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Spring Cleaning

24 Feb

003Happy Tuesday once again, the last week of February and I don’t know about you, but that’s great news to me.  When February is gone I can officially think about spring, and spring means longer days, and a brighter shade of gray here in western Washington…all great reasons to celebrate.

I think I’m finally done with my third novel.  I think!  I mean, I could tinker with it for another twelve months, but I’m happy with it now and I’m pleased with the main character, so I think I’m officially done with it.  Unfortunately, I don’t have the money to hire someone to do the final edit for me, so I’ll have to rely on some friends to help in that regard.  Between four or five of us we should be able to catch most of the grammatical errors.

And then it will be time to start sending out query letters to agents, and since that process will take months, it could easily be 2016 before I know if this book was accepted by anyone out there.

Meanwhile, I’ll start in on the sequel to this book because, well, that’s what writers do…we write.  The working title of this next novel will be “The Shadows Have Eyes.”  Stay tuned.

So how’s it going with you?  What’s happening in your writing world?  I’m going to be busy spring-cleaning my writing world.  I need to toss out those things that are unnecessary and distracting.  I need to deep-six things that are not productive.  By April I want to be a lean, mean, writing machine, and that leads us to the quote of the day.


Organizing ahead of time makes the work more enjoyable. Chefs cut up the onions and have the ingredients lined up ahead of time and have them ready to go. When everything is organized you can clean as you go and it makes everything so much easier and fun.

Anne Burrell
Can you see where I’m headed yet?


I’m not new to this writing game, but comparatively speaking I’m really still a fledgling writer.  There is much for me to learn and I’m eager to learn it, but one thing I don’t need to learn because it is part of my DNA is organization.  I need to be organized.  I really can’t accomplish much in a state of chaos, so periodically I need to toss out the unnecessary and embrace the necessary.  In the world of frugal living it’s called “needs vs wants,” and the same principle holds true for me in writing.

It is so easy to get distracted when working from home.  Self-employment means having no boss to keep you on task and yes, that’s very cool, but it also is a pitfall that is just waiting for a misstep.  You know I’m speaking the truth if you are self-employed.  The phone rings, there is a knock on the door, a new video you just have to see on Youtube, and pretty soon four hours are gone and you’ve accomplished nothing.

Because of that, I need to toss out those distractions from time to time….those little things that drain me of time, effort and emotions.  If I don’t do that then I will become a crazy man who produces very little.


Take a look at your production to date.  Are you where you want to be?  Are you being held back by something?  Is there time being wasted on things that are unproductive?  If so, it’s time to spring-clean your life and get your writing back on track.


Any flash fiction fans out there?  Here’s a flash fiction contest. Only seven bucks per submission, and submissions are accepted until March 29thCheck it out here.


What does your platform look like today compared to what it looked like a year ago?  If you say the same then you simply aren’t working hard enough at your craft and yes, that is called tough love.


On to self-serving promotion.  Let me share a review for “Resurrecting Tobias” that I recently received.

“Even after closing this stunning book, I remain within it’s pages. I don’t want to leave. One thought repeats in my mind. “You MUST read this novel.” Few words can adequately describe this masterful work. You must experience it’s depth, and the authenticity of human frailties, the explosive power of pure love and loyalty and the miracle of Forgiveness. Tobias Alexander King will taunt you to follow him, love him, hate him, hold your breath and ultimately admire and applaud him. You will not rest until this story’s end overwhelms every fiber of your being. Even then, like me, you will want to remain.” Paula Jamison

You can order your copy of “Resurrecting Tobias” from Amazon by following this link.



It’s been a blast and now it’s time to continue with my spring cleaning. Have a wonderful week of writing and I’ll catch you next week, same time, same station.


“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”