Showing posts from March, 2014

Dealing with the blank page

There is nothing as intimidating as writer's block. Rick, do you mean you get blocked at times? Oh, yeah, baby, I get blocked and I've spent the last several weeks banging my head against the dreaded blank screen. It happens to me once in a while, especially after I've finished a novel. It's happened before and it will happen again. So what do you do? Well, nothing beats sitting down and just writing something, some scene, some story, anything. Many times it's crap and you know it's crap but it helps to get the juices flowing. Some say it's because of the death of my mom that's got me all messed up, but I was blocked before she passed so I can't use that excuse. All I know is last night I sat down with the determination to start #3 of the Eastlander Chronicles and lo, it happened. All is back on track with Rick now. By the way, The next Logan novel should be out in 2015. HINDSIGHT is a good one and I can't wait for you to read it.

A personal note

My mom died last week. It was not a big shock; she'd been in failing health for several years and my brother and I knew the end was coming soon. I rushed home, driving 700 miles in a downpour that had soaked the East Coast. She passed away before I got there. I suppose that most everyone thinks their mom is the best one. I know I certainly had a good one. Gentle and soft spoken with the courage and inner strength of a thousand lions, she became a widow at 49 and worked two jobs for 25 years to keep busy and provide for us. She was a woman of simple tastes, never going for the fancy stuff in life. She never used a computer, never had a cell phone, and her greatest joy was telling people about her grandchildren. She was a woman of faith and she passed that faith onto her two boys. Mom died 4 days after her 81st birthday. I called her to wish her a happy birthday and to let her know that her present--two gospel CD's--were on their way. She sounded strong and her mind seemed