Six more days until I see one of my old shipmates and best friends, Alan O'Brien, from the USS Portland (LSD-37). We haven't seen each other since 1989 when he visited me in Louisiana. I jilted him back in the mid-90s by not returning the favor, so I will most certainly have to visit him … Continue reading Exciting Weekend Coming Up!
Received a rejection letter today from Naomi Davis at Inklings Literary. She didn't feel our voice was what she was looking for but was impressed with the way Alan and I worked together so seamlessly. It was a long shot with her anyway. She's more into Historical Romance, whereas Iron Broderick is Sword and Sandal with some … Continue reading First Rejection Letter for Iron Broderick
First draft done. It comes in at 111,000 words. I would like to trim it down to 100,000, but that will be hard. Alan and I could add another 50,000 if we had to.
"Luck betrayed Broderick with honeyed visions of a clear route his dark destiny. Sunlight stabbed his eyes as the mirrored reflections of horse barding called him down that path. His pulse raced as the chanfron, the equine’s face piece, spoke to him in jutting arrogance, whispering that this was the end of his quest. Only … Continue reading Iron Broderick (snippet)
After breakfast this morning, the empty hotel lobby left me feeling meloncholic, like at the end of the Christmas holidays when everyone has gone home.
And thus it ends, and home begins anew. I miss Texas and the wife, but my memories from this weekend will serve me well. The attendees and presenters were all fantastic, friendly, and approachable. The bar is high for any other conference I may attend. Two points of interest: One, Alan and I have an … Continue reading Surrey International Writers’ Conference 2015
Sixteen hours and counting.... It's time to introduce Iron Broderick!
This is where the story, Iron Broderick, takes place.
It's been some time since I've updated everyone on my latest project. The draft is coming along nicely. Alan and I are about 95% finished with the first draft. Of course that final 5% is the hardest as we don't want to lose the reader during the "big fight." I've even managed to squeeze in … Continue reading Iron Broderick Update
Alan and I are hard at work putting the final scenes together. We're really working hard to get the draft finished before the Surrey International Writers' Conference.