Posted in Becoming a Writer, Getting to know the author, Non-Fiction, The Writer

Making Progress

I am making slow, yet steady progress back into a writing habit.  I can honestly say that I hadn’t entirely given up my writing practice.  During my break, I did still write an occasional journal entry and too many college papers.  However, the goal is getting back to writing for fun and publication.

So, during the past week, I decided to make a few little changes to my daily routine.  I had been spending my lunch hours reading or relaxing.  Now, I have started using my lunch hours not only to relax, but to write and brainstorm.  So far, my lunch sessions have been fairly successful.

The first day I focused on writing, I finally solved the mystery of who killed Malcolm’s wife Anabelle.  I know the who did it, how it happened, and why she was killed.  The only problem that remains is how does Malcolm find out…

I have also discovered or rather re-discovered that when coming back from a break and not knowing where to start, it’s best to have a pad of paper and a pen handy.  Handwriting my ideas allows for less distractions than typing and a slower process that allows my thoughts to fully form as I’m writing.

Yesterday, for the first time in quite some time, I actually sat down and wrote something that will eventually be for publication.  I started working on the introduction to my next non-fiction book.  I have not decided if it will be another photo book or not, but the working title is Finding Peace in a Time of Change.  I am not anticipating it to be ready until the end of the year at the earliest, but more than likely beginning of next year.  I also started a scene featuring Malcolm Stone, yes, I’m slowly making my way back to the series.

It’s interesting to me, how each project we learn to write all over again at times rediscovering an already known remedy to problems or finding a different way to do something.  Perhaps, that is what draws me towards writing – each adventure is different, yet the same.


Posted in Marketing, Non-Fiction, Photography, The Writer

The Sun Rises

This past December, I quietly published The Sun Rises: Using Nature as a Foundation for  Happy Living, my first non-fiction book.  The idea came to me after several people had commented on how inspiring my photos and messages were.  So, I decided to make a photo book of inspiration.

At first, the it seemed impossible to write.  I picked out images I liked, enjoyed, or found inspiring myself, but I just couldn’t come up with anything to say about those images that didn’t seem ridiculous.  To conquer this writing problem, I started writing in journal style why I wanted to write the book and what was holding me back.  I discovered my biggest issue was I didn’t feel inspiring or knowledgeable enough to write the book.

After that realization, I decided to change the premise of the book and make it about what I do maintain my positive attitude including meditations, thought exercises, my inner thoughts and photography.  Once I got over my fears, by rethinking the project and making it manageable, it became a very enjoyable book to write.  I wrote most of the book in journal form while I was outside daydreaming. I am looking forward to writing my next short non-fiction this year.  I’m still in the brainstorming the theme for the next book, but I will start working on it soon.

Please check out the video Zee Southcombe posted on YouTube about the book (below) and her posts.  The Sun Rises is currently only available in print, I hope to have a digital version available by late spring.  You can purchase a The Sun Rises from Amazon for $13.00  or on the Store page on this website for $12.00.



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