Writers have to speak out about the world around them sometimes. This is my shout-out against abuse. Continue reading
As you can see from the NaNoWriMo Winner’s Badge, I met the challenge–writing 52,000 words in November!
After a false start with the first novel I set out to write in November, the characters of the second novel were glad to share their story with me. Given that I always take a day of rest on Sundays, that took a whole 6 days from my writing schedule, meaning I had to write about 2,100 words per day to make the 50,000. It was brutal!
At one point, I stalled, but the characters insisted I could get back on track by adding some alien-like beings into the story. Aliens! You’ve gotta be kidding me! This is a romantic mystery–not sci-fi! They insisted, and so it is, there are other-worldly characters in my (who am I kidding!) story. In fact, they worked in very well, adding some unexpected interest to the story. I’m sure it will put a smile on readers faces.
Now, the challenge is to finish the novel. At 52,000 words, it’s about 40% to 50% done, but there’s still a lot of story to tell–at least that’s what the characters are telling me! Then, of course, will come several rounds of heavy-handed editing to tighten the story up, and make sure it’s all cohesive. One of the perks of winning NaNoWriMo is that I could purchase Scrivener, a writer’s software, for half price–which I did. For the last few days, I’ve been stuffing my manuscript into Scrivener, and learning how to use all its features. I write more on Scrivener in a later post.
Well, there are only 7 days left in the NaNoWriMo challenge. I still have a lot of work to do. I finished 38,000 words of my novel, so far, and have another 12,000 to go before midnight on the 30th. If I can keep up my current pace, and my characters are cooperating, I might just make it! There’s just one little downside, now that we can verify our word count on the NaNoWriMo site, I found their counter is not writer friendly–showing 200+ fewer words than my count in LibreOffice. 200 words may not sound like much, but they could be the hardest ones to write!
Good luck to all NaNoWriMo writers out there! Just one last push!
I see you standing there, trying to stay on your feet as the landing craft pitches in the shallow water near the shore of Juno beach. Who comes up with those names anyway? You’re so young, too young to be here. Your face is getting whiter by the minute. Is it from being sea sick, or is it from the fear? Continue reading
Okay, I started writing The Man in the Black Suit for NaNoWriMo. I even finished the first chapter, and it looked promising. Then the characters decided not to talk to me anymore. So, I spent a whole day trying to figure out why. This morning, it became clear–the characters from another story were drowning them out! Continue reading
NaNoWriMo 2017 begins today! It’s 50,000 words or bust by the end of the month! So I’m going full steam ahead with my new teen mystery novel, tentatively titled: The Man in the Black Suit. Here are the first two paragraphs–just to whet your appetite… Continue reading
In keeping with Halloween, which is just around the corner, here is a nice little horror story. You have to decide what happened in the end… Continue reading
I am very pleased to announce my new book OOPS! Missed That Turn Again!, subtitled: And Other Funny Stories from My Past. As you can guess from the title, this is an anthology of funny, silly, interesting, and poignant stories from my life. These are all true stories, but I have saved many red faces by changing all the names, except mine, of course.
This was a fun book to write, albeit a three-month effort. It’s what has kept me quiet on the site and everywhere else. What amazes me most about creating this book, is how much I was able to remember from way, way, way back! I couldn’t believe I still remembered the school cheer!
The book cover image is very appropriate. It’s a photo of a lone vehicle negotiating the dunes of the Namib Desert, in Namibia, Africa. I had the opportunity of driving through the Namib Desert while visiting Namibia back in 2001. I experienced first-hand what it’s like to be caught in a sandstorm. It was frightening! It’s also in Namibia that I “missed that turn again” several times, getting myself, and my companion, hopelessly lost in what I was told was a dangerous place!
I hope you have as much fun reading it as I had writing it!
This book, as with all my titles, is published by Raw Sienna Press, in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan Canada, and is available as a Print On Demand book, on Blurb.ca.
A short story by Sean Broadchest (702 words)
It was a dark and stormy night. Rivulets of water ran swiftly along the path, cutting jagged trenches in the softer mud. Lightning lit up the sky, followed by earth-rending cracks of thunder. Continue reading