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“Lot’s Mountain” has received its first review and it’s a 5-star rating!

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When I was younger, I was heavily influenced by Stephen King, Edgar Allen Poe, Lord Byron, Dean R. Koontz (“Watchers”), and Clive Barker.  “The Haunting of Hill House” was one of my favorite books, along with “A Separate Peace.”

Writers out there … what authors influenced you most?  What’s your favorite book by another author?

Slaying the Beast that is Writer’s Block … Before it shows up


Hoping to squeak out some writing.  It’s always seems like when I have no time to write, I have a ton of ideas.  Let’s hope that when I actually find some time to write, I still have those ideas.  Those are perfect times for writer’s block to creep up.  Especially since I won’t be in my normal writing routine and writing times.  What helps me is making actual notes, so I have something already on paper when i actually sit down to write.

How about you?  Do you have a specific time that you write everyday?  When writer’s block rears its ugly head, what do you do?



When I was a kid, my father used to often say, “I hate like thunder that …”  I knew that that meant, “I really hate that …”

But thunder was a big deal to me.  As a child, i was often afraid of the loud storms that would roll over August County, where I grew up.  One time, during a particularly bad storm, he took me into his lap and leaned me back against him.

“Don’t worry, honey,” he said.  He tried to explain how thunder was just sound.  But I didn’t get it.  Thunder sounded like something really big and mean.  Then he tried again, “Honey, you hear that awfully loud sound?”

I nodded.

“Well, that’s nothin’ to be afraid of.  It’s just the water wagon rollin’ through heaven.  That old sound, it’s just its big ole wheels turnin’.”

It’s the same story I told each one of my kids when storms have hit here.  And just like then, it works every time.

16 pages left!


Woke up thinking about the novel.  Went to bed thinking about it.  Now, though, I know how to fix some of the things that were slightly off before.  Sleeping on it can make all the difference.

The main characters are charging forward, but there’s something waiting for them, more than they were expecting.

Writing Quota for the Day


Reworking Chapter 43.  After that, I’m going to keep going.  My goal is to get that chapter completely polished.

And I’m almost there.

After that, I want to go through a few more chapters.  I think I’ve corrected enough in earlier chapters that I can forge ahead to edit the end.



Father Stark from the novel, “Lott’s Mountain,” invites you to come on in for a spell.  Take a load off.  Things are changing.   Dark things are coming, but why fight them?  Everybody’s got a little darkness.  And a little darkness, well, sometimes, it’s not such a bad thing, right?

“You got to see it’s a time of change, of revelation, a time of lookin’ through that dark glass of truth.  Open up them eyes of yours and take a good long look.  That’s right, brother, stare into the dark through the window of your soul.  This ain’t no mirror.  Naw, this is the devil starin’ back, an’ he’s been a-waitin’ for you.”

Father Stark