Monday, April 25, 2016

I can start over, can't I? Rewrite or Revise?

So the feedback I received on my story is in line with my own thoughts and I either need to do a major revision or just start over.

It has been more difficult for me to decide this than it was to write the first draft! I’ve put a lot into this book but I want it to be something you want to read.

Can I start over? Of course. I can also give up and not publish. Will I give up? Not likely.

Will I start over, though?  That is a great question.  I have to weigh how much time I’ve spent vs how much more time I’d have to spend to either revise or rewrite.

The benefit of rewriting is I can address all of my feedback, in order, ensuring that everything is addressed properly.

A revision would tend to end up being a bit clumsy I think. I would need to go in and make edits to the content and storylines and potentially introduce more discrepancies.

So… instead of deciding if I should revise or rewrite, I’m writing a blog post. /sigh

The other challenge I’ve had could be solved with a rewrite. Humor. I love it and want more of it in my story but who would buy an apocalyptic comedy? This guy.

I can start over, can't I? Rewrite or Revise?

Monday, April 18, 2016

Revisions coming!

I have some work to do on the story then I guess it’s back to the editor!

That sucks, I hate the idea of it being edited again but I want the story to read well and I don’t want it to be full of errors and distractions.

I doubt I’ll sell enough of the first book to make the money back before the second book is out so it’s really coming down to persistence, discipline, and dedication. The first book will sit there, mocking me while I work on the second book.

The first book will sit there, mocking me while I work on the second book.

Once the second book is out, I’m hoping it drives interest into both books. If you’re like me, you don’t invest your time in someone who hasn’t invested it in themselves. The best way to show people I’m serious is to get a second book done.

The good news is, I think I have a cover that’ll work.

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Revisions coming!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

I'm (almost) on a boat!

Well, not yet.

I’ve been looking at sailboats. I considered a motor boat for a minute but decided I didn’t want to spend money on fuel every time I went somewhere.


maybe not so many sails


Looks nice, right?

I moved to South Florida because eventually I want a really nice sailboat like the one Hugh Howey has. I’ve always loved that look and think that a catamaran will suit me. For now, though, something a bit smaller to start out with.


There is a nice 27′ Jack Helms sitting on a dock about five minutes from my house that is for sale at a decent price. I have been over there a couple times to see it. Looks like it’d be pretty decent.

Though I have seen an ad for a larger sailboat that has had its diesel engine replaced with an electric motor. I have to say, that intrigues me, but the guy is really slow to respond to my emails.

Can I sail? Well, I don’t have a ton of sailing experience. I mean, I’ve seen people sailing and I know the act involves ropes, sails, some wind, and strange lingo.  How hard can it be?

I’ll just sit abaft the shrouds and admire the lazy jacks while hoping I don’t toss my lunch into the gash fanny. See? Lingo.


What I imagine it’s going to be like out there


What it will probably end up being like












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I'm (almost) on a boat!

Monday, April 11, 2016

Calm before the storm

I’ve been quiet lately. This is because I’m waiting for my editor to finish her work and send back my updated manuscript.

I’m sure she’s doing a great job and I’m anxious to get the edits completed and find out what she thought of the story. Mostly, the ending.

It almost jumps sub-genres at the very end so I’m nervous about how that could work or if I should try to rewrite the ending.


Anyway, we’ll see.

I hope you guys like the story well enough that you’ll buy the second book when it’s completed!  Should have that second book ready by the end of the year.

Calm before the storm