Category Archives: Journal

These are general journal entries.

Blocked by Overwhelm

My novel is now two novels. It makes sense to me on many levels, but this change has created problems I hadn’t anticipated. For one thing, Book I now has an ending that somewhat leaves the reader hanging and I’m … Continue reading

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The Monkeys 12

I’ve been a fan of the television series “12 Monkeys” and last night I watched the series finale. I’m glad the producers played this through a final season, and I feel that the entire crew handled the ending well. Even … Continue reading

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A Long Break

In December I took a break from writing the novel. It was an unplanned break because I began playing the very addictive game Fallout 4 (it provide for a female protagonist… yay!) and this lead to that, and that turned … Continue reading

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The End

The Ending is in Sight: The novel word count is 112,000 and I’m within one chapter to an ending. In two weeks I’ll send the manuscript to the editor, then there’ll be revisions. I expect it will take another month … Continue reading

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100,390 Words

I’m closing in on the ending to this novel. The many threads hanging loose are starting to worry me. Some threads are necessary to begin Book II, but others must be resolved. And there happen to be plenty of those … Continue reading

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99,000 Words, 3 Chapters to go

The novel is moving along again, but the writing is much more complex. Many threads have been created and a lot of them must converge to form an ending. Others will have to remain open for Book II… and Book … Continue reading

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Hurricane Irma, My Novel, and Me

My novel word count is 94,000 words. My editor returned a large chuck of part II just after Hurricane Irma. So there is a lot to do. She asked me if I learned anything from the storm and I had … Continue reading

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