About my Novels & Writing

In September 2009 I began in earnest a third (or maybe fourth) career as a novelist. Now I have two books completed (a slippery term in the publishing world). Below are posts on both the process of writing these in particular and on some more general creative writing topics.


The Darkening Dream

Status: Fully Completed, being shopped to agents

Genre: Historical Fantasy

Length: 95,000 words

Blurb: An ominous vision and the discovery of a gruesome corpse lead Sarah and her friends into a terrifying encounter with a fledgling vampire. Eager to prove themselves, the young heroes set out to track the evil to its source, never guessing that they will take on a conspiracy involving not only a 900-year vampire, but also a demon-loving Puritan warlock, disgruntled Egyptian gods, and an immortal sorcerer, all on a quest to recover the holy trumpet of the Archangel Gabriel. Relying on the wisdom of a Greek vampire hunter, Sarah’s rabbi father, and her own disturbing visions, Sarah must fight a millennia-old battle between unspeakable forces, where the ultimate prize might be Sarah herself.

Dreaming Along
Vocal Whiplash
The Darkening Dream
Call For Feedback
Done Again, Hopefully
Beginnings and Endings
The edits are all in!
Juggling Brains
Line Editing
Yet Another Draft
Passes and Plots
Revising and Waiting


Status: In Revision (fourth major draft), to be completed this fall

Genre: YA Time Travel

Length: 81,000 words

Blurb: Charlie’s the kind of boy that no one notices. Hell, his own mother can’t remember his name. So when a mysterious clockwork man tries to kill him in modern day Philadelphia, and they tumble through a hole into 1725 London, Charlie has to consider that even the laws of time don’t take him seriously. Still, this isn’t totally a bad thing. Who needs school when you can learn about history first hand, like from Ben Franklin himself. And there’s this girl… Another time traveler. All good. Even if you screw up history — like accidentally let the founding father be killed — you can just go back in time and fix it, right? But turns out time travel’s got a few catches. Besides the killer clockwork guys, there’s the simple fact that boys only travel into the past and girls only into the future.

Off for Line Editing
The Last Draft?
Revision Slog – Novel as Algorithm
Middle Madness
Two Novels, Two Drafts!
The Second Cover
Two Novels, Check!
Juggling Brains


The Inside Story – Transformational Arc
The Newbie’s Guide to Publishing
Follow the Money
Plotter vs. Pantser
All Things Change
Save the Cat – To Formula or Not to Formula
Lessons from a Lifetime of Writing
Scrivener – Writing the old way is crazy
Why the iPad is a Document game changer

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30 comments on “About my Novels & Writing

  1. […] I’m cranking away on the third second draft (call it a 2.5 draft or something) of Untimed EmailShareFacebookTwitterMorePrintRedditStumbleUponLinkedInDiggLike this:LikeBe the first to like […]

  2. […] I think I’m over the hump with the third major draft of my new novel, Untimed (for a quick blurb see here). […]

  3. […] About my Novels & Writing […]

  4. […] I slog toward the end of my third major draft of my new novel, Untimed, I felt the need for brief procrastination in the form of detailing the process. Most people seem […]

  5. […] just finished the rough cut of the third major draft of my new novel, Untimed. Just in time too to get out of […]

  6. […] I’m about halfway through my last polish pass on my third major draft of Untimed. This is one of the umpteen revision passes. Only another day or two to go before I send it off […]

  7. […] when I got into it a couple years ago by starting to write The Darkening Dream, I found I totally prefer to just go with it. I do need to plot a chapter or two ahead as I […]

  8. […] started a new read through and edit on my first novel, The Darkening Dream yesterday. I’m waiting for feedback on my newer book and wanted to cleanup the first one so […]

  9. […] plugging away on my “after the gap” read of The Darkening Dream. At the 60% point, so I should hopefully be done by the end of the week. There’s only one […]

  10. […] got notes back from my editors concerning my new novel, Untimed. This is the least stressful batch I’ve ever received. Not only are there relatively few […]

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  12. […] I finished my fourth (more like 3 1/2) major draft of my new novel, Untimed, bundled it up, and shipped it out to my editor for line editing. This was a relatively quick and […]

  13. […] been finishing up my fourth (and hopefully final) draft on my new book Untimed. In discussing the previous draft with one of my writer friends he recommended this book on […]

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