Posted By John Poindexter

When one hears that they have taken a sabbatical,

they think of a college professor.

Can a writer take one?

Or does it just get called writer’s block?

 

You write what you think is the perfect story,

Even though you know there is nothing that is ever perfect.

But the story comes to a point where you scream that is

the best ending, I have ever written.

Then you are told it is too short.

You scream again, but the neighbors didn’t appreciate that one.

 

In reference to the above, the perfect story ends just at the right place

 where the characters and the story line are complete.

 But, now you must/nay are forced to increase the story size.

Where to start… where to start.

This is what you have been thinking on for over a year.

After a too long of time, you think maybe I should give in and

increase the number of pages of a completed work, after all.

 

Your mind is cloudy with the thoughts of, How am I going to increase the size of this perfect story?

You look at the second-best story you have written and find it has over 65,000 words.

How did you go so short in the first one to have only just over 40,000?

 

Who is this mystical God that says a novel has to be more than 50,000 words?

 

Finally, I have become convinced that I must go back to work either with my mind creating or my fingers typing some more words.

 

Will I?

 

Only the future knows for sure.

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Back in the Nineties when the Internet had started here via dial-up, we played an on-line game with a chat room. In this chat room, I stated writing a story, so much a night over a period of time. When finished it was suggested that I should publish that story, but I knew I would have to not use their on-line names, but make up new ones. That story is called All in the Family Cruise. After that I wrote three more short stories and published all of them as eBooks. Below is part of the opening of Dreamer's Paradise.

She walked out into the night air knowing it could be the last time.  She was going to put an end to it and move as far away as she could.  It was over, she knew it, but would he let her go. The air was bitter against her cheeks for a June night, but she couldn’t stop now, “not now” was all she thought. 

 

Now it would stop. She waited for a car to pass and then crossed over to Second Street.  Feeling in her pocket, the gun was ready.  He was there, leaning on the lamp post as usual talking to his low-life friends.  He didn’t even turn around when she walked up.

      “What you want?” Jimmy asked.

      “Nothing.  I just have this for you,” she said and handed him the divorce papers.

 

As usual he drew back his hand and was ready to hit her when she pulled the 22 caliber out of her pocket. He laughed and swung at her. She ducked and hit him in the leg with the first bullet.

 

She arrived at home a little after midnight and knew he wouldn’t be there yet.  She made sure all the doors were locked and then climbed into the cab that was waiting for her.  She told the driver, “Drive by Second and Main, please.”  She was curious to see if he was still standing there bleeding. As they drove through the intersection, she smiled and leaned back…

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Until next time,

John

Please visit my website at www.johnpoindexter.com

Here is a listing of my eBooks that are only 99 cents each.

She Rises at Dawn, Dreamer's Paradise, Hollywood Dream, and All in the Family Cruise
You can find them at Amazon http://tinyurl.com/ma8gd83
They are also on Nook and Kobo.

Smashwords carries them in all formats and even in PDF files.
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You don't need a special reader machine.  You can download the Kindle app or Nook app from their websites to use on your computer, tablet, or laptop and cellphone.

 

 

Dreamer's Paradise

 

 


 
Posted By John Poindexter

In this Bog there are two articles from Beth Ann Erickson, who owns Filbert Publishing. Visit their website at https://filbertpublishing.com/

 

Sprinter vs Marathoner… Which are You?
Beth Ann Erickson

 

Today I’m going to reveal a writing hack that’ll transform your writing session into a power guzzling, word crunching, mind zapping, something or another… some crazy brouhaha… er… eh, just forget it.

What’s up with all the hacks?

Get this “hack/product” and you can forget writing, just talk into your computer and words will magically appear, presumably with perfect punctuation, incredible flow, and due to sheer enthusiasm, you’ll magically create a best seller!

Get this other hack and you’ll spend hours maintaining perfect multiverses (for a monthly fee), instead of allowing them to grow organically in your own mind.

Hey! Thisother hack will help you write millions of words every year! (Just don’t spend any time with your family.)

Seriously? Have we gone mad? I remember when using hacks was a bad thing (and being one was worse).

Here’s my secret: Writers create at various speeds. They use methods that work for them. It’s just the way it is. Not too glamorous, eh?

Right now, Amazon is getting flooded with “ebooks” created using hacks. And yes, they generally suck (I purposely selected that word because it best describes those books. Sorry if you’re offended.). You know why?

Great writing is thoughtful. It doesn’t follow formulas. It breaks rules. Great writers know their audience and speak directly to them, using their language. No shortcuts for that.

