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I’m back! It is hard to believe that I haven’t posted an update here in over four years. I’ve really neglected this space. That ends today, though actions speak louder than words. I’ve posted occasionally on social media, but even that has been meager. I’ve let my sequel to Terminal Tendencies, titled Malicious Machinations, languish at about 50% complete. So much has happened, but let’s get to the good and fun news.

I’ve got a new determination to get back to writing. Since January of this year(2020), I have been writing a column, twice a month, for the Augusta Medical Examiner. The column is called, Adventures in Middle Age. Please check it out and tell me what you think. Writing this column has gotten me back into the habit of writing and a few recent incidents have put things in perspective. I don’t want to work the rest of my life on things that aren’t nearly as fulfilling as writing is for me. I have too many interests and too many hobbies, but those all need to fade into the background so that I can do what I like best. I feel like I just woke up to realize what life is all about and I have to go for my dream to do what I love instead of just working to get by. It might take me a few years, and I wish I had gotten a start earlier and stuck with it, but as the Chinese proverb says, “The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is now.” I’m planting that tree right now and not just one, but many trees, but all of them related to writing as my career.

I have found some excellent books that have inspired and informed me recently and I will start sharing them here in posts. Perhaps they can help you, if you also decide to pursue writing, or maybe they just get you to think about what it is you want to do for the rest of your life, whether it is writing or something else entirely.

The first one I will mention is Joanna Penn’s How To Make A Living With Your Writing. You can buy it below, either on Kindle (on the left) or in paperback (on the right). In either case, I get a small commission. Thanks.

I will share more as I get farther along in my reading, but this one has already made an impact on my outlook for a career in writing. If you have considered that before, it is worth a look.

So, now, I will get back to my work on Malicious Machinations, and since deadlines seem to work for me, my goal is to have it published and available for purchase by April of 2021. I will also be working on an audiobook edition of my Terminal Tendencies novel and hope to release it around that same time. Speaking of my first novel, if you haven’t already gotten it, you can find links below for the kindle and paperback version, respectively.

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