The Journal: Cave Creek and Update on Cycling

In today’s Journal * Quotes of the Day * Cave Creek Kickstarter * Street Team update * Kevin Tumlinson * Topic: Update on Cycling * Today * Of Interest * The Numbers Quotes of the Day “‘No one will like this.’ ‘It’s not funny enough.’ ‘It’s too short.’ ‘It’s too long.’ [These] are projections into the future, which don’t actually exist because no one has read your book yet. Write your book, put it out there, and then don’t dwell in the past worrying about whether the book is good enough. Keep in the present and write that next sentence.” … Read more

The Daily Journal, Wednesday, June 19

In today’s Journal * A cover reveal and camping along the Gila * A word about Affinity Publisher * Daily diary * Of Interest * The numbers Well, to be honest, I was annoying myself with attempting to remember to post a new picture each day. I know, I know. A lot of people read blogs for the pictures. But this is a blog about writing. So to me, it should focus more on, you know, writing. That being said, here’s a cover reveal for you. This will be the cover of my previous novel. To see a larger pic, … Read more

The Daily Journal, Wednesday, June 5

In today’s Journal * Quotes of the Day * Thanks * Topic: A Review of PublishDrive… * Daily diary * Of Interest * The numbers Quotes of the Day “The breath of disappointment is drawn from the air of expectation.” Michael Grant in The Black Book Investigation Series by Robert J. Sadler “Sometimes things just don’t line up right. That’s why they make tomorrows.” Wes Crowley in the Wes Crowley saga *** Thanks to those of you who have downloaded the 10-novel Wes Crowley saga from Smashwords. If you haven’t jumped aboard yet, there’s still time. Visit and during … Read more

The Daily Journal, Wednesday, May 22

In today’s Journal * Subscriptions to the Journal * In light of that * Topic: How to Quiet the Critical Voice (Chapter 4) * Daily diary * Of Interest * The numbers Subscriptions to the Journal might be changing soon. The thing is, I’m not some big marketing master. I’m just a writer who wants to share my experiences with other writers. Via Linda Mae Adams, see David Gaughran’s “Time To Ditch Mailchimp?” at I’ve been aware of this for a week or so and have read MailChimp’s new Terms of Use. If you don’t personally use MailChimp, no … Read more

The Daily Journal, Wednesday, April 17

In today’s Journal ▪ A great day ▪ There’s a great writing-book bundle ▪ Thoughts on Realizations and Legacies ▪ Daily diary ▪ Of Interest ▪ The numbers I had a great day yesterday in Sierra Vista. I bought some new jeans that are actually blue, don’t have frayed cuffs and aren’t falling off me. (grin) I also bought a few items to outfit my 4Runner for upcoming camping trips, got a haircut, and bought some other stuff. Topped it off with a visit to my favorite burger joint. It was a necessary trip, but if I’d tried to write … Read more

The Daily Journal, Wednesday, January 23

Hey Folks, NOTE: You’ll get this one late by a couple of hours. Tomorrow it will be back at its normal time. Rolled out at 3 this morning after a good night’s sleep. To the Hovel shortly afterward where I visited some sites that are new to me and did the “Of Interest” thing. One of those new sites is of former traditionally published, now indie-published, romance writer Terry Odell. I didn’t find anything there today for “Of Interest” but that doesn’t mean you won’t find something there that rings your personal bell. Check it out at Or go … Read more

The Journal, Saturday, January 5

Hey Folks, A long post this morning, so consider yourself warned. (grin) This morning, writer Mark Alpert over at the Kill Zone blog titled his post “Five Ways to Become a Happier Writer.” All well and good. I thought I was in for a real treat. Uh, no. The more I read, the more depressed I became. The five points he laid out are valid. But the stuff he wrote below them, for the most part, was “not to my taste,” as Dean says. (grin) Now, I’m aware all writers are different. But frankly, Mark’s post left me wondering why … Read more

The Journal, Friday, December 28

Hey Folks, Merry Second Christmas to me. My excellent first reader returned her input on Situation Solved this morning. (huge grin) So it will release on February 15 as scheduled. Thanks, Alison! Alison Naomi Holt is an accomplished writer and screenwriter in her own right (see She is also a personal friend. A retired detective from the Tucson PD, Alison writes the Alex Wolfe mysteries (four books so far) as well as epic fantasy and psychological suspense. I particularly enjoy her Alex Wolfe mysteries, and you can get the first one (Credo’s Hope) FREE just by signing up for … Read more