Willingly Retreating…

Newsletter 020 – August 12th, 2022 Hi, About the image above: I attended a writing retreat in the summer of 2015, held by the Writers’ League of Texas (WLT) on Sul Ross University’s campus in Alpine, Texas. My home in Spring (a northern suburb of Houston), is almost 600 miles away from Alpine. About 200 …

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How Much is Too Much…

Newsletter 018 – July 8th, 2022 Hi, About the image above: It (and another one at the end of the newsletter) were both edited extensively. The same thing has to happen to a novel before it will be ready for publication. The reasons we edit images are often obvious. Compare my original image of Habitat …

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On Hiatus

Picture of Michael at a NaNoWriMo event

This is just to let everyone know that (aside from a quick update now and then) I won’t be posting anything here for a few months. I’ll be doing final preparations for If a Butterfly through all of October, and it will likely be released in late-November or early December. Michael Standard Disclaimer: Please post …

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What I’m Working On, 3-19-2021

Picture of Michael at a NaNoWriMo event

I’ve been spending far too many hours in front of my computer monitor lately. On December 11, 2020, I published my latest book, Aggravated. I had been working on it exclusively for the past several years, and had set aside several other projects that were in various stages of completion while I finished and published …

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WLT’s 2013 Summer Writing Retreat

Picture of Michael at a NaNoWriMo event

[Originally posted on my former blog, Michael Runs the Gamut] At last summer’s WLT Agents & Editors Conference, in Austin, Texas (June 21-23, 2013), I was finally ready to seriously pitch my thriller, The Jagged Man. I thought the book was ready, too. I had been working on it for several years, but I felt …

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Writing Retreats

Picture of Michael at a NaNoWriMo event

I’ve been to two writing retreats in the last six months, and they were both wonderful (and an extremely rare experience for me). I don’t know what your writing situation is like, but let me tell you a little bit about mine. I retired in 2009, after nearly forty years in the workforce (thirty of …

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Painting Our Caves as Writers

Picture of Michael at a NaNoWriMo event

A few days ago, my wife, Minay, and I took a behind-the-scenes tour of the Cave Paintings of Lascaux exhibit that’s running at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. It will be here in Houston through March 23, 2014. It has already been displayed in Bordeaux, France, and at the Field Museum in Chicago. It …

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