A Quick Book Launch Note…

…as you heard, I have a book coming out.

I’ll be doing the first “launch” post for the book The Holy Fool: A Journalist’s Revolt at around noon Central Standard Time Saturday, January 19. Be there or be square, as they said in my parents’ youth.

There will probably be at least one, maybe two, slightly related posts from the mother blog going out a little later that day, too. In addition, there will be a new page on the blog dedicated to the book (and space for new future projects.

Hope I see you there.




Writing Journal 1.13.2019: The usual numbers and an announcement…

So, wow. Things are starting to happen/already happening.

First thing’s first – for the first time in a long time, I have made my daily quota every day this week. The numbers, as always:

+494 words written.

Days writing: 1 of 7.

Days revising: 7 of 7 for 240 total minutes.

Daily Writing Goals Met (500+ words or 30 minutes of revisions): 7 of 7 days.

The numbers are not the biggest I’ve ever had, but I do like the consistency.

That’s cool and all, but I’ve got something else to let you know about. Something that I have been hoping for, openly wishing and fantasizing for, pretty much ever since I started this blog 18 months ago. And now, the moment is just about here.


I signed that book contract I was hinting about for a while.


On Saturday, January 14, I will be making an official launch post for my book, The Holy Fool: A Journalist’s Revolt. It will have:

  • A full synopsis for the book.
  • Info on the publisher I’m working with.
  • Most importantly, links to where you will be able to get the book, which is coming out in paperback. It will be available in paperback immediately and in e-book version sometime afterward.

Of course, as time goes on, I will be promoting the heck out of the book as time goes on. I will be setting up a permanent page on the blog to house links and info for that book and books to come. That will get rolled out on Saturday, as well. Word will also be out on my Facebook and Twitter writing bases, and I will also announce a couple of new additions to my online world as well.

SO, there is that news. Stay tuned for Saturday.

Wow, anything for an encore? Here’s a couple of items.

  • When not promoting the new project, I’ll still be revising some stuff. The current work in progress is still on the revising block. I have something of an ego wish to see if I can shave a few more excess words on that book and get it under 85,000 words.
  • For varied reasons, I wanted to take a look at the second manuscript I ever wrote – you remember I talked about that a while back, right? Probably not. Anyway, a quick review of it made a couple of things apparent to me.
    • A lot of the book is garbage.
    • But not all of it.
    • It’s pretty short – maybe half the size of my current WIP. If I can do some major league revising surgery on it, I think I would have a nice quick book that I might be able to put out with not as much difficulty as a full start-up project.
  • As for other projects, maybe I need to do a roundup of that sometime later. There are a few different “lanes” that I am pursuing with various levels of interest and time invested.

OK, that’s all I have for now. See you here Saturday.

Writing Journal 1.6.2018: Good start to 2019

Made some great use of my last bit of winter break, but I think that I’m back in the writing groove. The numbers:

+1,101 words written.

Days writing: 2 of 7.

Days revising: 6 of 7 for 615 total minutes.

Daily Writing Goals Met (500+ words or 30 minutes of revisions): 6 of 7 days.

Six out of seven days of quota-level activity is always good, considering how I lazed around this December.

As for what’s going on:

  • I am within a few days of signing a formal contract with the publishers I have been working with. I will give an announcement on that when it happens, but the rollout for the new book will likely come in stages. In addition to the publishers themselves, it will also be available on Amazon.
    My loving wife says that she would be willing to help me with a promotional campaign, and she actually has a bit of experience with that. It will be interesting having her help in this part of my author’s journey.
    I’ll likely have to add a wing onto the old blog and my Facebook page for the new items. Don’t worry; I’ll announce that when it happens.
  • I think this year will be more than a little bit of a promotional push. There’s a good writing community in Iowa and the Quad Cities, and I want to try to make the rounds and see what I can do to get my book out there.
  • Of course, what comes next will also be on my mind. I was very happy with the results of my latest revision to my current work in progress. I’ve managed to cut the manuscript down from 92,000-plus words to just under 87,000. Currently, I think my writing priorities will be:
    • Another revision to WIP #1. Main goal: to cut the size down to under 85,000 at least.
    • Decide which other WIP (call them A, B, and C) I want to concentrate on when not revising WIP #1. A is essentially a sequel (one of at least two in mind) for WIP #1, B is a period drama about a 1980’s-1990’s indie rock band, and C is an ultra secret project I’m not sure if I want to release, at least not right away. Right now, I am leaning toward B.
  • I have a feeling that my personal life will be much different by the time the next 18 months is up. My son will be graduating from high school this spring and my daughter will be graduating the spring after that. That will be it for the kids, and then it will be me and my wife, just like it was 20 years ago in some small apartment in eastern Iowa. I’ll be excited for both our adventures and the new adventures of our kids.

