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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This Year I…

Newsletter 055 – January 26, 2024 Hi, This year I will hopefully not run into as much external interference as I did last year. The “interruptions” I mentioned frequently last year did pull me off track and slowed down my progress, but I can’t afford to use those as excuses. I need to be more …

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Ends and Beginnings…

Newsletter 054 – January 12, 2024 Hi, If you’ve been following this newsletter for any length of time you will have noticed that 2023 was a year of ups and downs for me. Things didn’t always go as smoothly as I hoped they would. In the newsletter I sent at this time last year, I …

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Sticks and Stones…

Newsletter 053 – December 29, 2023 Hi, Yes, “Sticks and stones [and stone floors] can break my bones, but words shall never harm me.” In the previous newsletter I led you up to an incident I had (on November 14th, 2023), but didn’t describe the incident or the aftermath. This is another long one. Sorry. …

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Old Age Isn’t…

Newsletter 052 – December 8, 2023 Hi, “Old age isn’t for sissies,” as the saying goes. In the last newsletter I mentioned a major incident that may affect my working conditions for several months. Let me preface this by saying I’m okay, but temporarily limited in my ability to ambulate. This will be a two-parter …

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Ramblings – Part 10 of 10

Newsletter 051 – November 24, 2023 Hi, You probably assume by now that I have finished my novella, Flood and Fire, and that I’m deep in the re-editing process for Jagged Man. Unfortunately, I’m still bogged down in the mid-section of the novella, partly because I had a major interruption that may affect my working …

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Ramblings – Part 9 of 10

Newsletter 050 – November 10, 2023 Hi, Disclaimer: This newsletter and the one that will follow it (and the eight that preceded them) were written in advance. This was done to allow me to focus on tasks I have to complete before I can publish my next books (Flood and Fire  and  Jagged Man). Today’s …

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