So I finally read through all of A Passion for Painting that I have already written and realize that there is a lot less there than I thought, and it made me realize that I have this problem. I write a lot in my head, but I don’t always get it down on paper. Like so many of my uncompleted projects, while I was working on it I envisioned scenes in my head but never got around to writing them.

Anyway, chapter 3 will be up shortly, but chapter 4 is a bit of a hot mess, and by hot I mean hot. It’s the first sex scene of the book, and that part is written. I just left out most of the build up to it, and there’s a lot. I mean these two just met and I threw them right into the sack. So I have my work cut out for me and, as this is a side project, it may be a while before chapter 4 gets posted.

Speaking of side projects, I had a friend challenge me to a writing contest, and I’ve picked up the gauntlet to enter the next quarter Writers of the Future contest with a short story called Naphtoe’s Protector. It’s a story I started a while ago while creating some characters for a Dungeons and Dragons adventure with some friends and I think it will also, at some point, be the opening chapter of a book I want to write. In any case, once again, most of the story was in my head, but now it’s down on paper (well in the computer).

So much writing to do, and I’m finding it harder to write in the summer than when there’s snow on the ground. Oh well, autumn is coming…

Steve

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Chapter 2

I just put up chapter 2 of A Passion for Painting. I hope you enjoy it.

Today I turn 56 years old. I can’t help feeling that I’m at a pivotal point in my life. Almost a year into retirement, my writing still hasn’t taken off, but I’ve embraced a different lifestyle, one I think will lead to success. My body of work continues to grow. I currently have completed two short stories, two novellas and one novel. I have more stories started than I will probably ever finish, and new ideas continue to pop into my head. I look out my window and see rain clouds today, but in here it’s sunny and bright.

Until next time,

Steve

A new chapter

Okay, after a few busy months where I haven’t written as much as I should have, it’s time for me to get back in the saddle on this writing-and-blogging thing.  I was talking with a good friend of mine, who is also a writer, and he suggested I put some of my writing here on the blog. So today you will notice a new selection up above called A Passion for Painting.

A Passion for Painting is a story I started a few years ago and never got around to finishing. My plan is to publish a chapter here every so often as a gift to my readers and a way to prompt me to finally finish the story. It’s a contemporary romance set in the fictional town of Bayside, and was inspired by a trip my wife and I took up to Bayfield, WI. There’s no wizards or demons or thunder gods in it. It’s just a story about two people falling in love. I hope you enjoy it.

Until next time,

Steve