Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Look What Came in the Mail!

This is going to be a short post. Because I have some reading to do, and don't want to waste too much time writing. 

Yesterday, I came home from work at midnight and saw there was a package on our table. This is what was inside:
(Neil Gaiman's newest novel. The page sticking out from the side is the tracking sheet from UPS, not a loose page!)

(And there's Mr. Gaiman's John Hancock. Or, as John Hancock might say, there's the Neil Gaiman)

I got the signed copy through a bookstore in Massachusetts that Neil mentioned on his blog. Needless to say, I am quite excited. 

I thought about reading the whole book as soon as I opened the package, but after page 70 or so, I realized I wasn't absorbing everything like I wanted to, and so, reluctantly, I put the book down and went to bed. 

So . . . back to reading now!


Thursday, June 13, 2013

Wedding Sandwich and a Book Update

I've not been getting much done in the writing realm recently.

Normally, I don't like making excuses for not writing, because instead of doing that, I should really just cut my losses and start writing, but here comes an excuse. Right now I'm in the middle of a . . . WEDDING SANDWICH!

I've only been in three weddings in my life prior to this summer and yet, somehow, I am in back to back weddings this June. Last Saturday (the 8th) and this upcoming Saturday (the 15th). The weddings are for two close friends who I've known since I was five. It was a little random that they happened to get married a week apart from each other, but at least they didn't choose the same day! That would've been a conundrum! 

Here's a photo from the past wedding. It was down in Iowa (I live in Minnesota, if you're wondering).
(I'm on your left, the dude with red hair.)
I stopped on the way down to take a few pictures of the windmill farms. There was something mystical about them in the fog—their blades humming as they whirred over and over through the low hanging cloud. But looking back at the pictures, they just look like windmills. 
(Blades cutting through the heavy fog)
I don't have a picture from this upcoming Saturday's wedding yet, because it hasn't happened. 

Now it's time for a . . .

As far as writing goes, I finished adding a section to my book after looking at some of my wife's suggestions. I like how it turned out, and I think it makes the book more interesting. Now I am going to do something called "Reverse Outline" my book, which is where you go through what you've written and write an outline for it so you can get a better idea of the overall feel of the book, like if anything is superfluous or if there are long stretches where nothing interesting happens. Plus I'll get another chance to add more detail here and there (something I feel like I could use more of as I skim through the notes my wife left) and quadruple check my spelling and grammar. 

After this, I plan on sending the book to a friend who's an English teacher who works with kids in the age range my book would be targeting. 

Well, I should get going. I've got a bachelor party tonight, a wedding rehearsal tomorrow, and a wedding on the day after that. Then I work overtime on Fathers's Day! Yikes, I need time to write!


Monday, June 3, 2013

The Clearing

I recently finished a new short story, entitled The Clearing, in which the main character relieves a strange experience he had while hunting with his uncle in the woods. 

I'm currently trying to get it published. If you're interested, just drop me a line by clicking the contact link at the top of my blog!