Archive | March, 2016

Education of the Senses

13 Mar

003And a very Happy March to you all!  A serious windstorm is blowing through here today…hoping the power stays on because I’ve got over 200 quail eggs in incubators as I write this.

Is there any point in all this blogging?

Probably, if done correctly.  I don’t do anything correctly except write, so pay no attention to my meager attempts at blogging.  I just toss out a few morsels from time to time, keep in touch with you all and move on to the next day in my writing career.

So, what’s happening in my writing career?  I’m days away from publishing the first in the Billy the Kid Chronicles, my attempt at pulp fiction.  I’ll price it as low as possible so it doesn’t break anyone’s bank, and I hope, if you buy it, you’ll enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it.  As you may or may not know, this is a novella, about 25,000 words, and is about a character I first introduced in a series of short stories on HubPages.  I just took the short stories, combined them, added some seams, tossed in some continuity,  a pinch of character development, a splash of scene description, fine-tuned it all around a plot and presto-chango, a short novel was born. Update…it’s published….go to this link.

The second in the series is being re-worked as we speak, and my goal is to add one to the series each month.

While that is going on, I’m still waiting for a plot and conclusion to reveal itself to me for my sequel to “The 12/59 Shuttle.”  As soon as it does I’ll begin writing that novel.

And that’s it….shall we move on?


“We cannot create observers by saying ‘observe’, but by giving them the power and the means for this observation and these means are procured through education of the senses.”   Maria MontessoriMt. Rainier 2010 084


I think I’ve mentioned before….if so, and you’ve heard it, I’m sorry…if not, great!

I work part-time now outside the house.  My job is as a salesman/merchandiser for a coffee company and a kitchen gadget company.  The two gigs take me about eighteen hours a week, and those eighteen hours are spent in grocery stores displaying product and talking to store buyers.

One of the reasons for taking the jobs was a need for money to meet unexpected expenses, but the other reason was because I needed to get outside the writing studio and become a part of society again before I went crazy.  I’ve been doing this writing thing, full-time, for four-and-a-half years, and that’s a long time to be alone without any real interaction with the outside world.

I was ready for a change.

And it has turned out great!

Besides the money, I’ve found myself re-energized, and I’ve found my creative juices bubbling to the surface with new inspirations.  My senses have been stimulated to the extreme meeting new people, observing shoppers, and soaking it all in.  Say what you will about WalMart, and I’ve said quite a bit in the past, but that store has the most fascinating shoppers of any store in the world, and many of them are appearing, or will appear, in some of my future novels and short stories.


Learn to observe!  We all share five senses.  Learn to turn those senses on and allow them to categorize your surroundings….then take it to the logical next step and record those observations in your stories and books.  Remember, you are the observer for your readers.  Through your words they are allowed to “sense,” or observe your scenes and stories.


The “Billy the Kid Chronicles: A Blood Red Russian Moon” is now available on Kindle for $.99 and as a paperback on Amazon.  Follow this link if you are interested in my first pulp fiction/novella.  Oops, that’s the second time I mentioned that….sorry about the over-promotion.


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Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great week of writing.


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