Monday Musing: NaNo

Like Hurricane Sandy, NaNoWriMo is bearing down on us. As I mentioned Friday, I’m still not certain if I’m participating this year, though I have checked out my regional forums in NaNoland. There’s a lot of NaNo chatter out there right now, so I  thought I’d share a few thoughts on my own experiences with […]

The Week That Was

This was a funny week for me here at the Doubting Writer. For the first time in a while, I didn’t do a whole lot of actual writing. I put the finishing touches on Barton’s Womenlast week and, gasp!, turned it over to my wife on Saturday. When I was not out of the house […]

Author Interview: Nancy S. Thompson

Today I have the pleasure of a Doubting Writer first: an honest-to-God Author Interview! Nancy S. Thompson officially made the jump from ‘aspiring writer’ to ‘published author’ last week when her thriller, TheMistaken (Sapphire Star Publishing), hit the streets.  “Obsessed with revenge following the violent death of his pregnant wife, Tyler Karras pledges the woman […]

The Same Old Ground

Running over the same old groundWhat have we found?Same old fears — Roger Waters By the time this day is over, I should be *finished* with Barton’s Women. And of course, by *finished* I mean  I’m “in the time between this rewrite and the next.” I stopped 18 pages short of the end yesterday, wrung […]

The Mistaken Launches!

I’m making a rare break with my usual Monday-Friday post schedule to trumpet the release Nancy S. Thompson’s debut, The Mistaken! Big congratulations to Nancy! I had the pleasure of reading an earlier draft of the novel. It’s a gripping story of a man and a woman in a rather difficult situation (which is putting […]

The Voice

The high school had a fundraiser Friday night, a musical event in the school auditorium. In the course of some 2-1/2 hours, a number of acts, including students and teachers, performed a variety of mostly rock-based songs (perhaps the oddest moment was listening to the school’s bandleader sing Stacy’s Mom Has Got It Going On). […]

Too Tense!

‘A man walked up to me and said, “I’m a wigwam! I’m a teepee! I’m a wigwam! I’m a teepee!” I said, “Relax, you’re two tents.”‘ That’s a really bad joke. I’m too tense today. On Monday I foolishly said I was going to write something about tense. On Wednesday I tried to put some […]

Musical Monday: Bottom of the World

Back in August we passed through New York City on our way to and from vacation. After getting my dose of New York sports radio (“Joey from Brooklyn is on the line; what’s up, Joey?” “Hey, how you doin’, Mike?” in glorious Sopranos-style accents) I found New York radio stations to be every bit as […]

An Old Question Revisited

In my second-ever blog post, I asked Is it Always Going to Be Like This? I was talking about the sinking feeling that comes when you read your work: the sensation that it’s not good enough, that it’s not as good as you thought when you wrote it. The cringing at every page, the thinking, […]

Trailer: The Mistaken

The ‘O’ side of my family is known for being late; it goes with the name. God willing, I will be late for my own funeral (if you’re going to be late for anything, that’s at least a good thing to be late for). And I’m a little late with this one, because the big […]