I can’t help but think hacks are like sprinters who fly through their event, win the crown, then are finished. Will they go on to win again? Who knows.

Marathoners, on the other hand, understand the race is long. They can’t really hack their training, they must stick to tried and true, lifetime routines.

So yea. If you want to hack, have at it. But if you want a long term career, while it’s not very glamorous, stick to what works: Write. Market. Experiment. Write some more. Strengthen your writing like a marathoner strengthens her muscles.

Make your heart pound. Write through pain. Write when you feel great. Write when you’re scared. Write when you’re uncertain tomorrow will come.

Guard your writing time. Then write.

To me, writing is a privilege. It’s honor. It’s hope.

Writing is sanity when life becomes insane.

Good writers understand that a writing career is more like a marathon than a sprint.

Great writers realize that in the end, they only raced against themselves.

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This article is courtesy of Filbert Publishing. Make your writing sparkle, write killer queries, get published. Subscribe to Writing Etc., the free e-mag for freelancers and receive the e-book “Power Queries.” http://filbertpublishing.com

Want to sell your writing? Make sure you complete these five basic tasks…

Beth Ann Erickson
http://FilbertPublishing.com

If you want to sell your writing, you need to understand a few fundamental truths. These include:

1. Every writer needs to learn the basics of copywriting

You need to identify your writing’s primary benefits, zero in on them with a laser focus, and absolutely nail those benefits using active language.

2. Keep the reader on the page

Readers drop boring writing fast. In fact, in the Internet age, you have less than a couple seconds to snag a reader’s attention and draw them into your message.

3. Pique interest

The reader is concerned with one thing: WIIFM. That stands for “What’s In It For Me.” While it’s impossible to address every person’s self interests, a competent writer will take the time to get to know their audience, poke around enough to know their primary concerns, and will address these… and how you can solve them… using concrete, active language.

4. Communicate using the language of the reader

This is exceedingly important.

Many times, the natural inclination is to describe their product in a logical manner, teaching their reader why they should hire them/buy from them. That’s a mistake.

You have to turn the conversation 180 degrees and focus on your reader’s concerns.

5. Copywriting is salesmanship in print

A good writer will adjust language, communication style, even the visual representation of their words (font, images, and such) to conform to customer expectations. For just a few moments, they turn into the potential customer, address their concerns, explain how your product/service will solve those concerns, and will help your customer become excited to make the purchase.

Final thought: Solid copy not only describes your product/service, it sells it in an effective, lively way. Each word carries weight and propels your reader towards the next word, phrase, paragraph. It speaks the language of your reader and closes strong.

If your sales materials fail to do this, it may be time to study the art of copywriting.

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This article is courtesy of Filbert Publishing. Make your writing sparkle, write killer queries, get published. Subscribe to Writing Etc., the free e-mag for freelancers and receive the e-book “Power Queries.” http://filbertpublishing.com

Until next time,

John

Please visit my website at www.johnpoindexter.com

Here is a listing of my eBooks that are only 99 cents each.

She Rises at Dawn, Dreamer's Paradise, Hollywood Dream, and All in the Family Cruise
You can find them at Amazon http://tinyurl.com/ma8gd83
They are also on Nook and Kobo.

Smashwords carries them in all formats and even in PDF files.
https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/JohnPoindexter

You don't need a special reader machine.  You can download the Kindle app or Nook app from their websites to use on your computer, tablet, or laptop and cellphone.

 


 
Posted By John Poindexter

It has been three months since I updated this Blog. It that timeframe, I took my wife to her 50th high school reunion down in Terre Haute. She was able to meet up with her best friend and had an enjoyable time with her and at the reunion.

We finally took a vacation, a small one at that. We met up with an old friend that we first met while in the Air Force in 1975. He and his wife were working at a campground over in Ohio. They own their own camper and do work camping for the summer. We had a nice visit and caught up on various topics.  We had last seen him several years ago when he came into South Bend for business. But, this was nice to stay in the same campground and do things together.  Besides, this was first time we met his wife. His grandson was staying with them and is a nice young man. We spent a day at Put-in-Bay Island and also had several cookouts and small sightseeing trips.

 Then it came time for our grandson to leave for college. We had a nice send off dinner and he was gone the next day. We finally got see him again when we went up to his college this past Sunday; a long 4 hour drive, one way. It is a nice looking place. But, I expect it will be not so nice this winter when the cold winds and snow come in off Lake Michigan.

