Nanowrimo – an Update

So things got a bit disrupted with Remembrance Day (you’ll find out why later).

But today I plan to get back into the swing of things. I just need to get the story in mostly one place so that I can have some semblance of continuity.

In the meantime, I’ve stole this picture from my Uncle, my father was a paratrooper in the military back in the 60’s. I present a young Jim Wagner:


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Nanowrimo Day 8

What am I learning with Nanowrimo? That I hate trying to think about what my word count should be. That when I’m this nervous about a project, I need to outline everything. Given that I am planning a reasonably complex story, I need to have more things planned out in order to make sure that they fit together. Just like what I used to do when I was stuck on a piece back in school. I would outline everything until I found myself outlining each paragraph.

Another thing that I need to do is write the parts out that I have firm in my mind. I have scenes already beginning to unfold, I just need to write them down so that I can think about the harder scenes. Just like in a test. Write out all of the answers that you know right away and then fill in the blanks.

Have You Hugged Your Editor Today?


I realise that I take for granted the things my father taught me about writing and publishing. Growing up I knew that I wanted to draw cartoons and comics. My father nurtured that. With his background in journalism, he taught me things. Important things.

From a young age he drilled into my head that you need to have someone look at your work before you send it out into the world. If you can’t get someone else to do it, then you take at least a day and come back to it afterwards. But whatever you do. Proofread and edit your work!

I would ask him later on, what about spell check? Isn’t that enough? No, he’d reply. Spell check does not notice grammatical errors in your work. It also doesn’t see words that are used incorrectly in a sentence.

Years later, I work a day job as an Office Admin and I can tell you, spell check in Word doesn’t even always turn on when it’s clicked to on.  I’ve sent out a few invoices with typos that should have been caught but weren’t due to glitchy software. Which is why I save everything I am going to send out to draft and then quickly review it myself before I send it out.

If you are an aspiring writer, then my advice to you is:

  1. Take time away from your work after you’ve written it.
  2. Read your work once you’ve had at least a 24 break.
  3. Proofread.
  4. Edit.
  5. Then if you are able to, get another set of eyes on it. Anyone capable of reading who is willing to look at your work and correct you.

In this day and age, there is no excuse for badly edited work.


Nanowrimo Day 4

Okay. This week I’m feeling a bit deflated here. Yesterday was another day with no writing to be had. However, there was a book launch so I will grant that while I wasn’t working on the novel, I’m willing to bet I wrote quite a few words answering everyone’s questions at the book launch. The important thing is that I get back and start writing again. Today is a new day with new opportunities. Don’t worry about yesterday, just focus on today. Today I am going to hit my word count.

Railroad Rising Facebook Launch!

Everyone who reads this site is invited to attend the Railroad Rising Facebook Launch this evening from 7pm-9pm PST!


If you’ve never attended one of these events, let me explain how it works. This evening at anytime from 7pm-9pm, I will be logged on to Facebook and will be answering questions and chatting on the event page that has been lovingly created for us by Edge Publications. It’s very similar to chatting on a bulletin board or an IRC chat room. This is a really great way to show your support for the book and to get a chance to engage the authour…. or in this case the authour’s daughter. So stop by this evening for some good fun!

Nanowrimo Day 3

This will work out much better if I just keep updating the morning after. So everyone will receive my Nanowrimo updates the following morning. In this case, I unfortunately don’t have anything to update as I didn’t work on the novel yesterday.

Please be aware that, in addition to writing, I have other projects that I have to balance my time with. I’m still working on achieving that balance so bear with me. So when I say that I didn’t work on the novel, I was working on other projects which had a more immediate deadline.

Nanowrimo – Day 2

Sorry about the late post!

(Yes, this means that there will be at least two posts today)

Day 2 was not as productive as I would have liked it to be, aka I did not hit my work count.

A good part of that was because I was enjoying an online Facebook Launch Party put on by Edge Publications for fellow authour Jack Castle which introduced his latest book Bedlam Lost. We had a great time and I highly recommend attending these events if you get the chance. It is a unique way to be able to engage with your favourite writers.

In my mind it was time well spent. Speaking of Facebook Launch Parties…. Join myself and Edge Publications tomorrow night for Railroad Risings’ own launch party! Invite your friends too!

Nanowrimo – Day 1

So it’s that time of year again. Nanowrimo. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the event, during the month of November the challenge is to write 50,000 words within that month with the intent of having the first draft of a novel completed.

My reason for accepting the challenge is two-fold. One, I have no idea what my writing speed is, so I’d like to know how much I can write if I push myself. Two, I have a novel that I would like to get off to Edge Publications, the sequel to Railroad Rising to be precise. Each day I will give a quick update on my progress.

Wish me the best!