My best friend that I've known since junior high drove down last week from Minnesota and spent most of the week here. I did, however, manage to continue working on Trust But Verify since I got up early and they did not get to the house each day until around 11:00. I've broken through the writer's block by altering a significant fact that plays an important part in the book. Prior to the change, I would have had to come up with 6 to 8 months of things to occupy the crew of the ship while repairs were underway. I made a minor change by saying the ship carried a spare which allowed me to greatly reduce the repair time and focus on the main story. I had to go all the way back to page 40 to make the change and then alter several references to the repair throughout. I have no idea how people wrote books before computers!
On another note - we had our monthly writer's group meeting at the Barnes & Noble in Mentor and I actually brought one of my chapters to read. Normally, I don't because the way I write means I have a work in progress that is not really fit to be read by anyone else. But, I was confident that this particular chapter was close and I brought it. The group had some good feedback such as change the name of the ship. The ship is currently named "Star-Pulse". They suggested changing it to the name of a famous person or a city - something more along the lines of how ships today are named. I agree and will be changing the name.
Two more interesting items before I close this blog entry. Number one - I've sole a total of 62 books as of today on Amazon. I couldn't be happier! Not for the money, but for the fact that my books seem to be selling quite well. It give me encouragement to write more. I only wish more of the purchases were from the US. Most are from the UK which strikes me as very odd. Second, I asked if anyone was reading my blog - guess the answer is yes. Frank Hall (fellow Perry Nuclear employee) recommending I use the blog as a sort of sounding board to get the writing juices flowing. I might just give that a try even though I do most of my plot planning either in the shower or while I'm trying to go to sleep. I usually wake up with a completed plot - the unconscious mind is a wonderful thing and I take advantage of it every chance I get.
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