I still use my Amateur Radio Station. Actually, I upgraded the radio to a newer state of the art digital receiver type. It is a real nice unit. Can still talk around the world with this new one, too. I have a lot of antenna work to do yet before winter hits. Not to mention odd jobs around the house. I did get the porch painted this year. Been some time since I did it last.

No new writing as of yet. I have been researching different topics and techniques on self-publishing, in case I can’t get my novels picked up by a big-time publisher.  Hope to get one submitted before long.

If you have not read any of Lee Child’s books, you need to do so. His Jack Reacher series is very good.

Now, what have you been up to this summer?  Any special plans for fall or winter?

It is not hard to leave a comment down below. Entering your email address in the comment section does not mean you will be getting spam mail. I don’t use it or sell it or anything.

So please, leave a message and tell us all about you.

Below is the Synopsis of my novel Hawks Dilemma

Until next time,

John

Synopsis

Thrust into the unwanted leadership of the president's secret unit, Hawks must lead his agency while worrying about the female agent with whom he's fallen in love.

Espionage-Terrorism Bureau (ETB)is located in Washington, D.C. and under the direct control of the President of the United States. It has approximately twelve-hundred agents stationed throughout the world.  My book Hawk’s Dilemma explores the fight against crime that the president orders.

The action begins with Japanese Red Army terrorist kidnaping a professor's daughter thinking she belongs to the man they are after.  Steve Hawks (POV), a Field Director of E.T.B., pays the ransom and is told where the young woman is and that a surprise may await him.  He finds the young woman sitting on thirty sticks of dynamite.  After successfully freeing her from the danger, he escorts her home and discovers during an interview that her assailants were on their way to Washington, D.C.

The terrorists then attack one of the Capitol buildings.  Hawks and his men kill all the terrorists in order to save the hostages.  It is here that Senator Patrick's name first comes up, but the mystery of why they were looking for him is left unanswered.

Hawks is appointed by the president to take over ETB, when the director retires.  He is not happy with the appointment, but accepts the position under the condition that he is allowed to personally conduct investigations.

Hawks first investigation as Director of Espionage, Terrorist Bureau deals with an international gun smuggling ring involving military personnel and aircraft.  Weapons are being shipped to Japan for resale to terrorists’ groups in the Far East.  A sting operation is developed with Sadie MacKenzie, a Field Director, as the bait.  At the completion of the investigation, it is believed that all of the ring members were arrested (it is not until later we find out that the true ring leader was never discovered).  Also, during this investigation, Hawks' love blossoms for Sadie.

After their wedding at the White house, the president gives them a wedding gift of two weeks in Sweden.  It is on their honeymoon in Sweden that Sadie Hawks is kidnapped.  Hawks believes that a terrorist group is responsible.  He is finally contacted and told that if he wants his wife back, a trade between her and Taylor, an individual whom Hawks arrested for espionage, will take place in Washington.

Hawks returns home to arrange the trade.  While walking down the street he notices a car passing slowly by with Sadie in the back seat.  When he attempts to rescue his wife from the car, he is shot by a kidnapper.

After his release from the hospital, Hawks makes the final arrangements for the release of Taylor.  It is at this time, the president calls with a new investigation for him.  It seems a senator's son is involved in a murder and the president wants him to handle it personally.

Sadie is released the day after Taylor is turned over to the kidnappers.  After much discussion, Hawks finally agrees to let her work on the Taylor case while he moves on to the senator's son's case.

Both investigations are running simultaneously, with Sadie and Mike Phillips going after Taylor, while Hawks and Jim Horton are taking on the senator and his son.

Hawks solves the case on Tommy Patrick (senator's son), which entails murder and intrigue.  During the confession of the killer, he states for immunity he will tell who was behind the gun smuggling case of a year ago.

Mike and Sadie locate Taylor and his gang in Atlantic City and Hawks takes a team to New Jersey to be in on the arrest.  Hawks and Sadie capture the individual who shot him earlier, when Sadie was still a captive, and then go to the hotel where the rest are staying.  Upon announcement by Hawks, the individuals in the rooms start shooting.  Hawks shoots Taylor, killing him, and the others surrender.

The story ends during dinner in Caesars casino’s restaurant when Sadie tells Steve that he will be a father.

 

Please visit my website at www.johnpoindexter.com

Here is a listing of my eBooks that are only 99 cents each.

She Rises at Dawn, Dreamer's Paradise, Hollywood Dream, and All in the Family Cruise
You can find them at Amazon http://tinyurl.com/ma8gd83
They are also on Nook and Kobo.

