20 Years Later, I Finally Completed My Book

It’s been so long since I last touched base about my book that I wouldn’t blame anyone for forgetting that I had written one in the first place. Well, long story short, writing is the easy part, editing is the hard part. Shocker.

I presented my Mom with the finalized manuscript on Mother’s day. She told me that when I was nine I informed her that I would write a book some day. It took me the better part of twenty years, Ma – sorry about the wait.

All my life I have been surrounded by the most kind, creative, and talented people imaginable. I hope this book brings them a fraction of the joy they have brought me.

Click here to find the book on Amazon. Currently, the book is only available on Kindle. The reason? Kindle allows authors to self-publish with an insanely convenient platform. Also, digital publishing allowed me to offer the book for only $0.99.  Want me to make printed copies? Want the book available in other digital formats? Let me know in the comments area.





Writing Inspiration : Bird By Bird

I actually found it difficult to title this series of posts I’m writing about the work’s that inspired me to finalize a book. You see, not only did the work’s I will mention inspire me, they also instructed me. I don’t know if this experience is mirrored by any other writers, but I know that I set about completing a novel feeling as though I had no idea what the hell I was doing, but quickly found that work’s, such as the one mentioned here, were able to help me realize that I knew precisely what I was doing all along; I just had to pull my head out of my ass and get to it.

It might be said that the voices that most resonate with us, those we can hear clearest, belong to the members of our family, and primarily, to our parents. I do not mean to insinuate that we immediately take whatever advice our parents offer us, usually we cast it aside as though it is nonsense, but I have found that the blunt and simple advice offered by my parents is perfectly sensible and practical even if I realize it in hindsight.

Bird by Bird written by Anne Lamott is delivered in the same knowing voice that parents so confidently use and children can not recognize. It is the voice that whispers ‘that’s not going to work’ while outwardly saying, ‘sure, try it that way’. Anne Lamott has written a fantastically relate-able and approachable text that bluntly and beautifully helps the budding writer to understand that in order to become a writer, you must write; simple as that. Lamott also daringly and deftly addresses the narcissist in us all immediately by declaring that her students will often ask her about how they should approach a publisher before they have even written one word on a page. In so many words, Lamont is able to persuade the reader into writing because they burn to do so, and that is the greatest lesson she could hope to teach us.

The book is also filled with suggested writing exercises and ideas and opinions related to how one can best structure a story or create complex character, but the message is printed in black and white; write.

First Printed Draft!

This is a photograph of my first printed draft of my novel. I did all of my own edits and drafts digitally, so I must admit that holding this physical copy was far more emotionally rewarding that I ever thought it would be.



I Wrote A Book!

Some time ago a man said to me, “under-promise and over-deliver.” Those were the  words that I constantly heard in my head as I finally began writing my own book.

To summarize as quickly as possible, I have wanted to write a book since I was 9 years old. I still vividly recall the first, less than a page long, short story that I wrote in the third grade. I recall it so vividly because I was certain it would propel me to stardom, never mind that I hadn’t bothered to publish it, write a second draft, edit for grammar etc… My point is, being a shade under 30 years old and having made no more attempts to write a novel since my third grade failure, I decided to knuckle down and write.

Starting January 1st,  2016, I made it my daily mission to put real effort into completing a novel of my own. I did not set out to write the great American novel, nor did I set out to write something famous, I set out to write a book. As of April 28th, 2016 I am happy to say that not only have I written a book, but I have now completed my second draft and will shortly be sending the book off to an editor for review.

I can say confidently that I had no idea how much work would go into writing the first and second draft’s of my novel, but I know damn well that my real work is just beginning. AS I am planning to self-publish the novel in various online platforms, I still have to create and finalize a cover image, secure a copyright, lay the groundwork for a small marketing campaign and so on…

The reason I wrote, and have always wanted to write, a book can be summarized in one word; inspiration. The movies, books, songs, and plays that have populated my imagination since childhood have woven a spell of inspiration in my mind that transcends enjoyment and calls for me to create. It may have taken me 30 years to discover how to respond to the calling, but, as they say, “better late than never.”

Check in through the coming weeks as I unveil my progress in finalizing the book.

Going “Up North” Again

For a birthday retreat, my wife and I were given permission to stay at a family members cabin in the north Michigan woods, a common occurrence for those of the mid-west. However, what made this journey something unique and special was the fact that my wife had not been to this cabin, one she had spent a great deal of time at during her youth, for over 14 years. Marinating on the impart of those years gone by I began to wonder, would her cherished memories line up with the reality of the present day? In other words, can one go “up north” again. Click the video to join us on the journey!

Hard Working Hand Warmers

When the mercury drops, you need something to elevate your spirits as well as your internal temperature. I humbly submit my suggestions:

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