It’s here! The interview you’ve all been waiting for. A world exclusive. Take a listen to the conversation I had with Michael Phillips (A.K.A. mjp) on THIS IS NOT A TEST, now available for download or streaming.
It’s coming up on a month since I finished the book now. I’ve had to make a number of tweaks, little additions, corrections, and a few date changes. Continue reading “Day 26, A.D.”
Oops. I forgot to write something on this blog to make an official announcement yesterday. Maybe I didn’t do it because my last blog post sort of said so, but it’s done! I’m finished! The book I’ve been trying to write all this time is complete. Continue reading “Oops, Finito!”
What in the world is happening with this goddamned book?
I said somewhere that I would ‘splain myself–that I would share what was happening, what went wrong, my plans and future steps about the manuscript. I know a lot of eye-rolling is coming my way, but I can’t concern myself with that. The book will be done when it’s done.
If I could do it all over again, how would I arrange my steps? With what I know now, and if I could clone myself to lead me through this endeavor, how would I’ve gone about it?
Late Friday afternoon, I finished my book, Shrapnel in the San Fernando Valley. I could say it was nearly a lifetime of work, but I certainly did not work on it full time. However, I will tell you when and how it all began, because I just did a search on how far back the files went and surprised myself.
You’re not going to believe it, and I can hardly believe it, but guess what will be done by Friday? I mean it this time. I don’t mean another step will be done in the process of being done. I mean done and submitted to publishers done. I mean, as soon as I get a Query Letter, that is. Right now I’m 88% there.
No, this is not the story about the single set of footsteps of Jesus carrying me on the beach. That’s what I think of whenever I see that something is entitled “Footsteps.”
This is about following over your own footsteps in editing, going over another pass through a chapter, section, or a whole manuscript you’ve been working on time and time again. Polishing, refinishing, and all that. Of course, there does need to be some kind of “scratch track” there first before you can really start going over those initial footsteps.
Looking back again, in the spring of 2012, I was contemplating a few different titles. I knew deep in my heart I wanted Shrapnel, but I had “Blast” and “Invisible Ink” as possibilities too. What was most interesting though was that I stated,