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New Post On My Vlog…

Just a quick new post on my vlog.  Basically a quick update of what’s been going on and where I’m headed…

Return Of The Author…

Just wanted to check in and bring you all up to date.  This week coming up is the final one for college.  I’ve started my new job as well, so I’ve been pretty busy.  I hope to be getting back to longer regular posts soon, so please bear with me.  In the meantime I’m sharing this YouTube Link below so you can see some of what I’ve had to do for my Dance Class finals.  This little dance is me and my wife Helen  performing our own take on the Bruno Mars “Lazy Day Song”.  Hope you enjoy it.


Hi everyone.  For those who haven’t realized, I have this blog and another one.  This blog has been mostly for talking about my novels that are finished or are under way.  The other blog which I’ve titled, “MUSINGS OF A CREATIVE MIND” is all about writing itself.  Dealing with writer’s block, getting ideas and inspirations, trying to find an agent, my efforts to get published, all that good stuff.

Now in regards to novel #2 “THE SHIP”, the total word count is up to 61,000.  I haven’t had as much time to write lately due to college demands.  I’m getting close to finals already so the workload is increasing.  I’m going to spend most of this afternoon though on the novel.  I’m caught up for the moment and want to take advantage while I’ve got the chance.  Next weekend is going to be shot because I have a special all-day class on Saturday to wrap up one of my classes, so I won’t have as much time to do other things.  But rest assured, “THE SHIP” is now 2/3’s done and I hope to have a completed 1st draft by the middle or end of June.

In the meantime if anyone is interested in reading my other blog, today’s topic is about “LAYERING”.  For those who don’t know that term it’s a phrase to describe how a writer will add on more and more details to a scene/setting to give the reader more of an idea or feel for the action and where it’s taking place.  For more information please click on the link below:



It Was Supposed To Be A Still-Life...

I call this piece, “IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE A STILL LIFE”,  I couldn’t help myself with this one.   She looked so cute messing about under the tree.  This was my Dad’s cat Spikette.  The pose was based on my own cat Avalon, the beautiful black cat you see as my photo.  Both cats and my Dad are gone, so I’m really glad I did this piece.   It makes me think of all of them.  I’ve worked with Charcoal and Soft Pastel for years and this of course is done in the pastels.  I hope you enjoy this.

I’ve finished with my final exams…YAY!  But I’m also fighting a massive cold (yes I was fighting it while taking the exams as well…wheeeeeeee).  But now I have more time to rest and try and get over it.  In the meantime, I hope to be getting back to my writing and posting more sections here shortly.  Thanks for all your patience and I hope you’re all enjoying the holiday season.

Just a quick note…

Okay gang I’m into the home stretch with college.  This week marked the end of regular classes, next week is nothing but Final Exams.  Wish me luck.  Once I’m done with all 4 of those… (yes, I’m a glutton for punishment), I’ll be free to enjoy the holidays.  Even more importantly, I’ll be free to get back to the writing and post more stuff here.  Hang tight and I’ll be back in action shortly.  Take care.

I managed to get through my mid-term for Women Studies this week.  It wasn’t easy.  2 parter, first was multiple choice, then an 80 minute handwritten essay.  I’ve still got writer’s cramp from that part.  Plus I had 2 other exams this week and survived them.  This should all sound good right?  Wrong.  I’ve got another mid-term in 2 weeks I have to start studying for (whimper).
Needless to say, but I will anyway, the writing has been slowed down considerably.  But, this down time gave me the opportunity to go over what I’ve done with the 3rd novel “The Door”.  I got to see what was working and what wasn’t.  Had a lot of new characters and concepts introduced, too much really.  Plus I still had to fully settle on a main plot for book #2 and give it a title.  So I’m lifting certain ideas and scenes from “The Door” and placing them in book #2 which is tentatively titled “The Ship”.

Book #2 will take place in a one month span between the ending of “The Bridge” and “The Door”.  It will also focus on two of the female leads who played a crucial and supporting role in “The Bridge”.  The action will be taking place on the opposite coast in Santa Cruz California (my current home… hey they say write what you know about) and will explore Cassandra long and dark family history.  Her ghostly ancestors who watch over her are being stirred up by events taking place near her new beach house along the water.  A terrifying ghost ship of family legend will arise and cross her path leading to death and revelations about the infamous Elliott history.  This will also lay the ground work for the focus of book #3 “The Door” where the darkest secret of Cassandra’s family will be brought to light with terrifying consequences.


I hope to post more here soon.  Possibly I’ll do one or two more sections of “The Bridge” to arouse people’s interest and keep you all amused.  Until then, have a safe and HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

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