What I’m Working On, 3-19-2021

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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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What I’m Reading Now, 3-12-2021

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As I mentioned a couple of posts ago, I started re-reading Ian Rankin’s Inspector Rebus novels back in late-December. I’m only on Book Five (titled The Black Book) out of twenty-three, so I’ll be well-supplied for a while. Or will I? Since I don’t like to read books from similar genres while I’m writing or …

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My Profile at the Gutsy Great Novelist

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Recently I was asked to interview for a member profile for a group I belong to, The Gutsy Great Novelist. Here’s a copy of it. Let’s begin with your origin story. When did you first realize you wanted to write a novel? Was there a particular person or experience that inspired you I think I’ve …

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Fallow Fields

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fallow, adjective. 2: dormant, inactive —used especially in the phrase to lie fallow A New First Post The final posts in my previous blog were written in 2016, roughly five years ago. What was happening between then and now? Why did I let those websites lie fallow all that time? I could make a number …

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The Jagged Man is Finally Out

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[Originally posted on my former blog, Michael Runs the Gamut] I had tweeted about it on Twitter, and posted about it on the Jagged Man website. [2021 Note: The Jagged Man website is currently dead. It will likely be resuscitated when a second edition of the book goes on sale. Late 2021?] Although I have …

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Being a Self-Publishing Virgin is Scary

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[Originally posted on my former blog, Michael Runs the Gamut] For the past several years I’ve submitted queries (although not nearly often enough), and pitched my novels at conferences, with no success. Okay, I lied at least a couple of times in that first sentence. In 2002, I participated in NaNoWriMo for the first time, …

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What I’m Working On, 03-04-2014

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[Originally posted on my former blog, Michael Runs the Gamut] A couple of weeks ago, a question was asked at the [now defunct] Fiction Writers and Editors Group at LinkedIn. It was simply, “What are you working on?” After I had responded, along with a hundred or so other writers, it occurred to me that …

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Artist Retreat III – January 2014

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[Originally posted on my former blog, Michael Runs the Gamut] In my last post, I talked about the writer’s retreat I went to in Alpine, Texas. A couple of months ago, I was invited to another retreat, much closer this time, in Galveston. A couple of friends of mine, Dominick D’Aunno and Matt Adams, decided …

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WLT’s 2013 Summer Writing Retreat

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[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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A Writing Space of My Own

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After Minay and I got married in August 1982 — yes, it’s been nearly thirty-two years, and she hasn’t killed me yet — I made sure I had an area to write in. Sometimes it was makeshift, like the corner in the second bedroom of our first apartment (which also served as our exercise room …

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