Wolf on Kindle

So I’ve sent, “Wolf: A military P.A.C. Novel” to Kindle. It should be up in a day or two. I’m excited and scared at the same time.
Hug your friends, kiss your mate. Don’t kick the dog.

Wolf – A Military P.A.C. Novel

So I’ve finished my latest book. I’m calling it Wolf – A military P.A.C. Novel. Of course, when I say it’s finished I’m only referring to the story line. It needs an edit now, and then a spelling and grammar check. I think the structure is fine but I’ll check that as well. Then I’ll put it through a couple of beta-readers for the things I might miss. Continuity and details, and the blind spots all authors have. Why do you think editors have a job? They’re needed.

But it’s a nice feeling to finish another. I have ideas for more works, and this one isn’t a stand alone novel but likely a trilogy or a series, so it won’t be the last one by a long shot.

Small victories become large victories. Words become paragraphs, become pages, become chapters. Soon it’s a book.

When you write, break it down for yourself so you can see the pieces.

Enjoy the puzzle.

Something New

I recently read a friend’s story, one that was accepted to On Spec, the magazine. I don’t have permission to use her name, so I won’t. Suffice it say, it was a brilliant story; beautiful structure and word usage. Strong female character. Good tension and…it was brilliant, but that’s not what this is about.  As I read it, in the side column, were comments from someone else that had proofed it for her. Her comment; put changes to voice and emotion before speech so the reader didn’t have to go back and see if the words fit.

I’ve done this as a reader, had to go back to see what someone meant. It breaks the flow of the narrative. Not always, but enough. I thought it was a great idea. Have I seen it before, I’m sure, have I noticed it before, no. But that’s the point of good narrative, keeping the reader in the story from front to back.

Personally I’ve always put this kind of information behind the speech, thinking I didn’t want it to get in the way of conversation, or to add impact to the conversation itself.

So it was new. And I’ve started using it in my own work. I find it makes some things more powerful, others, it adds clarity to the speech. These are good things.

So, not only did I get to read a great story, I learned a new trick to mix in with the others I know.

I’m sure I’ll get to know when my friend is published and I’ll let you know. At that time it should be okay to use her name but I will still get her permission.

Information comes from everywhere. Stay open to it.

It’s nice when it comes from someone who really deserves it as well. She’s good at her craft. I wish her every success.

 Be Kind. Be Loved. Read / Write. Do all of them, often.


Today, I’m no longer an amateur writer. I’m a ghostwriter. Striding forward.

And, I got a nibble from the Donald Maass Agency, wanting fifty more pages from the Samhain Murders.

So…I’m ecstatic.