Weekly Recap – April 3rd, 2015

I’ve started research for a new writing project, but with a different approach this time. I’ve listed what I’m looking for based on my current outline before even diving in to a stack of books. I’m also forcing myself to skim more. I read over a dozen books on the Gold Rush and feudal Japan for Wolf’s Tail, but that took …

Wolf's Tail – Chapter Four…

…is now up! This one is really a teaser scene, but hopefully brought some more tension and character building to the mix. I’ve begun work on the next one which will definitely be longer and more complex. I hope that I can get it done by Friday but that will depend on other responsibilities… Again, thanks for your time and support! …

Wolf's Tail – Chapter Three…

…is now up! For some reason, I had a difficult time putting this scene together. My eyes are a bit crossed this morning from reading and editing over the weekend. 😉 As always, thank you for the support and feedback. You guys are the best! -Phillip

Weekly Recap – September 19th, 2014

Whew! This week began with potential energy and for the most part, it remained as such. The day job and a fussy newborn kept me busy (I know, it’s hard to believe Angus isn’t always as cute as the above photos suggest). When both of those settled down for brief moments, I focused on a single scene in Wolf’s Tail that has been …

Wolf's Tail – Chapter Two…

…is now up! Appreciate your support and feedback if you’re interested. Don’t feel bad if you don’t get to it. I know reading time is a finite resource! -Phillip

Weekly Recap – August 29th, 2014

When the days blur together, weekly recaps seem superfluous. Still, it’s an opportunity for more Angus pics!   The writing has been going fantastically well during my time off from work. While the little guy is sleeping and I’m not running errands or cleaning the house, I’m steadily pushing out words on Wolf’s Tail as well as drafting up other story ideas swimming around my …

Wallace Griffin
The Story Iceberg

Who are You?

Hello friends, It’s been awhile since I’ve discussed parts of my writing process, so I thought I’d share my latest slice ‘o’ writing life. After putting down nearly 10,000 new words on the second (or so) incarnation of Wolf’s Tail, I began to feel a nagging sense of dissatisfaction. While there were improvements over the last iteration, I just didn’t feel the story was all it …

Weekly Recap – March 7th, 2014

March already?! Since the universe has decided The McCollums still haven’t had enough stick-poking, my dad broke his arm this past Sunday, right below the shoulder. An oily curb at the supermarket was the perpetrator. He’s a very independent guy, so I know it’s tough for him. He’ll be in a cast for at least the next six weeks and …

(Not yet) Published Works

I decided to take some time today to update my Published Works page. A little public accountability never hurt anyone (too badly), so I’m hoping it will increase my motivation to get things done this year. -Phillip

Nitty Gritty
Okami Scapple

Let's Get Down to the Nitty Gritty

I never used to do this, but whenever I’m hesitant to write, I try to peel off that top layer of procrastination to get at the core. I’m sure that’s part of my growth as a writer. Anyway, more times than not, the hesitation comes from the fact that I don’t feel I know enough to write effectively. The common …