Coming Soon: Roughing it in Africa

Roughing it in Africa The first draft of everything is shit. Ernest Hemingway It's true. I started writing a story about my travels through Africa many years ago. I started and stopped, abandoning everything due to lack of talent, drive, and whatever else you can blame failed stories on. Ultimately, I wasn't ready. I wasn't… Continue reading Coming Soon: Roughing it in Africa

STATUS: Draft

There are days when I am so excited with how far I have come with my travel memoir about my time in Africa. And there are other days when I cannot believe how long I have been slogging away at it. At the time, I felt like the first draft would never be finished. Until one day,… Continue reading STATUS: Draft

Short Words

“You can go a long way on short words.” – Joseph J. Romm Short words. Well then, I'm not sure how far I'll go. I think it's safe to safe that I can be a bit verbose at times. Yes, I do carry on... But there is something to be said for concise language, compact storytelling… Continue reading Short Words

Constructive Criticism

I got to take another trip to see the Writer-in-Residence at Western University today. The last I spoke with him, Gary Barwin suggested that I take the writing we had gone over that day and edit it, then return so we could see where we were at. First reaction - it's better. Yeah! And while… Continue reading Constructive Criticism

Perseverance

UPDATE: For those who have been following along with the continuing saga of the writing of my African Adventure, know that I am still at it. A prologue has been re-added to my African tale (I had one, took it out, then completely reworked it), but this time with more details of life before I left… Continue reading Perseverance