Spontaneous Combustion

I’m a spontaneous guy. Just ask my wife. Sometimes that puts me in an awkward place. After all, part of my day job is to be a project manager. The spontanaity works well to recover from any problems that might arise, but is sort of at odds with the actual ‘planning’ of my projects. Still, I get the job done (and done well, I have been told). But that’s not the point of this post. Actually, the point of this post (and yes, I do have one) is the evolution of this website. I have tried to build a site that is informative, visually appealing and useful. That has been more of an evolutionary process than anything else. Take, for […]

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Mik Murdoch and the Power Within is Ready for Editing

I was going to title this post, “Mik Murdoch and the Power Within is Finished” but that really isn’t true. I still have to do a polishing edit before I send it to my publisher and editor. Once they have it, it will be edited/revised/re-edited to within an inch of its life. Then it will get a cover and layout followed by release as and ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) for review and finally it will be available for sale. That means we are still a few months away from it being generally available. The book ended up finishing at slightly more than 65,000 words, 29,000 of which I wrote during my vacation (which ended yesterday, unfortunately). What the final, published count […]

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Resetting Expectations

I’ve talked about setting goals before. I am a big fan of using goals to succeed in my writing. Sometimes, unfortunately, I lose sight of my goals. It could be because of just about anything. Recently, concerns about my job were…distracting me from my writing. When that happens, it can be hard to get the writing, or whatever project the goal is related to, back underway. When I find myself floundering too long, I try to set a line in the sand to force myself back on track. For example, we were planning vacation and I knew we would be doing a significant amount of driving. Since my wife prefers to do the actual driving while I navigate (don’t laugh, […]

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