Half time

Well the band isn’t marching on the field, and I’m certainly not heading for the locker room, but today I passed 50,000 words in my new novel, Son of Thunder. It’s been quite a ride.  50,000 words in thirty one days. I am really loving the story and hope I can keep up this pace. I had hoped to hit the end (100,000 words) somewhere around the end of February, so I’m still on track.

I’m at a juncture in the story, a place where I could continue to add story arcs, or start the drive toward the final climax. I know there are sections I rushed through that need to be fleshed out. I am more than half way through the story, I am pretty sure, but how close to the end? Well I just don’t know. So to that end, tomorrow I am going to start an editing run on what I have already written, to shore up the story and see how close to the end I really am.

I have put Jord and Meghan (my hero and heroin) through hell so far, facing Frost Giants, Dark Elves, and a few real nasties, and they are starting to look at me each morning with that “What? More?” kind of look in their eyes. I just smile and keep throwing rocks at them, but the pile of rocks is starting to run out. We will see if I piled up enough, or will have to go looking for more.

Fun Fact: The handle on Mjolnir (Thor’s hammer) was made a bit short, the whole thing is way out of balance, so he uses a pair of iron gloves called Járngreipr (Iron Gripper) to handle and throw it. Yeah, the gloves play an important role in my story, but not as important as Thors other big possession, Megingjörð the power belt.

Until next time,


Going to work in my pajamas.

Do you remember those dreams, you know the ones where you’re in school or at work and you suddenly realize you’re in your pajamas? Okay maybe that was just me. Anyway, the other day I realized that it was after 10:00AM and I was still sitting in my pajamas, robe and slippers at my computer writing. I’ve noticed lately that when I sit down to write, time just seems to get away from me.

In my writing before, I remember sitting down and trying to push a story forward. Lately it seems like the story is pulling me along. I can’t wait to get to my computer in the morning. I love writing like this, but there are days that I don’t get anything else done. Is that a bad thing? I’ll let you know in a few months.

Until then I will continue to go to work in my pajamas.


P.S. – I just hit the 40,000 word mark on my new novel.

1/4 of a book in two weeks

This has been the most intense writing of my life, and it feels really good.  I have written over 24,000 words in my new project, Son of Thunder. I am shooting for 100,000 words so if I can sustain this pace it looks like I could have the first draft finished by the end of February. My goals have been a minimum of 2,000 words a day, but many days I have doubled that.

I am really happy with where the story is going. the characters are coming alive for me and many days they just take over the storytelling. It has also been fun doing the research, and reading all the old Norse mythology. I remember reading many of these stories when I was in High School.

Fun Fact: Thor had a chariot pulled by two goats. If he got hungry he would cook and eat the goats then bring them back to life through the magic of Mjolnir, his hammer. (Oh yeah, I am using the goats in my book. Wouldn’t you?)

Well, back to writing, I just thought I should give you all an update. You know just to let you know i didn’t die or anything…