Blogging a must for a writer

b8199-goodreads_logo_140-5b3e47356388131c1699f0baca28a234  Even though my time is limited for blogging because right now I am caught up in writing my story called “Saddle Spur” I realize it is important to remain in touch with my readers and the world. Unlike when I wrote my previous books, two or three at a time, Saddle Spur has me concentrating and working on it alone. The story keeps rolling through scene by scene faster than I can put it on the computer. Yet I know I can not negligent my blogging time.

I was under the weather for the past few days and tried to write but it wasn’t coming out right so as not to screw up the story, I just didn’t write during those periods when my train of thought kept getting derailed. I don’t know what I had but one thing was clear, I lost a thought in mid-motion trying to put it on the computer. I think I’m getting better, been taking medicine to clear my head. Still you can see by this blog jumping all around that I am not really back to my old self. I hope whatever this is goes away quickly. I have a lot more writing to get done and back on my other books that are partly complete.

I hope you can follow my ramblings in this blog. Anyway talk back, I’m listening as always. Have a great week.

So busy writing, no time for blogging

f5c9c-dec2b302c2b20142b113a513a342bam Every once in awhile I get locked in writing one of my books. Right now, I’m locked in writing my first and most likely my only western, well sort of it is set back in 1870. I wrote 90% of it then went back to rewrite the whole thing. Outside my front window I can see a horse called Freckles. He gave me an idea on improving the story after talking with my wife. In her younger days she was a horse trainer and trick rider. I told her about some of the things I wanted John’s horse to do in the book as John’s side kick. So I rewrote it adding the parts I thought I wanted, she checked me and said it is all within the rim of possibility so I wasn’t having Wildoats do anything that was not do able. I think it adds extra flavor to the story besides John’s miss-adventures in life. Tonight’s typing was one of the best scenes, in my mind anyway but you all will have to wait and see when the book gets out later this year, I hope.

Anyway, thanks for dropping by, I hope Saddle Spur will tickle your fancy and offer you a good adventure story. I am still wondering when it is published whether to classify it as a YA or adult western because John is only nineteen when his adventure begins. What do you think, there is hilarious parts also. Hmm.

Talk back, I’m listen as always.

A Word (or two) On Sharing

Well worth the time!

The Write Stuff


How About We Share?

We’ve grown so fast that many new followers may not be aware of the purpose of this blog, and many older ones might need to be reminded. Think of The Write Stuff as the corner pub or the Algonquin round table, only MUUUUCH bigger. This is where writers touch base with other writers, to share news and resources, ask questions, and offer encouragement. It’s YOUR blog, as much as mine.

To make it easier, here’s a list of some of the things you are encouraged to share here:

  1. New releases
  2. Promotions and sales
  3. Guest posts/interviews on other blogs
  4. New websites you’ve found that are helpful to writers
  5. Ideas/tips for self-marketing, especially if you’ve tried & have results to pass along
  6. Reviews (now and then) that you are really proud of, especially if they are in conjunction with a promo
  7. Publications/websites you think others will enjoy or learn from

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Cherished blogfest post-my cherish

 It took me a long time to find my Cherished item. My real most cherished item is my wife, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren so I had to select something after agreeing to do the Cherish Blogfest 2016.

My wife discovered during the winter that she had talents she never knew. Normally she does not have the patience to create something. It was tedious work but she found her abilities and patience to do this. She started with old horseshoes, cleaned them up and then painted them. Some black, some silver. Using leather she attached all the beads and feathers creating a beautiful wall ornament. In the center is our last name made from wooden blocks. To me it is something special she created for us.

I showed two views, the top one is trying to show the entire item with a slight close up in the second picture to see more of the details. Thank you for dropping by my blog and you can follow me if you wish. I normally follow the sites I visit.

 Drop by and visit other blogs taking part in this blogfest. I am sure they will enjoy having your company.

I guess they won’t exchange the gifts that you were meant to keep

A writer’s life is never understood, envy by many sought by many as each seeks to find the reason they must write. A.G.


My talent for writing has done me very little good in my life.

It’s sad, but it’s true.  People have told me that they have gotten a lot of pleasure out of my writing, and that makes me happy to hear, but the fact is that I haven’t gotten much pleasure from it.

When I’m doing it the process feels… necessary.  I wouldn’t call it pleasurable, in the sense that playing in the water or eating good food is pleasurable.  It’s more like the satisfaction that comes from fixing  a broken machine.  It feels good to have done it, to have solved a particular sequence of words.  But the work… it’s work.  It’s often frustrating and always difficult.

The finished product hasn’t brought me much joy, either.  And I don’t just mean financially, although it’s true that I haven’t made any real money.  I mean interpersonally. People like my work–some…

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State of Confusion

f5c9c-dec2b302c2b20142b113a513a342bam I’m like a lot of people right now in a state of confusion over the mass killings going on right now. I support the right to bear arms yet I would like to see methods in place to prevent these mass killings by deranged people. The state has made me unable to concentrate on writing my books “Saddle Spur” and “IronHearts” because I spend so much time on social media and world events it is difficult to concentrate on writing. I was sadden when politics broke short the life of the female Great Britain PM leaving behind two small children. People should allow others to disagree with them and not resort to violence against those that do not see things their way. Violence has never solved a problem, the only real way is respectably sit down and meet on mutual terms, agreeing where you can and allow the other to disagree. After all, we are all human and share this planet. Maybe because I am an American, I know we can reach a compromise, that is the human solution.

The European Union was a grand experiment just as the American Republic was over two hundred years ago. It was designed to bring together those that spoke different languages, had different views on how to do things. Trying to make wars unnecessary between them and find common ground for the advancement of their citizens. Like all experiments, there will be stutter steps and necessary direction corrections. Great Britain will vote on June 23 whether to leave the Union or stay. Recent attacks in Paris and other places has had a dampening effect on citizens feeling safe and hence the vote.

America being in an election year has become more divided politically trying to decide which direction to go. One candidate wants to retreat to the past stripping certain groups of their rights. The other candidate wants to keep the status quo but has a lot of baggage and may be not be electable in many American’s eyes. This is the sad state of American politics.

Thanks for listening to my rants, maybe the world will calm down in time and talk out their differences instead of using bullets to solve them. Talk back, I’m listening.

Sorry about my absence

73825-dec2b302c2b20142b113a513a342bam I just realized that I haven’t been posting on my WordPress site in a long time. I have been following the post of over six hundred I follow on wordpress but have been concentrating on my other blog at, where I recently ran posts about my main character in the Chronicles of the Marauder (Marauder Rising), Neil Armstrong Andrews.

8445385637_fc199b1951_z I didn’t quite finish the write up with only three of the four posts published. The American election has me sidetracked and running a series called, “America under President Trump” I started it off describing how Trump won the Presidency, if anyone wishes to read it drop by my other site. Tomorrow I will be posting on it what to expect when he takes office in January, 2017. This issue will deal with Trump’s handling of Muslims and immigrants along with a piece on how he will handle his daily press briefings. I know politics might not be your cup of tea, especially those living in other countries. That is why I am not about to post this series on both of my sites. I will keep the politics on my other site and use this one to post about books and other things, after all “There is more to life than politics”

During all this, I still writing and editing “Saddle Spurs” along with “IronHearts”. Hopefully they both will be out later this year.

Talk Back, I’m listening to what you have to say about this or any other post.