Writing, But It Is Going Very Slow Right Now


Lately I’ve been a bit bogged down on my writing speed. I’m still making progress, but it is going painfully slow. I can’t really explain it. It’s not writer’s block because I have the ideas and know what I want to write. It’s almost like I go into slow motion while writing. I’ll look up after writing for what seems like half an hour, only to realize it has really been over two hours. It’s weird.

One possibility that has occurred to me is that the summer break for the local schools has drawn to an end. My wife being a teacher, we were together most days over the summer. We had lunch and went out for a little while doing one thing or another on most days. And now she’s away and I’m here alone, working on my book. While I worked on it during the summer, with her here, the place just feels different now.

Another possibility is my allergies are just driving me nuts. This could be a stand alone problem, or it could be just a contributing factor. For whatever reason, July seems to hit me really hard allergy-wise, and I’ve had it bad the past few weeks. The past week or two have been especially hard. So maybe I’m just kind of in an allergy-induced zombie state.

There’s also the possibility that I have just been mentally distracted. Just off somehow. Whatever it is, I’m toiling away and making progress.

So, onto another topic I guess.

What do you all think of that primary win for the Democratic party the other day? She has a chance to be the first lesbian, Native American member of the house if she defeats Kevin Yoder in the general election. Yay for LGBTQ representation in Congress!

I heard about an ugly incident after that primary that Ms. Davids won the other day, though. A local activist, a young woman who was the youngest delegate for Hillary Clinton two years ago, went to a rally after the results were in. She congratulated each candidate for running a good race, and most of them were nice to her, even though they didn’t win the election. Not Brent Welder. From what I have read, he went on a rant against her for some reason. He went so ballistic on this poor girl that he didn’t stop until she was in tears.

Wow, now that’s a class move there, Mr. Welder.

So seriously, whatever your political views and whoever you were supporting, I hope that any of you reading this out there know that you treat others with more respect and better class than this guy apparently did. I think the Democrats in Kansas should be very happy that their nominee isn’t as big of a jerk as this guy comes across as.

Have a good weekend!

Beyond Freedom Is Here

Hello all!

So I am finally releasing the exciting(I hope) sequel to Freedom’s Fate: Beyond Freedom. You can currently preorder it on Amazon, and it will officially go on sale May 9th. Here is the description:

Guilt over the loss of the crew of the Freedom and its sister ship Atlantic Gale weighing on her, not wanting to be in charge, and not feeling worthy of leading, Callie is thrust into the role of saving the human race. Crash landing on a small moon that scanned as possibly supporting life, Callie leads her crew of a dozen who may be the very last human beings in existence. Little did she know when they landed that their lives were going to get much more complicated very quickly. Can she rise to the occasion and save not only her group, but possibly even the lives of an indigenous people? And what will become of her relationship with her girlfriend Anna during this turbulent time?

And here is the finalized cover:

Beyond Freedom Cover

I’m excited!

Everyone have a wonderful rest of the week and weekend!

Getting There

Happy Spring, Everyone!

So last week I took some time off with my wife, who was having a spring break at work. It was relaxing, and fun, and we enjoyed our extra time together. And then reality set in, and I was a little sad on Sunday because I knew Monday morning would come soon and we’d be apart during the work day.

So this week I’ve been back to work on my work in progress, and it seems to be coming along well. I’m getting to that point where I’m ready for this thing to end, but excited at the ending I’ve come up with and wanting to really concentrate on making sure it is right. I’m right there, probably 7-8000 words away at most. I’m both sad and happy that this one is ending. Kind of sad because it will probably be the final chapter of the Non-Vampire series. I don’t know if I’m ready to let go of Brynne and Jess yet, but it seems like where things are.

But I’m happy to end this book and get started on the next, which I’m pretty sure will have a transgender main character. There is still an outside chance I could change my mind and write the story idea I have with the girl living in her car.

It’s probably going to be the one with the trans character.

I’m also closing in on releasing book two of Freedom’s Fate. The artwork for the cover is nearly done, and I like what the artist did with it. Once that is finished up, and my current draft of my work in progress is done, I’ll go back through that one and make sure I’m ready to release it to the world. If so, it’ll go on a Kindle Scout campaign, then released when that is done. I’m just assuming here that my Scout won’t be chosen, but it is a good advertising platform for a new book anyway, and there’s always a tiny outside chance.

So yeah, two books nearly ready to go, another about to be started. It’s looking to be a good 2018 for my writing.

I just want to take a moment here to say that I am 100%, completely, beyond a doubt in support of the students who walked out of class to protest gun violence in this country. And I completely support the marches that will be taking place across Washing D.C. and across the country this weekend.

We have to stop these shootings.

Arming teachers is not the answer.

More guns doesn’t stop anything.

And the argument that an active shooter will never enter a school because they’ll be too afraid is a bunch of crap. It just is.

Keep protesting, young people. Keep fighting for your right to sit safely in a school and learn about chemistry and math instead of how to hide in a closet if a shooter comes. Keep marching until people my age and older all get the message and actual do something, instead of just offering “thoughts and prayers” in the aftermath.