down its sides and …