Monday Musing: Fresh Eyes

While every writer has their own particular process they follow, one finds almost universal* agreement on one thing: It’s good to put your manuscript aside after finishing that first draft, let it stew for a bit, and come back to it 6 or 8 weeks or so later and read it again with ‘fresh eyes.’ […]

Blathering On

So, Winter’s Regret has been out for a few weeks now. Hopefully, you bought it, read it, and liked it. Hopefully, you liked my story, “An Unexpected Reunion.” Being somewhat brain dead this week, I thought I’d share a little about how that story came about. I don’t think there will be any great revelations […]

Your Questions–Answered!

Thank you all for the nice comments and kindly wishes last week. I do appreciate it. I’m no closer to finishing that post I alluded to on Friday, and the longer I go without finishing it, the less likely it is to get done. But maybe that’s a good thing, because it was conceived largely […]

Question Time

Weather update: we’ve had several days of above freezing temperatures, plus some actual rain! More important, this week I saw my first turkey vultures and red-winged blackbirds (both on the same day) of the season. The calendar says spring, and now the animals are starting to agree. Yes, I’ve been a bit obsessive about the […]

On Rushing

Back in the long ago, shortly after I started this blog, I made a vow: I wouldn’t be that guy. You know the type—the one that, after he gets the agent, is constantly playing The Agent card. Kind of like this: I haven’t had an agent very long, and I’ve done fairly well, so far, […]

Blood Will Out

While driving home Monday afternoon, I heard an interview on NPR’s ‘Fresh Air’ that was so compelling to me that I had to seek it out later in the evening and listen to it (I had to make a couple of stops on the way home, so missed parts of it). It intrigued me so […]

Spritzy Spritz

Did you all see this? By now, you probably have, but in case you haven’t yet, check out this little article here. Go ahead, I’ll still be here when you get back. So, what did you think? At 250 words per minute, I did pretty well. I was aware of a dropped word here […]

Here At Last

The calendar may say it’s March, but at The Doubting Writer, winter is still going strong! That’s right, folks, though St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, we have ten below zero this morning! What else? Frozen lakes! Ice dams! Snow in the forecast! Our heating bills are insane! Whew. Sorry, I just found […]


While writing this weekend I listened to One From the Vault, a commercial release of a Grateful Dead concert from August, 1975. The show was notable in part because it was one of only two times the band played Bob Weir’s short instrumental, Sage & Spirit: Sage and Spirit by Grateful Dead on Grooveshark Sage […]