What’s This All About, Anyway?

Well, I’ve been sitting on this sadly empty blog for some time now, so I thought maybe this would be a good time to finally write a post.  You know, to introduce myself, or something.  To explain just what this blog is all about.

There’s just something about November, I guess.  Normally, I would be participating in NanoWrimo this month, but I took this year off.  I’ll get to that.  It was this event, and my lovely, talented, and highly persuasive sisters, that finally convinced me to take up something I’ve always loved.  Writing.  In November 2010, I set off on my first Nano journey.  I wrote what is essentially a completed draft of a part autobiographical, part fictional adventure titled, Volkswagen Summer.  After the month ended, the draft was left to languish deep in the files, where it remains today.  I’ll get back to it eventually.

In November 2013, I started a new project.  It has gone through several titles and many, many different plots in the years since, to emerge now, nearly finished, as The Compass Code.  And that is why I am not participating in NanoWrimo this year.  That is why this blog has sat here empty for so long.  My main focus is finishing a first draft of this novel, and it’s so close.  After years of writing scene after scene of an almost entirely character driven story, I finally have a solid feel of the full plot behind it all.  So, yay!  Maybe I can start sleeping better again.  (Ha ha.)

Two years and three days ago, I started blogging at Seeking Redress, where I get into politics, news, and war.  November seemed a fitting time to publish the first non-fiction piece I had written in years, for Veterans Day.  I still post to Seeking Redress, sometimes frequently, sometimes not.  Those posts are always linked to here, in case you want to check them out.  However, on this blog, my focus is more on the art (agonizing, torturous, insanity driven process) of writing.

So, I’ll post all the ‘other’ stuff that just doesn’t fit at Seeking Redress.  Short stories, rants, lessons I’ve learned on writing and life, whatever.  Of course, I’ll be posting updates on my novel, maybe even some short clips and deleted scenes, as I get closer to publishing.  I hope you will join me once in a while.

If you’re so inclined, join me on social media too.  I’m on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.  You can read my short bio here.

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