Jeff O'Handley, Author

Jeff O'Handley

The Doubting Writer Finds His Voice

Monday Musing: A Change In Style

Be warned, this is a top-of-my-head post, so it may end up not making any sense. I know where I’m starting, but I’m really not sure where it’s going to end up, or how it’s going to get there. There’s a woman in my writers’ group who is legendary among us for two things: first, […]

Monday Morning This and That

-I continue to do battle with Windows. Each night, my computer automatically installs that one critical update that borks my fonts; each morning, I uninstall it. Hey, Microsoft, I want this update! I believe in your updates! Just give me one that doesn’t make my documents an unreadable mess–I’ve got that part taken care of! […]

Monday? Monday.

Wow, here it is, Monday already and I feel like I just did this. That’s what happens when you get off schedule, I guess. This will be one of those disorganized posts, random collections of musings and all that sort of stuff. -I’m need of more coffee right about now. -Was back at my writing […]

Monday Musing: A Quote

Last night, I found myself reading an old interview with John Irving (The World According to Garp, In One Person, and one of my all-time favorite books, A Prayer for Owen Meany), and he had this to say: “Writing a novel is actually searching for victims. As I write I keep searching for casualties. The […]

Monday Musing

Thus ends Hell Week, with a three-hour car ride ahead of me to visit folks we haven’t seen in some time, which will be nice, except for the expected rain. When I return, the crowds that packed the area for the baseball Hall of Fame’s induction weekend should have subsided–it was pretty crazy, let me […]

Monday Musing: It’s a Number

People love anniversaries and birthdays and milestones. We also attach special significance to certain numbers: 1–first anniversary, first birthday, one year in business. 10 because, well, 10! For that matter, anything that ends in a zero or a five. And of course, the quarters: 25, 75, and the real biggies: 50. 100. We really get […]

Monday Musing: Penultimates

Spring is supposed to be the time of  beginning, a time of newness, yet I find myself looking at lasts. Last week, for example, the Catbird performed in the high school’s spring concert, which is the last official performance for that group for the year. Both band and chorus directors acknowledged the seniors in their […]

A Weekend Conversation

On Saturday I ran into one of the Magpie’s friend, the Robin, who is freshly-returned from college for the summer. While talking about school (the curse of every returning college student is they get stuck talking about the same thing whenever they run into any adult they know–when’d ya get back, how did it go, […]

Monday Musing

I’m afraid I’m not good for much today. Over the last two weeks or so, I’ve had a sore throat that finally went away toward the end of last week. On Saturday, the organization I work for sponsored a major public event (it went quite well), but by the end of it, my throat was […]

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.’ […]