This Week’s Distraction is Brought to You By—

Here’s the thing:

I’m distracted.  Distracted by everything and nothing, at the same time.  Life and all that.  Meh.  It is what it is.  But when it comes to my writing, the big distraction is not so much life itself, but the other stories.  And there are plenty of those.

Take, for example, last Tuesday.  The town I live in has an old, beaten-up, and run-down theater.  I’ve been inside once, maybe twice, and it’s worse on the inside.  Everything’s torn up or missing, and there’s a faint odor of mold.  Some TLC and it’ll be back to it’s glory days.  But it’s claim to fame is that in the 1930’s (I think) John Dillinger shot up the place.  There’s still bullets in the walls. Read more

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The Start-Over

Here’s the thing:

I ran into a problem the other day.  For the last month (maybe?), I’ve been working on a new novel.  Which is all fine and dandy.  I’m even further into it than I thought I was, topping off at about 14,000 words.  That was a pleasant surprise to find out.

Only that number’s a bit misleading. Read more

Gut-Punch

It’s been a while.

Not because I’ve given up on the written word, but more out of sheer laziness.  Maybe.  My writing output has dropped significantly over the past several months.  I know the reasons.  I’ve discovered—or rediscovered—a forgotten hobby.  Delved into some other aspects of my life.  And let’s not forget about the ever present need for a steady paycheck.

But let’s be honest, I could give you excuses until I am blue in the face.  None of it really matters though.  I just haven’t been here.  And for the most part, I’ve been OK with that.  I have enough other issues on my plate and in my head to create one more of my own choosing.

That was until yesterday.  Or was it Saturday….? Read more

Several Thoughts on Kristen’s Thriller

1) Today, I actually owned up to what needs to be done and brought my current editing challenge with me to work.  Lunch hasn’t happened yet, but spoiler, that’s what I’ll be doing.  Editing.  In some ways, I don’t know exactly why I’m having issues this time around.  It’s never been that bad for me before.  But if it’s going to be done, then I’ve got to step up and just do it.

Long ago, I learned that is was less work to actually do the work than to try and avoid doing it.

Still, wouldn’t it be nice just to have someone step up and fix all those bits?  Read more