Unfinished Projects [painting]

Unfinished Hawk
Unfinished Hawk

I have many unfinished projects. Whether artwork or writing projects, I’m surrounded by incompleteness. But I will finish some of my projects. Others I won’t because of time and procrastination.

I am not a morning person—I lack energy during the early part of the day. I’ve tried to be one of those people who are awake before dawn and barrel into the day with enough energy to power a continent. But I have a second-shift job that keeps me active past other people’s usual bedtime. Therefore, my brain and body don’t begin functioning until around 5pm. So, getting around to working on a project is a consequence of overcoming sleepiness, slowness, and often a ringing telephone. I may be half-asleep, but the “normal” world is active and busy reminding me that I have bills to pay and appointments to keep. I turn on my computer—my social connection and alarm clock—to remind me when it’s time to do A), B), C), or D): All of the above. Email notices chime away. Oh, look: WordPress is telling me that I have new likes and followers and that they’ve created a new theme that would look great showcasing my blog. And amidst the bells and whistles, I hurry to do this, that, and the other until writing the next chapter of my book or drawing/painting the detail of a wildlife picture has to wait.

But still I persevere, writing and making art, even though I’m a zombie until evening. I perk up then … and head off to my 9-to-5 second-shift job, unless I have a day off, which happens twice a week (though the days are not usually consecutive). My creative juices flow and I attack whatever current project I have on my agenda. And then my wife comes home from work and wants to socialize. My projects linger, unfinished for weeks, months, even years.

Oh well. Tomorrow is another day. With more of the same. But every new day gives me a dash of hope.

Looking Forward to Autumn [book news]

People who are in direct contact with me know that I am busy planning a special 2014 re-release of my e-novel, Night of the Hellhounds.

“Night of the Hellhounds” began more than 30 years ago and has gone through various rewrites because the story continued to talk to me, especially when I was trying to sleep. “Night” or NOTH as it is called by some friends, is a story that took many years to write.

With a new cover in the works, I plan to have the new display on the Amazon e-bookshelf by October 30, just in time for Halloween.

Below is the inside flap/back cover blurb, though I may tweak it by the time NOTH hits the bookshelf, wearing its new cover.

Fifteen-year-old Vree Erickson’s life changes after lightning strikes her, kills her father, and burns down her family’s home. Her grandfather offers her and her family a place to live on Myers Ridge in Ridgewood, Pennsylvania. There, she sees a strange creature lurking in the shadows in town and tries to cope with the extrasensory perception and other psychic abilities the lightning sparked in her. After she and her family move into their new home, she encounters her father’s visiting spirit. He tells her that he is leaving to a higher existence and will not return for a long time. Before he goes, he tells her to be strong and warns her that she has a heavy burden ahead. Later, she learns from a witch’s book that the creature is a Roualens—a space creature marooned on our planet and invisible to most humans. As the Roualens begin to die, Vree makes psychic contact with one of the creatures and realizes that her act of seeing them drains their life force within minutes, and that she is responsible for their deaths. Meanwhile, also aware of Vree’s psychic abilities is Margga, the spirit of a witch who wants her power to free herself from imprisonment. Now Vree must risk her life to save the lives of Roualens, and herself from the vengeful Margga who wants to kill her and take her powers to wreak havoc on Myers Ridge and the town of Ridgewood.

Stay tuned for more about the new cover.

Thank You Wholeheartedly [book news]

Although I try to limit using adverbs (and adjectives) in my writing, I could not resist putting one in this post’s title.

Thanks to everyone who took advantage of my FREE eBOOK giveaway. I hope I garnered some new readers, new fans, and new friends. If you do reviews, please go to my author’s page at Amazon.com and click on the book(s).

Comments are encouraged and appreciated.

Thanks again and have a great day.