The Proof is in the Pudding

A physical copy of a book is a wonderful thing – to hold your novel (even in its unfinished state) and look at it is something akin to joyful singing! or something like that. At any rate, when I opened ANNIE’S DREAM to see the bright white paper and the blocky-looking font, I groaned. So, it’s back to cream colored paper and the font Baskerville.
I also realized I’d left out an important exploration of a major character in the Logan family, so I’m working on several chapters about him – that’s Jim, the Logan patriarch.




I just ordered a proof of ANNIE’S DREAM for review. I’m going to sit down with a hard (paperback) copy of my baby with my red pencil in hand, glass of red wine in the other, and I’m going to read, read, read and change, change, change and maybe add some more content, etc.


I’m so excited to see my baby in print.


This image shows a red wine glass.


ANNIE’S DREAM Moving Along Full-Speed

This morning, I took myself out of my house to work on ANNIE’S DREAM at Single Smile Cafe in my hometown. I am now 43,129 words into this companion novel to METAL MAN WALKING.

A thought on writing a novel


When I was smaller, younger – whatever! I wrote a story that I really liked. It was about 2 or 3 pages in length and consisted of a conversation between two ‘lovers’ – young, innocent, confused boy and girl. At any rate, I remember the comment now that ought to have changed my thought process about writing but didn’t. The comment then was: “this is just an interlude.”

A novel, I’ve discovered, is a series of interconnected interludes.

I’ve always been a novelist; I didn’t know it.


More Words for ANNIE’S DREAM

My companion novel to METAL MAN WALKING now has 41,021 words. ANNIE’S DREAM has a life of its own. I’m along for the ride. Read about Charlie Logan – check out my preview or buy this novel on or at my e-Store.



This morning I have 32,715 words written on ANNIE’S DREAM (working title) which is my companion novel to METAL MAN WALKING. The characters – Annabelle, Richard, Jim, Judith, Susan and Michael Lesser, the Holmes, Dave Pisstleton and others – have taken over. When my characters direct the words, I find I am a better author.

METAL MAN WALKING, available at and at my e-Store. Also, available for order at your local bookstore. If not, please let me know!




Charlie’s in Columbia, S.C. and Annie’s in Columbia University — ANNIE’S DREAM is moving along, the characters are taking over the plot now that they are fully developed and alive and well… Read Charlie’s story in METAL MAN WALKING, available at my e-Store and on