OK, enough for now. For all you writers out there, keep writing and keep supporting each other. We definitely need it.

Writing Journal, 11.11.2018: Still grinding

I’ve been… sort of busy, anyway? The totals:

+760 words written.

Days writing: 3 out of 7.

Days revising: 5 out of 7 for 300 total minutes.

Daily Writing Goals Met (500+ words or 30 minutes of revisions): 5 out of 7 days.

Some of that was an attempt at poetry after a couple of years hiatus. If I feel OK about it, I might share it later.


Update on The Holy Fool: I’m now reviewing another proof of the book – the next to last or last proof before final printing. I’m just making sure the previous edits went through and seeing if there’s any other issues that I missed. So far, I’ll only have about three notes. Once everything is in place, you’ll get all the details.

Once I send that in today, I’ll concentrate on revisions for my current WIP. I want to address the comments one of my beta readers gave me. After that, I want to give it at least one thorough proofreading edit before I consider shopping it around to anyone.

That’s the week. School has been going well but has been a grind as it inevitably becomes in the first part of November. More than a few people at my school, students and staff alike, are looking ahead toward the Thanksgiving break. Staying at home and working on revisions sounds pretty relaxing to me.

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This week I deleted my Facebook and Twitter apps from my phone. It’s turning into a experiment to see if it’s healthier for me mentally. I deleted them on Wednesday and my screen time app said my usage dipped 14 percent. We’ll see how long this lasts.


It’s a weird feeling writing this on the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. One of my great-grandparents served, but otherwise I don’t have a personal connection to it other than one of the most influential historical events ever, one that still shapes the world today. I would imagine that the people of those times experienced them with a mix of fascination, exhilaration, and horror. Given today’s world, I think I can relate.

Writing Journal 10.14.2018: Second round of final revisions ramping up

Hate to write and run, but… I’ve been busy with some stuff. Right now that involves the second round of proofing on my book. I want to get that wrapped up by tonight if at all possible.

Here’s the numbers, by the way – not quite as impressive as two weeks ago, but approaching that level:

+782 words written.

Days writing: 2 out of 7.

Days revising: 6 out of 7 for 365 total minutes.

Daily Writing Goals Met (500+ words or 30 minutes of revisions): 6 out of 7 days.

So, I’m going to leave it at that for now. Hope all of you writers out there have a great writing and revising week yourselves. (I need to say that more – but not all the time. 🙂 )


Writing Journal 9.30.2018: Success on the last week of the month and moving forward on my new book

Wow, I was really busy this week. For the first time in a long time, I met my daily writing goals every day this week. Here’s the numbers:

+2,464 words written.

Days writing: 2 out of 7.

Days revising: 7 out of 7 for 465 total minutes.

Daily Writing Goals Met (500+ words or 30 minutes of revisions): 7 out of 7 days.

[NOTE: Some of that word total includes publishing notes and other writing related to my projects, which I think should count toward my total in the end product.]

Much of this work is due to the revision/proofreading I’ve kept busy with; check here if you want all of the explanation/links to what has been happening.

It will be tough to keep up that pace for this week, even though I will have a short work week in store for me. Probably trying to get back on the revising horse for my WIP and deciding which project to move forward with on a rough draft.

Seriously, that’s all I have to talk about this week. I’m hoping to get a few more of those midweek posts I had planned before finished up. I’ll write more later; I promise.

Keeping busy

So, I was going to do the long writing thing… and I did… but something has been occupying my time for the past several days.

So, I’m putting it off for another week. Right now, I have to complete revisions/proofreading on my book, write out a lit of corrections, find a synopsis that might work for a back jacket blurb and throw together an author bio. Hopefully I can have it all completed before next week, although I’ll be pushing it.

Plus, I’ll likely have to look for something to post on the social media feeds for next month. (Well, it will get done.)

That’s it for now. Sometime Sunday I’ll give you the rundown on how the week went.

An Update re: Publishing

…and I’m going to have to delay the post I had in mind this week. It’s coming next week.

But… I decided now might be the time to break some news regarding that book that’s been in the publishing process. That book? I just got the proof copy back from my publisher this Tuesday.

Right now, I’m in the process of editing, reviewing the copy, making sure everything is ready to go. (I’ll count that work towards my revising totals, as I might be too occupied for other revisions for a bit.)

As soon as everything is in place, I’ll be releasing all details about the book, especially where you can get it. 🙂

My mood is cautiously excited and my daughter appears impressed, which always makes me happy. The whole family is happy for me, although this is new territory for them as well.

If I don’t celebrate being a published author before the year is out, I have a feeling it will come soon afterward. It’s a cool feeling, no matter how many people buy my book at this point.

I’ll get back in touch later.