The weather here today


It’s about 35C here today.

The weather here today:

Going outside is like slipping into a Hot Fudge Sunday – that’s boiling!

Being outside today is like a preview of Hell.

Stepping outside is like falling into a bowl of hot soup, without the croutons (those are the hail that comes from the thunderstorms at this time of year – yikes!).

Stepping outside is like walking into a hot towel – nice if you want a free sauna.

Going outside today is like being in a giant’s armpit.

Going outside today is like being in the sun’s armpit.

(More to come as I think of them…)

Finished a new novel

I finished a new novel today, always a good feeling!

Now, I’m going to let it sit for a short while before correcting typos and getting it formatted. Stephen King recommends this in his book On Writing, and I think it’s a good idea. I was doing this before I read about it from King, but it’s nice to get confirmation of this.

This book is a stand-alone title (so far, with no plans for a sequel at present). It’s a paranormal-mystery-action type of story. I don’t want to say too much about it yet, until it’s ready to be published. It’s about 40,000 words.

Next, I’m going to get back to writing the 6th book in my D.U.M.B.s series, which I’ve already made a start on.

Tips for being a writer

From time to time I get asked for writing advice; I’m sure every writer who’s been doing it professionally for more than a few years does.

Read and follow Heinlein’s Rules. Not as easy as they seem! Check out the book about them by Dean Wesley Smith and read his blog, too.

Also, read Hugh Howey’s blog and in particular this post “So You Want to be a Writer…

Stephen King’s book On Writing is another good resource of information and inspiration.

I think a lot of what these folks say is good advice, and I follow most of it.