Recharged and Ready for a Creative 2014!

Whether it was noticeable to you or not, I took 2013 off from writing and creative projects…almost completely. An entire year passed without me really focusing on anything in the creative realm. Sure, I’d participated in some local chapter meetings and open readings, attended the FWA conference, published a special … Continue reading

Introducing “The Author’s Cut”

What is an Author’s Cut, you ask? Well, at the time I sat down to write this post, I had thought it was my own creative term, representing a concept no publisher would’ve come up with in a billion years. Then, realizing there a few original ideas, I Googled “Author’s … Continue reading

The Twelve Year Novel Revisited

This past summer, I went into great detail on my blog site about my long unfinished novel, Such a Dreamer, and the journey and reasons why—after twelve years since its inception—I had still not completed it. If you didn’t get to read this three part series, which will give you … Continue reading

Once There Was a War…and a Literary Genius (a book review, of sorts)

I recently finished reading Once There Was a War by John Steinbeck. As an author, I always find it helpful and refreshing to visit the classics on occasion to appreciate the great literary voices of the past. Steinbeck is one of my personal favorites. He wrote in a simple, straight-forward … Continue reading

The Twelve Year Novel, Part 3 (the final part)

In case you had missed the previous parts, they can be read here: Part 1   Part 2 In the fall of 2007, I was invited to join a novel critique group hosted by local author, Sandra McDonald, who is well-known and respected in the fantasy and sci-fi genres. She’s also … Continue reading

The Twelve Year Novel, Part 2

Thanks to those of you who have left comments or given me feedback about Part 1 of The Twelve Year Novel, and if you missed it, you can view it here. During those years when I shelved Such A Dreamer, I took an important step that would ultimately help me … Continue reading

The Twelve Year Novel

I’m sure all you writers out there have heard about methods to write the first draft of a novel in 60 days or 90 days, but in 12 years?! Come on, Jeff, what the heck are you talking about?? Okay, let me clarify: this is not a process or method … Continue reading

All Work and No Play Makes Jeff a Dull Writer

Yes, for the better part of 2012, I’ve been doing nothing but work. My writing has been shoved to the backburner; a backburner that’s not even capable of producing a low heat. And my muse is on life support. His frail frame is propped in a hospital bed, being fed … Continue reading

Finally Able to Write About 9/11

Just over ten years ago, my father and I were discussing various issues with American politics and society over coffee after a Sunday morning breakfast my mother had prepared at their South Florida condo. We talked about how Americans in general seemed to be acting rude and inappropriate to each other. … Continue reading

Music to Write to

When I first began to write creatively in the mid 90’s, it took a lot for me to focus on the images, characters, and scenes in my mind, and how I was going to somehow translate them into the written—or typed—word. I would sit in my apartment in absolute silence. … Continue reading