Friday, 27 May 2011

First week in

Hey everyone,

Almost finished the first week of editing the new novel. Unfortunately, it looks like I'll have to restructure the first thirty or so pages, but this has happened before. I stopped counting how many times it happened with "Gasher Creek." This is a common problem with writers who "shoot from the hip" with their first drafts. I don't outline, so as a result I sometimes run into plot problems during the editing process.

I've tried outlining, but it doesn't work for me. Part of the fun of a first draft is to go on the adventure with the characters. If you knew every plot point of a movie in advance, would you want to go see it? Probably not. I'll take the fun of a first draft over a smooth edit any day. After all, every writer essentially writes for an audience of one. If I can't have fun, why bother? It ain't for the money!

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Back to work tomorrow

After a couple of weeks of final read-throughs and Kindle formatting, I'm ready to head back to the desk for the final draft of the next book. Hopefully people dig it. It's a fantasy comedy, about as far away from the world of  "Gasher Creek" as you can get. But I like it. Will post updates. I'm hoping for an early September release!

Sunday, 15 May 2011

Feelin' the love

Hey everyone, just wanted to pass along a quick thanks for all the great feedback on the book! Hopefully the next one will be as well received.

Saturday, 14 May 2011


So, my book went live, between 8ish and 9ish pm, yesterday, May 13th, 2011. It's been a long road, kids. Almost twelve and a half years of holding onto one goal. And this is just the start. I have one more draft to do on my next novel, and then it will be ready. And after that? A bunch of short stories. And after that? Either another novel, or a much needed stint in a mental health clinic. Or both.  

Almost finished reading Richard Matheson's "Bid Time Return" for the second time. He's my favourite author, and always will be. If you haven't read any of his stuff yet, I recommend "Bid Time Return" (AKA "Somewhere In Time"), and "The Beardless Warriors". Awesome stuff.

Last week I finished reading W.P. Kinsella's "Shoeless Joe" for the bazillionth time. I read it every spring. It's my favourite novel of all time.

Thursday, 12 May 2011

Book up!

Well, the book has been submitted to Amazon. Now we play the waiting game (although the waiting game sucks and I'd rather be playing hungry hungry hippos).

Monday, 9 May 2011

Almost done

The book is almost up. All I have left to do is convert the book and put it up on Amazon. Nervous? Oh yes indeed. Having multiple heart attacks? Of course!