Obligatory First Post

So this is my new website.  I thought I’d set out what I’m hoping to do here, so that I stay focused and on topic.  And when I write down rules, I’m a lot more likely to follow them.  Maybe that’s just my lawyer brain.

The goal is to post frequent updates.  What do I mean by frequent?  I like blogs best when they update at least once a week.  I’d like to shoot for twice a week.  I don’t make any promises about length.  In fact, I intend to limit myself to devoting no more than 15 minutes to a single post.  The goal is for the blog to keep me motivated and excited about writing, not for it to take over my life and use up all of my useful writing time.

My life is pretty jam packed with work and family and volunteering and writing and gaming.  So I’ve been asking myself, why add a blog on top of that?  Here’s my answer in a simple syllogism: Thinking about the process of writing keeps me motivated to write; writing about things makes me think about them; therefore, writing about my process of writing will keep me motivated to continue writing.

Besides, I like the idea of accountability, even if I’m only accountable to myself (and my writing group).  I’ll post later about how valuable my writing group has been to me.

So here’s where I’m at with writing.  I have a couple completed short stories and a few in various states of not-yet-ready-to-sell.  I’ve put those in my Works in Progress page.  I’m also about half way through chapter 13 on my novel.  I’ve almost hit my 15 minutes and I’m sure to spend more time writing about that later… a lot more time… so I’ll leave it at that.

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