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Back on Haunting Charleston

After completing the edit on my friend’s memoir I am finally back on Haunting Charleston.  I needed a break and as it turned out I needed the experience of editing someone else’s work. It was easy to see the problems with my own writing when I see it other places. The end result is my second novel should be much better because of it.

Because I have been away from it for a little while I read back through the first of the manuscript. I’m pretty pleased with where it is. In many ways it’s better than Haunting Injustice.

I am looking forward to finishing this and getting the whole thing in second edit.

So far my favorite line is: “I hate to sound cliche, but I see dead people.”


“Loafing is the most productive part of a writer’s life.” ~James Norman Hall

Haunting Injustice at “The Deepening”

The Deepening world of fiction is devoted to fiction, its readers, its creators and authors. They have a real taste for the paranormal. The are highlighting my novel, Haunting Injustice, today. I am honored to be recognized by their excellent team of editors and book reviewers. The editor confirms what I always knew about this work. The prologue is a bit rough but the story is superb.

Thank you to the editors at The Deepening for highlighting my debut novel.
The Deepening and Haunting Injustice


Everyone is psychic to some degree, and really successful paranormal investigators even if they do not realize it are using their own psychic ability to sense the environment. ~Rosemary Ellen Guiley Quote


I had a breakthrough on book two yesterday. Sure, I’ve been blaming the broken shoulder for not working on the book, and to a large extent that’s been true.  But, I’ve probably been where I could have picked it up anytime in the last two-three weeks. What’s kept me from it?  I’ve been trying to figure out a pretty major plot hole in the storyline.  Been brainstorming for weeks with nothing really working.  Then yesterday it hit me out of the blue exactly what needed to happen.  So….

I’m ready to get back into the story and start pounding out work count, now that I know exactly where its going and what’s going to happen along the way.

I’m still looking at first of next year sometime to finish.

I love deadlines. I especially like the whooshing sound they make as they go flying by. ~ Douglas Adams


Everyone hits milestones in their lives.  I remember most of mine.  There may be a couple along the way missed due to the prevalent blood alcohol content of the day.  Okay, there could be a few holes in my past, but milestones are pretty important.  Work with me here.

I remember my first car.  I remember my first concert.  I remember my first marriage.  I remember the end of my first marriage. (I’ll leave subsequent matrimonial experiences alone.) I remember the first girlfriend and the first sumpin’ sumpin’. I remember my first job, my first motorcycle ride, my first (fill_in_the_blank) …..  Seeing a pattern here?

Today is the first time my website hit 10,000 views. At 9:25 am, www.theprodigalscribe.com clicked into the 10K zone.

Hit Counter

Now that might not seem like a lot considering many of the more popular writers get that in an hour or so, but this is me we are talking about.  From the day TPS went live some 18 months ago to today, many of you have come to see what my journey is all about.  And for that, I humbly thank you!

To express gratitude, I have dropped the price of the Kindle version of HAUNTING INJUSTICE from $7.99 to $5.99.


Lastly, if you are one of those that like the feel of a new book in your hands and the smell of the paper tickling your nose as you turn the pages, I am offering a 20% discount for copies of HAUNTING INJUSTICE purchased directly from the publisher.

To get the discount go to: HAUNTING INJUSTICE at CreateSpace
Enter the code FRH2R9XG when checking out.

The last big milestone, before this one, was two weeks ago when I climbed back on Pearl for the first time since the accident. It was like manna from heaven with a little bit more horsepower – zoom cubed. It’s good to be back on the bike, but I’m still not fully healed.

The last few days I have been running through a regiment of stretching and isometric exercises to ready myself for next weeks visit with the orthopedic doc. It’s been a painful experience. I see an MRI in my near future to determine possibility of rotator cuff damage and is a surgery in the cards or deal with it through more exercises. I vote for more exercises.  I am hoping that surgery is a remote possibility and would be subject to serious contemplation if that’s what the surgeon recommends. More will be revealed.

And that, as they say, is that in a nutshell.  It’s been over a month since my last blog here, and part of my writing recovery is going to start right here.  I’m going to do a much better job of keeping up with this blog.  Oh, and there is the matter of book two to be written.

Writing again

After a few weeks in the doldrums, and completely retooling the next installment of Phoenix Worthy, I am writing again.  The opening is very much different and I actually like this one.

You ever read your own work and say to yourself, “That’s garbage!”

Well, that’s what I saw when I read my first pass at opening my new novel.  The step back was necessary, albeit a good bit longer than it should’ve been.

I’m also scaling back my aggressive goal and shooting for 1000 words a day.  I’d rather occasionally exceed the goal than constantly fall short.

Anyway…. the good news of the day is, I am writing again.

“Writers seldom choose as friends those self-contained characters who are never in trouble, never unhappy or ill, never make mistakes and always count their change when it is handed to them.” ~ Catherine Drinker Bowen


And so it begins…..

My next novel, working title, HAUNTING CHARLESTON, is off and running.

I set my daily write goal at 2000 words.  Day one I got in 2126 words.  I could have gone some more, but I want to get back into a writing groove with this work.  I resolved a few issues over the weekend with plot and location that was a bit problematic, but I worked through it and now it seems to be flowing to a good start.

I’ll be trying to get in a blog every couple of days or so to keep you up with my progress.  I am posting my word count meter over there ——–>

You will be able to keep up with me as I make progress on the next installment of the Phoenix Worthy world.

Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.
~ George Orwell, “Why I Write,” 1947

Haunting Injustice Approved for Production

It was a big day around the writer’s desk today. The last proof showed up in the mail, everything looks spiffy, and HAUNTING INJUSTICE is approved for production.  Books are on order and should be here within a couple of weeks.

It’s very exciting stuff.

You can still pre-order and get a signed copy at www.theprodigalscribe.com between now and Feb 12th. After that the book should be available for purchase at Amazon.com.

Feel free to ask any questions about the book in the comment section.

Because publishing is becoming more business-oriented each day with more examination of the bottom line, it’s harder to break out than ever.
~ Nicholas Sparks