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Hay Fever Sucks

…especially when you live in the great Northwest.

Don’t get me wrong, I love the beauty of the Northwest. The rivers, the mountains, the lakes. It’s truly a gorgeous part of the world.

The pollen, however, I could definitely do without. For the last couple of days I’ve been either sneezing with sinuses clogged to the rafters, or taking antihistamines that zonk me out (the non-drowsy kind just don’t cut this kind of attack for me).

On the other hand, I’ve had a good chance to work through some of the initial concepts for my new project, so I should be ready to start writing on Monday. 😀


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The Way Plans Change

A lot has happened since my last post.

Still unable to find a job, I spent the better part of a week in Spokane, hitting the temporary agencies there. I’m still waiting to find out if it had any beneficial effects or not.

I also have come to a decision about the story I was working on. One of my pet peeves is books that are too “preachy,” and the story was looking like it was headed in that direction. I thought long and hard, but wasn’t able to come up with a method of saving it, so I’m shelving it in favor of another project which I hope will help me avoid the preachy tone.

My friends are working on editing Librarian, so I hope to have it ready for publication soon.

I do hope 2014 turns out to be a better year than 2013.

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A New Project For A New Project

I’ve pretty much decided to emulate Dean Wesley Smith in one blogging project, at least for a little while.

He’s doing a year-long series called Writing In Public where he catalogs what he does each day.

Myself, if I’m going to treat writing as my day job, I want my weekends free, so I probably won’t be blogging about what I do on the weekends (mostly because it involves sitting around watching TV, playing video games, reading, or really boring errands like haircuts). But it seems to me that posting a daily wordcount and an estimate of how many hours I spent writing will help keep me on task. In effect, I’m using my little audience as motivation to write.

You can do your part too… if I don’t post on a weekday (holidays excluded), nag me in the comments or drop me an email. That will keep me accountable to you, the reader.

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A Week I Don’t Want To Repeat

Sorry about not posting at all last week. I had a painful issue in my hip that made sitting in a chair for any length of time quite uncomfortable. The problem was, standing or laying down wasn’t all that comfortable either, which really sucks. As you might expect, I didn’t get a lot of sleep either.

Fortunately, things seem to have resolved so I can get back to writing, which is a good thing!

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Dreams and Kicks in the Pants

Earlier in the year, when I sat down and started writing Librarian, I had a grandiose dream… that one book was going to make enough to allow me to write for a living. Of course, over time the facts have intruded on my dream. While it’s possible I’ve written the next Hunger Games, it’s far more likely that I’ll only sell a few hundred copies of it.

That’s the way it works sometimes with dreams… you need a big one to get you off your tail and doing something. It’s like the dream provides the kick in the pants to get you to start with what it takes to achieve the dream, though just not in the way you initially thought.

Of course, I still want to make enough off my books to make writing my full time job. But, realistically, it’s going to take more than one book to do that. But at least I got the first one out, and am working on the next book, which I think is a good start on just that sort of catalog of books.

So maybe your dreams never come true the way you dreamed them. That’s OK, because if they motivate you to get going, they still come true in one way or another.

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To Pen Name, or Not To Pen Name?

Okay, here’s a question for all of you reading this…

If you’ve seen on my comments, my last name is somewhat unusual. It’s spelled Fernau, but pronounced “fern-O.” It’s Americanized French, which accounts for the confusion.

I’ve pondered using the original French spelling, Ferneaux, as a pen name, but I’m really not sure about it yet. It would be easier for people to pronounce on first sight, but I dunno if that’s a good enough reason to use it.

I’ve also considered completely tossing my last name and using something else, but I’m not sure what.

So, here’s where my readers come in… write in a comment which spelling you prefer, and why. If you prefer a completely different name, why? No fair suggesting your own last name, by the way.

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What To Write About When I Don’t Feel Like Writing…

The cold is hanging on, and I’m still fuzzy. I feel guilty, because the book is languishing, but I have this sneaking suspicion that anything I write when I feel like this is going to have to be redone, so it doesn’t seem to be a winning proposition to write right now.

It’s not writer’s block, because I have ideas, and I know what I want to do next with the book… it’s just feeling like my head is full of cotton wool that keeps me from diving in and getting it done.

I’ll get past it eventually, I hope.

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