• Author Insider,  Making Of,  Revision,  Writing,  Writing Craft

    First Novel Journey – First Chapter Down!

    I’m stoked! Stoked I tell you! This week I finished the first draft of the first chapter of my first novel! I pushed past my inner critic and got it done. I’d been in a bit of a writing funk late summer to early fall when I got a tweet from a reader who had read my story, “The Road to Fjallmark” in Wyngraf Magazine. It was so positive and encouraging and it lit such a fire within me to keep writing. So readers, if you found an author’s work enjoyable, let them know! That positive tweet or message might be just the thing needed to keep them going on…

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    First Novel Journey: An Antidote to Disenchantment

    “If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children, I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life, as an unfailing antidote against the boredom and disenchantments of later years, the sterile preoccupation with the things that are artificial, the alienation from the sources of our strength.“ Rachel Carson, The Sense of Wonder So far this year has proven to be immensely encouraging as far as writing goes. I’ve had a few early successes (an Honorable Mention in the Writer’s of the Future contest…

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    First Novel Journey: Skyrim, Medieval Woodworking, and Izbas

    I’ve begun work on the first story in my book-length collection set in the world of “The Road to Fjallmark”, and I wanted to share both a brief synopsis and a glimpse of what is going into the project. With a working title of “The Woodworker’s Guest”, this piece tells the story of a young, talented woodworker who had a perfect life – a great business, friends, beautiful wife, young son – and lost it all in a fire. Now isolated and alone and struggling with grief, he may find hope and healing when a magical, unexpected visitor shows up in his home. As I work on this story, I’m…

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    First Novel Journey: Returning to the World of “The Road to Fjallmark”

    I thought I knew where I was headed. I had my next novel plotted, characters formed, and a world fully fleshed out. But as I started on it, something wasn’t sitting right with me and I realized that it wasn’t what I needed to be focusing on at the moment. So I have my notes all tucked away and my world and characters stored in my heart for another more fitting time. What I’ve decided on for my next project is something I’m so excited about, something that makes my heart overjoyed, and something I wake up each day ready to dive into. I’m heading back to the world of…