So Excited I Teared Up…

Newsletter 065/002 – June 28, 2024  (A Reprint of Newsletter #2) Hi, [Updates: I’ve added about 1,500 words to Flood and Fire, so it’s progressing. I’ve been under the weather for the last few days, though. One night, last Tuesday, I noticed my throat was a little sore. By morning it was really scratchy and …

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I Called This Meeting Because…

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Newsletter 064/001 – June 14, 2024 (A Reprint of Newsletter #1) Hi, [Update on my novella, Flood and Fire (as of 06-10-2024): It’s currently just over 32,000 words long, which is approaching a respectable length for a novella. There’s still more to write, but since I usually cut out around 10% when I edit I …

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And To Grow Old…

Newsletter 63 – May 24, 2024 Hi, In Newsletter #62 I covered some of my medical issues and how those are hampering my ability to write. Nothing has been decided about my hand surgery yet. Minay and I will probably visit the surgeon together, sometime in June, to discuss all of my options. In this …

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Medicine Is Magical…

Newsletter 62 – May 10, 2024 Hi, Modern medicine can do a great many things it couldn’t do when I was born in 1946. Let’s start with an image. These are two x-ray views of my right hand and wrist. The image on the left is a dorsal (top) flattened view. In the image on …

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What Is The Grass…

Newsletter 61 – April 26, 2024 Hi, Grass grows. Unfortunately. Mowing season started early for me this year (on February 28th, to be specific). In 2021 my first mowing was on May 8th, In 2022 on April 15th, and in 2023 it was on March 20th. It’s been getting earlier every year. Global warming? Yes, …

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Procrastination Is The Thief…

Newsletter 59 – March 22, 2024 Hi, The previous newsletter was about how trying to make a novel “perfect” can really slow the process down. Whenever I fall into the trap of trying to make everything perfect, I always end up wasting a lot of time, and sometimes — when progress seems futile — stop …

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Being Perfect Isn’t a Thing…

Newsletter 58 – March 8, 2024 Hi, No one is perfect. We all have our flaws. I certainly have my share, and I’ve been struggling with some of them lately. I have lots of ideas for novels I would like to write, but I find I spend a lot of time planning and plotting and …

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Make No Little Plans…

Newsletter 57 – February 23, 2024 Hi, Over the previous two newsletters I talked about interruptions and distractions, and about how my writing routine is sort of haphazard (and maybe a little too flexible). I think the main realization I’ve had, after thinking about this for a while, is that I need to find a …

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Promises, Promises…

Newsletter 056 – February 9, 2024 Hi, The previous newsletter was about opportunities (like grants and paid residencies), which can be excellent resources for writers (when they are successful), but can also be time-wasters (when they don’t pan out). Anything that wastes a writer’s time isn’t good for their productivity, of course, so it’s important …

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