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Our April author interviews: Perennial author Susan Wittig Albert--4/5, Sasscer Hill, horse racing insider--4/12, English historical, cozy author, TE Kinsey--4/19, Debut author, Susan Bickford--4/26.

Saturday Guest Bloggers in April: Heather Baker Weidner (4/1), Christina Hoag (4/8), Susan Boles (4/29). WWK Saturday bloggers write on 4/15--Margaret S. Hamilton and on 4/22--Kait Carson.

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Warren Bull's new Lincoln mystery, Abraham Lincoln In Court & Campaign has been released. Look for the Kindle version on February 3.

Shari Randall's "Pets" will be included in Chesapeake Crimes: Fur, Feathers, and Felonies anthology, which will be published in 2018. In the same anthology "Rasputin," KM Rockwood's short story, will also be published. Her short story "Goldie" will be published in the Busted anthology, which will be released by Level Best Books on April 25th. In addition, our prolific KM will have the following shorts published as well: "Sight Unseen" in Fish Out of Water, Guppie (SinC) anthology, just released, and "Making Tracks" in Passport to Murder, Bouchercon anthology, October 2017.

Margaret S. Hamilton's short story, "Once a Kappa" was published as a finalist in the Southern Writer's Magazine annual short story contest issue. Mysterical-E published her "Double Crust Corpse" in the Fall 2016 issue. "Baby Killer" will appear in the 2017 solar eclipse anthology Day of the Dark to be published this summer prior to the eclipse in August.

Linda Rodriquez has two pending book publications. Plotting the Character-Driven Novel will be released by Scapegoat Press on November 29th. Every Family Doubt, the fourth Skeet Bannion mystery, is scheduled for release on June, 13, 2017. Look for E. B. Davis's interview with Linda here in June!

Cross Genre Publications anthology, Hidden Youth, will contain Warren Bull's "The Girl, The Devil, and The Coal Mine." The anthology will be released in late November 2016. The We've Been Trumped anthology released by Dark House Press on September 28th contains Warren Bull's "The Wall" short story and KM Rockwood's "A Phone Call to the White House." KM writes under the name Pat Anne Sirs for this volume.

James M. Jackson's 4th book in the Seamus McCree series, Doubtful Relations, is now available. His novella "Low Tide at Tybee" appears February 7 as part of Lowcountry Crimes: Four Novellas, which is available for order.


Sunday, June 30, 2013

Time Flies When You’re Having Fun

I’ve spent this entire week improving CABIN FEVER based on the first-round edits, comments and suggestions from my editor. I’ve known for some time that I enjoy editing my manuscripts, and this week provided further evidence.

Before receiving the communication from my editor, I had been working on the first draft of my next Seamus McCree novel, producing about 47,500 words. To accomplish that, I set daily goals. Some days the goal was to write at least 1,000 words; other days it was to spend a minimum two hours writing. I’m a pantser, so first drafts come slowly for me—especially the first half of a novel when I spend a lot of time thinking about where the characters want to take the story. As I get closer to the end, my writing quickens because I have a better feel for the characters and plot.

The week before this one I took a short break from writing to participate in a bridge tournament. My plan was to return home late Thursday night. On the way home, I ran over some road debris and got a flat tire. At ten o’clock at night in the sparsely populated area north of Green Bay, Wisconsin there are not a lot of places to get a tire fixed. I chose to stop in the next decent sized town, Crivitz, and spend the night so I could get the tire repaired in the morning rather than try traveling a hundred rainy miles on a donut.

Greeting my delayed arrival home was an email with the editor’s comments on CABIN FEVER. The next day I spent eight hours editing. Each following day, with the exception of the day I had to go into town for various reasons, I spent at least eight hours on the work.

I put off weeding the wildflower garden of maple trees and thistle. I put off exercise. I put off reading. I put off long walks in the woods. I put off writing this blog. I focused on the manuscript until I became physically tired and knew I could no longer give my best efforts. Only then did I move to other activities. Time flew while I was working.

This time flying is a key to finding those things we really enjoy. It’s common wisdom, caught in the expression “Time Flies When You’re Having Fun.” Yet, it is wisdom I often forget, and so I treasure this opportunity to recall it again.

What are the activities that cause you to wonder where the time went?

~ Jim

PS - The illustration is the mock-up of the cover I suggested to the publisher. Let me know what you think of it.


E. B. Davis said...

I love to be engrossed in writing a story, scene or chapter. Time passes without my being aware of it. The only other activity that comes close is being on the beach. My husband and I have been known to start the day at the beach at 6 a.m. and finish around 6-7 p.m. I wish I could write for as long, but I have to admit that after five or six hours, I'm mentally exhausted after writing--but that's a good thing.

Carla Damron said...

I know what you mean! I've had huge chunks of time disappear when I'm sucked into my writing!

Gloria Alden said...

Like you, Jim, I'm a pantser and have trouble getting going on the first part even though I know the plot and who did the dire deed, but as I progress I do better. I also like to edit. Every time I reread my work I make changes. I think this could go on forever, However, I could never stare at a computer screen for so many hours without a terrific headache so I break up my writing time with things like weeding in gardening season or a little cleaning or reading in the winter.

Shari Randall said...

It's a great feeling to get so deeply into a story. I also love the editing phase - sometimes I think I like editing more than writing....
Cool cover! Did you get to choose?

Paula Gail Benson said...

Jim, I love the cover, too. The writing can be invigorating, but meeting the challenge of editing, and accomplishing it, can give you the most incredibly satisfying feeling. Congratulations, Jim. Excelsior!

Warren Bull said...

Athletes like writers can get into the groove where everything gets easier and time passes quickly. Sometimes a really interesting conversation or class when I am learning can go as quickly as the times when writing flows.

James Montgomery Jackson said...

So the writers seem to agree that they can get lost in the work and that's a good thing.

How about the readers?

As to the cover: This was my mock-up suggestion for the publisher. No decisions have been made, I'm just interested in what people think about it. If people love it, I can push and if they are just so-so, I can tuck it into my ever-increasing folder of things I've tried unsuccessfully to do!

~ Jim

Kaye George said...

I can't get lost in editing, but I can in first draft. That's my Nirvana. I don't think I could do that for 8 hours, though. OK, I know I couldn't!