Quick Celebration And An Apology

Hi, just a quick couple of things.

  • I was just looking at the site and I realized that at some point I had crossed the 400-post mark on this blog. Of course, more than a few of those were brief, pithy little posts like this one, but still, that is something of a feat. Good on me for actually sticking with a writing blog longer than just a few months. So, I reformatted one of the Pexel pictures and you now see it as the featured photo for this post.
  • For the first time in at least a few weeks, I’m not going going to be able to post a “content rich” blog post on the weekend. Part of that was going out of town for at least a good portion of one of those days, and the other was some of those blogs mushroomed into more than what I was expecting, and then I got started too late on one. Sorry about that, but people who have been reading this before are likely used to it.
  • I have been working on those blogs, and I think that you might be able to get one on Friday and one on Saturday without many problems. Now I’ll see whether I actually stick to that or I procrastinate again, ha ha.
  • Anyway, hope everyone is doing great. I’ll be back in a little while.

Oh, Yeah, Happy Anniversary To The Blog…

So, I was noodling around online, totally oblivious to more than a few things, when I saw this:

Ugh, I knew I’d forgotten something. 😑

Remember that first post a year and a day ago?

Yeah, that was a little bit of a shambles. The first “official” post worked out better. Go ahead and read through it if you have a second – it’s a good representation of where I was at that point as a writer, as well as something of a manifesto of my intent for the blog. As I explained there and also later in my biographical A Writer’s Biography posts, the idea behind this was to finally codify, formalize, and provide a platform for me to not only discuss my philosophies and journey as a writer, but eventually promote my own writing. From the “Welcome” post:

Although I have been interested in being a writer ever since I was a teenager, it’s only been in the past several years that I have had the mental discipline to produce fiction writing on anything close to a consistent basis.

I’d say that was an understatement, but anyway… What sort of progress have I made in the year since?

Actually, quite a bit. The first project that I had just completed at the start of this blog (The Holy Fool), through some serendipity and steady work, is now in the initial process of publication, and I am hoping I will be able to let you know when you might be able to purchase/download and purchase a copy of it sometime soon. One of the projects that was in the planning stages at the start of my blogging time (The American Nine) is now through the rough draft stage and now is awaiting outside input before moving deep into the revising process, complete with beta readers and critiques. Finally, I have two other writing projects I have now started to toy around with and bring out of the writing mothballs.

I’ve done a few other things with the blog. I’ve used it to put forward my thoughts on writing, what I’ve picked up over the past 20 years of journalism, teaching, and writing. I’ve managed to post well over 100 blogs so far, although more than a few of them have been just updates of what I’ve written and revised during the past week. I’ve even shared some of my original writing with you here as well. I thought it couldn’t be a proper writing blog if I didn’t do that, even if some of the material was uneven.

And, I’ve picked up some followers – somewhere over 70 at my last count. I hope everyone who has visited has found something interesting to read, on one topic or another.

By my estimation, this is the longest regular writing project I have ever undertaken. I tried so many times to start journals or other writings, but I never made it stick. I’m glad that this one has, and I look forward to recounting more about my writing and writing in general here. I’ve really enjoyed it.

Writing Journal/Random Notes 4.30.2018: Things happened, but who am I kidding?

Well, the last full week of April wound up being a bit of a flop:

+1,074 words written (blogging).

Days writing: 2 out of 7.

Days revising: 0 out of 7 for  total minutes.

Daily Writing Goals Met (500+ words or 30 minutes of revisions): 1 out of 7 days.

Yeah, it was like that.

I guess I could say that I had life things come up, etc. Which is true, in a sense. More behind the scenes stuff is happening, but you know how I tend not to get into too many personal blog details here. Once things begin to sort themselves out, I’ll probably talk about it briefly. None of it will affect the blog, though.

Right now, I’m kind of in a situation where I’m waiting on a lot of things – some of them writing-related, some work-related, some personal-related. There was one point last Tuesday where I was waiting on at least five different people to contact me about various things. I told my wife about that and she said “Welcome to the club.” (She runs her own consultancy firm.)

Also, I’ve gotten to a point where I’m in the lagging part of revising some projects. That is, I’m looking at them and sighing because I’m not quite sure where to go with them, or at least, what the next step should be.

Anyway, since I’ve spent longer on this than I intended, let’s get into Random Notes.

  • Quick update on where I am with writing projects:
    • The Holy Fool – now in “pre-publication.” That’s about as specific as I can get for now, but I will update everyone as soon as events merit it.
    • The American Nine – In second draft format, with at least two deeper revisions pending. Due to my need to keep the draft under 100,000 words, I think I have ideas for two other books that would make this a trilogy.
    • We Can Be You… – finished looking over the rough draft and making cuts to overly long scenes. The rough draft is now somewhere around 30,000 words – I’m now considering finishing it and shooting for a 90,000- word manuscript, with other material that was part of the book being part of two later sequels.
  • I want to thank everyone who has been visiting my blog recently, especially those that visiting this recent post. It’s nice to see people visit – feel free to comment as well.
  • In case you are wondering, the Volume I posts involving the Writer’s Biographies cover my life as a kid getting interested in writing, and Volume II includes my time as a younger writer, before the recent revival and production of my interest in writing. If there is a Volume III to those Biography pieces, those would cover what has happened with my writing in recent years. However, I think there might be at least a couple Volume I and Volume II posts left to write, too. [EDIT: I have created a new category, Biography, on the right-hand side of the blog. All of the Writer’s Biography posts can be found there.]
  • Depending on circumstances, I might be able to put together another midweek post as well as the regular journal entry.

That’s it for now. I’ll write some more later.