A Writer’s Log – Post 7: Sticking with it

Number of words today: 0 Number of lifetime words: 2195000 Published Volume 15 of 2002 Lesser Known Tales. Spent the day proofreading it and designing a cover for it. The book is now under review with Amazon; should be available for purchase in a few hours. I’ve been thinking about yesterday’s post. Had a chat with […]

A Writer’s Log – Post 6: Fatigue

Number of words today: 6000 Number of lifetime words: 2195000 Two stories (1000 words) away from finishing Volume 15 of 2002 Lesser Known Tales. All going well, I should be publishing it tomorrow, and it should be ready for purchase the day after. (As a writer who got his break in traditional publishing, whose first book […]

A Writer’s Log – Post 5: Numbers

Number of words today: 5000 Number of lifetime words: 2189000 Good writing day, but the words took longer than they should, and consequently I am more tired than I should be. Kept interrupting myself every hour or so to check book sales. Roughly, this is what I did: Hit Refresh on the browser. Note the number […]

A Writer’s Log – Post 4: Infinity War

Writing . Number of words today: 1000 Number of lifetime words: 2184000 Was a light day writing-wise. I had to write a thousand words to stay on target with the deadline for Volume 15. After doing them, just couldn’t summon up the will power to keep going. Whoever said a task always expands to fit the […]

A Writer’s Log – Post 3: Rejection

Writing . Number of words today: 6000 Number of lifetime words: 2183000 Difficult day psychologically because it began with rejection. A publishing house that has published many of my previous novels just told me – after sitting for five months on a submission – that they were ‘making changes to our list right now, and unfortunately we […]

A Writer’s Log – Post 2: The Truth of an Affirmation

Writing . Number of words today: 6000 Number of lifetime words: 2177300 Made a start on Volume 15 of 2002 Lesser Known Tales. Satisfactory day. In three two-hour sittings, managed to write twelve stories out of the fifty that will go into the volume. At 500 words a pop, the total word count for the day is […]

A Writer’s Log – Post 1: Is there a Point?

Writing Number of words today: 0 Number of lifetime words: 2171300 Had to do at least 2500 words today, to start on Volume 15 of 2002 Lesser Known Tales. But a combination of mental factors fell in the way. The biggest of them is fear: that after I finish the forty volumes of Lesser Known […]

A Writer’s Log – Post Zero : How we Spend our Days

Annie Dillard said, ‘How we spend our days is how we spend our lives.’ I don’t know about you, but there is always a marked difference between how I would like my day to go, and how it actually goes. First, the ideal: three hours of writing, two hours of reading, one hour of email-checking. […]

Breathe into the Silences of the Mahabharata: The Queens of Hastinapur

Blurb Ganga. When she speaks, we must listen. For she is the giver of life, the oldest, kindest, wisest of mothers. She has seen this land take form, swell with power. She has witnessed people pillage it, and bring about the end to the age of kings in a great, futile war. The battle of […]

Stories of 2017

My writing resolution for 2017 is simple: Write and publish a brand new short story every Monday. The plan is as follows: At the end of every month, I will bundle all that month’s stories into a Kindle eBook and publish it on Amazon. At the end of the year, if everything goes well, I will […]