Light Magic – Snippet 2


Yesterday, I posted the opening sequence to Light Magic. Now that the characters and I aren’t fighting one another any longer, the book is flying. As I noted in the previous post, I have been able to use some of the original draft as well as the draft for the book that turned out to be a mix of this book and the next. That means, hopefully, it won’t take me long […]

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Yesterday, I talked about the trouble I was having with the current work-in-progress. I finally figured it out and have written about it over at Mad Genius Club. What I realized is I’ve been trying to force what should be the book after this into this book. So I’m going through and taking what I can from the original draft that I initially put aside and the current draft and writing the […]

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When doubt sets in

This morning, I find myself suffering a doubts about the current work-in-progress. This isn’t unique to me. I don’t know a single writer who hasn’t wondered if they are working on the right project or focusing on the right plot point, etc.. The issue, for me, is that the doubt has brought the writing to an abrupt halt. I have to sit back, look at the project and try to figure out […]

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Barnes & Noble misses the mark yet again

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It’s been awhile since I’ve blogged about Barnes & Noble here. Usually, when they’ve done something that catches my eye, I save it for Mad Genius Club. However, I came across an article this morning that simply begged for me to write about it today. I found it almost immediately after reading about the Bay Area losing another B&N store and after hearing that Len Riggio bought up another million shares in […]

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Writing, Guest Blogging and Waiting for News

This will be a quick post. Another one will follow later today. For the most part, I’m going to spend the day trying to catch up on writing. I also have a guest post up at According to Hoyt, the latest installment in my review of HRC’s book, What Happened. Finally, like many in the country, I’m waiting to see what Al Franken has to say when he takes to the floor […]

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Writing, Sports Illustrated and More

SI Sportsperson of the Year

For the first time since the knee injury, I had a very productive day yesterday. By the time I shut down the laptop last night, I’d managed to do more than 6k words of fiction and a couple thousand words in blog posts and responses to comments. Yes, it did require me moving locations periodically, but it worked. I’m keeping my fingers crossed it continues to do so today. So far, it […]

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Putting Butt in Chair


Just a quick post this morning. The knee injury has, as I’ve said before, impacted my writing. I’ve tried finding ways to work around it but I’ll be honest. I haven’t tried as hard as I should have. Or as I could have. That ends today. I’m going back to turning off social media for the “work day”. The only exceptions will be lunch and “coffee breaks”. I’m settled into one of […]

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Inspiration can come anywhere and at any time

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Part of my morning ritual is to check the internet for the latest news as I drink my first cup — or three — of coffee each morning. This morning was no different. Part of that included an online conversation about the verdict in the Kate Steinle murder case yesterday. Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, a 45-year-old “undocumented alien” was acquitted of murder and convicted on a much less serious weapons charge. There […]

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