There are definitely times when I am feeling somewhat less than motivated to work on that next book or story. I know I’ve got deadlines, but the story is dragging or I’m tired or not feeling well.

Then there are times when I simply cannot wait to get the next book written. Those are, I’m happy to say, happening more and more frequently. Most often, these motivations are triggered by a fan telling me how much they enjoyed my book or books.

Tonight I had the pleasure to hang out with a local Cub Scout group. I’ve been with them before as a guest author. This time the few I saw last year were telling their buddies who I hadn’t met about my books.

It’s one thing for me to talk about my books. It is an entirely different thing to hear someone else espousing the virtues of them.

Several of the Cub Scouts asked me if I was writing another Mik Murdoch book. The excitement they showed at the prospect of another book was awesome.

Awesome enough that I’m overcoming the fatigue I’ve been feeling and digging back into the story.

Mik Murdoch 3 (first draft) is almost 50% completed. That is exciting in itself and scary too. But, I’m not going to give up now because I know there are people waiting for the next book. That is motivation enough because I don’t want to disappoint my readers.


NaNoWriMo – Update

NaNoWriMo. The word, to those of us who know what it represents, elicits a broad range of emotions. For some, it strikes fear. For others, it is an opportunity.

I think it’s safe to say I fall in the later category. I like having the challenge of writing 50,000 words in 30 days in front of me. It gets my creative juices flowing.

It also makes me go further than I probably should; I make bigger challenges for myself. For example, I decided to write 70,000 words in November instead of the normal 50,000. That was largely because I knew how much writing I needed to get done. 50,000 words simply would not cover it all.

So, as of today, I am sitting above 45,000 words. That is the pace I need to hit that 70,000 word goal I set for myself. I should be much further along even than that, but I have had a number of zero-word days. Five to be precise. At my current rate of writing, I would already be closing in on 60,000 if I hadn’t taken time off.

But, I do have other responsibilities, so that is just the way it has to be.

Breaking down what I have done thus far is:

  • Finished (and posted) episode 2 of Champ McKay, Texas Space Ranger (to Wattpad);
  • Wrote episode 3 of Champ McKay (as above). Not yet posted. Needs some editing;
  • Began work on 3 different short stories. 80% finished one, 20% finished another and have a solid start on the third;
  • Have written 12 chapters of Mik Murdoch (expect 30ish chapters when finished). That puts the book almost at the half-way point.

Not disappointed with my progress so far. I had hoped to do more writing over the weekend, but plans have this funny way of changing. I’m still maintaining my podcasting work along with my other responsibilities around home too.

How is your NaNoWriMo going?


Get Published Episode 141 – Spencer Estabrooks Talks Film & Screenwriting

I have a confession to make. I LOVE movies. Okay, I get that doesn’t rank up there with anything too profound, but it is true nontheless.

And so, when I was at the Lethbridge Comic Expo and had the chance to meet a filmmaker, I jumped at the chance. The filmmaker was a local person who has been making some really fun independent films. The films are doing well and, I learned, have been at least partially funded by my company. Then I learned he has been doing a webseries called one hit die. Again, really fun stuff.

So, I talked to him and learned a bit more about what he is doing. And it turns out, he is doing a lot. He is writing the screen plays, directing producing and marketing his work. He is also doing all that difficult leg work to find funding for it too. That makes him an all-around threat.

So, I invited Spencer Estabrooks, the him I’ve been talking about, to come on Get Published to talk about screen writing.

Spencer talks about his work, his writing and his efforts to get his fims out to the broader world. He is a fantastic guy and I was delighted to get the chance to talk to him. I know, I’ve picked up a book on screenwriting so I can take a stab at it myself.

Cause, I simply don’t have enough to do already.

And, as always, I would like to invite you to leave me any comments, questions, tips or any other feedback you might have.

And before we begin the show, I would like to remind you that if you have any questions or comments, you can send them to If I don’t know the answer to your question, I will find the person best suited to answer it and play it on the show.

Show Notes

00:00 — Opening – Get Published Episode 141 – Spencer Estabrooks Talks Film & Screenwriting

Everything has to start somewhere and this is the start of “Get Published”

00:14 — Introduction – Get Published Episode 141 – Spencer Estabrooks Talks Film & Screenwriting (continued)

Welcome to the show.

02:05 - Promo - DanDanTheArtMan’s Book Reviews

02:36 Get Published Episode 141 – Spencer Estabrooks Talks Film & Screenwriting (continued)

Mike and Spencer discuss:

  • Screen writing, One hit die, sharkasaurus, time pressure, Guilt pressure, NaNoWriMo, Finding a place to Focus, Routine, Screen Play, vaguely specific, Networking, Conventions, Hulk Hogan, grass roots, westerns, web series

sharkasaurus25:01 - Promo - Dunesteef Podcast

25:37 — Closing

Thank you for listening.









Websites mentioned in this episode:

Spencer Estabrooks -

Sharkasaurus -

OneHitDie -

DanDanTheArtMan Book Reviews -

Dunesteef Podcast -

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