Improving as a writer? Or getting worse? Sometimes it’s hard to tell.

Writing my latest novel, I hit 123k words this morning. My first thought was that I’m improving my skills as a writer since I have so much more to say now. My second thought is that my skills are declining as I can no longer say what I want in a succinct fashion.

To be fair, this novel is a new genre for me and a topic that is very close to my heart, so it makes sense that I’d have more to say. Unfortunately, that means that I will have a lot of text to cut…which will be more painful in this novel than any other I’ve written.

So am I evolving or devolving as a writer? I guess time…and publication will tell.


My Father died this morning. Pale, hardly breathing, unaware of my presence. Because i wasn’t there.   When i held His hand last night, As He slept, Memories of half a lifetime flooded me. Baseball. Glasses of scotch and leather belts. Teachings and beatings, frequently confused. Him Finding Religion, lost to me. Half of His Lifetime. […]

I mean, seriously…is there anything better in the entire world than kittens? Their playful curiosity, unabashed enthusiasm, and overload of cuteness. What could possibly be better? Yesterday, we stopped at the pet store to pick up a new fish for my son. We walked out of the store 2 hours later with a fish…and two […]

Full Disclosure: I’ve never been a big Stephen King fan. I’ve only read a few of his books, but I had never liked them enough to pick up other titles by him. My sister, on the other hand, is an avid SK fan. She boasts that she has read every single book he’s written…which is […]

I sold my books at Planet Comicon this past weekend and it was a great show! Fortunately, they doubled the amount of space for the show so the Saturday rush didn’t feel as claustrophobic as last year. I met a bunch of cool people and new friends that I look forward to seeing again. (You […]

Note: The following is a guest essay that I am posting here on behalf of the writer who goes by the pseudonym, “j.s.” Please feel free to comment directly to the story as j.s. will be reviewing any comments, suggestions, etc. If this is well-received, I may post additional essays that j.s. may provide.   –david   […]

I was at Comicon in Kansas City this past weekend and it was great! By far the best con I’ve been at. They moved to Bartle Hall with about twice as much space in order to alleviate the crowding they’ve experienced in past years in a smaller venue. It didn’t work. The place was absolutely […]

Bibliognome posted a short review of The Happiness Equation. It had a couple of good things to say, but I wish there had been a bit more to it. That being said, it makes you feel good when someone asks of your work, “What the hell prompted someone to come up with these scenarios?”  😉 […]