Smashwords carries them in all formats and even in PDF files.
https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/JohnPoindexter

You don't need a special reader machine.  You can download the Kindle app or Nook app from their websites to use on your computer, tablet, or laptop and cellphone.

 


 
Posted By John Poindexter

It is June and my grandson just graduated from high school.
Hard to believe that he is now 18 and will be going off to college.
I can still remember when he was young and played ball, went fishing with us and ran around the yard.

Good luck Michael John.

Two weeks ago, I was able to go to the Dayton Hamvention in Xenia, OH.
Walked about 10 miles in two days around the fairgrounds looking and re-looking at
all the Ham Radio equipment and supplies, talking to people I have met over the years and those I have worked on the radio.
It was very enjoyable to be there for my second time ever in 40 years of being an Amateur Radio operator.
Hopefully, I can go back again. Probably won't spend as much money as I did this time.

The writing has suffered lately, as I have just not been in the mood to write or edit.
I am going to have to get back to that if I want to get it done.

BUT, it is summer and time to be outside doing something more than sitting at a computer.

Need to get reading the Killing Floor by Lee Child or my friend who gave me the book will start telling me all about it.
Again, that takes sitting still for a long time. Well, at least a couple of days.

NOW IT IS YOUR TURN!

What are you up to this summer?

Please leave a message down below telling us what you are up to this summer.
Just click on the word Comments. None of the information you supply is used or sold by me or anyone.

Until next time,

John

Please visit my website at www.johnpoindexter.com

Here is a listing of my eBooks that are only 99 cents each.

She Rises at Dawn, Dreamer's Paradise, Hollywood Dream, and All in the Family Cruise
You can find them at Amazon http://tinyurl.com/ma8gd83
They are also on Nook and Kobo.

Smashwords carries them in all formats and even in PDF files.
https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/JohnPoindexter

You don't need a special reader machine.  You can download the Kindle app or Nook app from their websites to use on your computer, tablet, or laptop and cellphone.

Dreamer's Parasise



 

 

 


 
Posted By John Poindexter

Spring has finally arrived in Northern Indiana.
It is nice to get out and enjoy the sunshine.

This weekend is Mother's Day.
Don't forget to celebrate with your mother.
Even if it is just spending time with her will make her happy.

How many of you read Lee Child's books?

I read Gone Tomorrow as my first one. Once I got into it I could not put it down.
Now I have the Killing Floor to read. Just have to find the time to sit and read.
I find that Child goes heavy on descriptions. He describes every detail thoroughly. It is so detailed that you can picture yourself there with the characters.

With warm weather here, I have so much I need to do and want to do that sitting and reading is down the list.

Writing, too, has been postponed again as it is just too hard to get started when you want to be somewhere besides behind a computer.

As I wrote last time, my heart test came out okay. Now if I can just figure out what the problem is I am experiencing now, maybe it can be solved and I can enjoy doing more outside. As it is, I have to limit my sun exposure.

Here it is May and high school graduations will be taking place before long.
Our grandson will graduate on June 1st.  His plans are to attend a college in Michigan next year.
I hope he finds it to be what he thinks it will be.
His course of study will be Graphics Management. He has been doing some great things in his Graphic classes. They have a full printing shop in our local school. There is nothing I can think of that they cannot print.

Recently they added a metal cutting machine to make various things out of the metal. He has made me a couple of wonderful metal cuttings. One was a Bear face representing the Chicago Bears and another was the Air Force Shield.
Both hang in my living room. For Christmas last year, he gave us our last name cut out in metal so that it can be hung over the front door.

He is a great grandson and has been doing wonderful in his classes.
We wish him the best in future ventures in college.

Now it is your turn to tell us what you are up to, now that spring is here and summer is coming.
Just go down below to leave your comments. Just click on the word Comments down there and share your thoughts with us all.
We would enjoy reading what you are up to.

Until next time,

John


Please visit my website at www.johnpoindexter.com

Here is a listing of my eBooks that are only 99 cents each.

She Rises at Dawn, Dreamer's Paradise, Hollywood Dream, and All in the Family Cruise
You can find them at Amazon http://tinyurl.com/ma8gd83
They are also on Nook and Kobo.

Smashwords carries them in all formats and even in PDF files.
https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/JohnPoindexter

You don't need a special reader machine.  You can download the Kindle app or Nook app from their websites to use on your computer, tablet, or laptop and cellphone.

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