Embracing the Challenges…

I really shouldn’t be writing this blog post.

I am a few thousand words away from completing a novel. Yepper…95,000+ word beast that took all of the summer of 2K16, along with a few days of the Spring and the first few days of the Fall to complete.

By this time next month, I’ll be a few days away from another book launch with my writing team, and my local sponsor, Barnes & Noble Booksellers.

There is a problem…and since this is life…there will ALWAYS be a problem.

This weekend, the problem was this carbon based machine, that for the last fifty or so years, I’ve called “my body”. Something happened in my brain…and before I knew it, I was flopping around on the floor like a fish out of water. I couldn’t say words correctly, my hands were doing their own thing-locked tight to my waist, and curled into useless clubs.

Other people insisted that I go to the hospital, and when I did, the nurses and doctors put upon me the message that if I hadn’t gotten there when I did and they treated me with appropriate medicines, I might be dead.

Still…Jocko spoke to me.

“You’ve got to complete me. You can’t go now.”

My challenge was to get out of that hospital and tell the rest of my damn story.

I’m now at home. Scrivener is open and the words of the thirty-eighth chapter are screaming out at me. My characters are happy to be back in their environment. They are sprinting, fighting and clawing toward the finish line.

I’m just gonna embrace the challenges thrown my way as I head toward the finish line.

Short & Sweet…

I’ve been told that I’m not updating my blog enough. I’m not Twittering enough. My author pages on Facebook need more attention…Etc…Etc…


Here I sit, two weeks after my last blog post. Pecking a few words to you…

I am so flattered and humbled by your interest in what I’m up to. Maybe, one day I’ll write a book on “The Process”, people will love it and….

Maybe, one day I’ll be able to afford a real publicist that does nothing but crank out media stuff for me, arrange photo shoots and book signings.

Good reader, that time is not now. Right now, I’m a struggling new writer, sharpening a skill that I put away many years ago. I’m a fifty-year-old singles hitter trying to sharpen my skills for another run at the Major Leagues.

I’m currently writing a novel. Not my first novel, but my first under such a tight deadline. So with each word that I peck here, I’m thinking about the exploits of Christophe, François & Suavè.

When this project is completed, I’ve smiled and signed, been photographed and interviewed. I’m going to jump into another project that needs to be finished…and then I will…

Finish a noel that I started three years ago…Write some more short stories…Start and finish another novel…and another…and another…an anthology of select short stories…another novel…

You get the idea.

In the middle of all of that, I’ll post…I’ll update…I’ll let you know what’s going on inside my little brain.

And maybe…just maybe…I’ll get to the Major Leagues.