Thursday, October 5, 2017

Embroiled in a Writing Marathon

                   I apologize for my minimal presence on the blogs.  I have been writing my fourth book which is a true story of the life of a modern day explorer. It has been very challenging, in part, because it has required so many interviews of people who were involved in an expedition or a project of some kind.  I have reached 102,000 words thus far. The project is not yet finished, and then the process of revisions must take place before it goes on to editing.   Thank you for checking back.  Have a lovely autumn.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Writing Can be Hard Work


                   Thank you for all of you who bought or downloaded a copy of Portsoy Woods.
      I am currently working on an historical biography which is tough going because there are so many historical facts that have to be checked and verified before telling the stories within the book. Thus far, the new book has attained about sixty-seven thousand words, and I don't yet know how many words it will be when it's complete. I have also to complete about three more interviews in advance of writing or completing certain chapters.  I also have not yet reached one of the people I would like to interview for his perspective, who now lives in Europe.

                   I had hoped to have this book released by late autumn, but this is the most difficult and complex project I have undertaken, and it might take longer. Once it is complete from my standpoint, it needs to be read by several people I trust. Then I must polish and review and make revisions.  In short, some projects don't flow like wine, or even honey.

                  I hope all of you have had an enjoyable and safe summer.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Portsoy Woods, My New Novel, Is Released for Sale !

          It is with great relief and some joy that I announce that Portsoy Woods, my third book and first novel has been released for sale, effective November 10, 2016.


   Just now, the best places to obtain a copy will be:


This is my author page on Amazon:

There will be worldwide distribution, but this will take some time.

This is a synopsis of the story:

Portsoy Woods

  This is the story of a young intelligence analyst from Northern Virginia who convinces his wife that their young family with four small children, should relocate from the relative comforts and security of their suburban home to a large acreage tract in a very rural setting.  This is a difficult decision for them to make as it takes them from friends, family, and from good jobs with a negligible commute. The decision to relocate is certainly, at first, counter-intuitive.
          They relocate and find that even within their own state, a completely different rural culture and to some degree, different values exist in comparison. Their journey. their new friends and their learning is explored, as the economy and culture of the United States deteriorates. They also endure some personal losses, uncertainties, and disasters along the way.

            Although this book will probably attract those who are interested in preparedness, pre-emptive relocation, and survivalism, this story of family is about much more. It is about the value of flexibility, resilience, hope, faith, loss,  and charity for one's family and friends.

    Reviews on Amazon are always appreciated !    Thank you.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Before a Novel is Born

We hold our work sometimes as long as possible, but eventually, it's time for it to open the door and meet the world.

 Writing can be discouraging work sometimes.  Sometimes, rather than thinking that "This is my third book, and since this one is a novel and is broadly fictional, there should be less fact checking, and less precision required", I am not.  Instead I am overwhelmed sometimes at the complexity of the work, and because I have written this particular work, as a friend and very successful author has suggested, without an outline.  In future, I will write as I am comfortable, and not as others suggest. My process is my own and changes to it should be self generated.
     When the work itself is complete, other aspects begin.  Photographs must be taken, for the cover, and also of me.  I must consider whether I will include any pictures or drawings within the book itself. Then, when all is complete on my end, I must make some decisions as to which publisher will become this books home. There are quite a few alternatives, since fictional works are often placed with different publishers than factual works.  I'll let you know how it progresses...

Sunday, January 10, 2016



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      I am back to writing again, despite the demands on my schedule from other sources.

 I write a bit each day, and have thirty thousand words written for a novel, thus far.   I plan to keep going

and see where the characters and their setting take me.      Stay safe and stay positive.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

An Author Stalled


             I can't believe it has been so long since I have posted here.  This past year have brought many personal challenges, chances to do good in the world, but alas not a lot of chances to make money, or to broaden the availability of my books or their sales.  I must report that some of my friends who are authors, whom I have encouraged, have been wildly successful this year.  One of them now has a trilogy coming out and is being published by Simon and Schuster.  Perhaps my skills lie in the development of other artists, and not actually in my own skills or perspectives.  Friends say, "It's just not your time yet", but I think they may just be being polite. Perhaps my skills are limited or my perspectives simply don't resonate with the American public. Perhaps my views and interests are just too heady.

                 I'll leave you with these thoughts, and the idea that where many of us are, may simply be where God wishes us to be.