Summer has arrived. Or I should say, the rainy season has arrived. Even my dogs don't want to go out any longer than necessary. The humidity is so bad that if I had serious breathing problems, this would definitely not be the place to live.
I've become a world class procrastinator. I get out of bed on Saturday morning with a long list of things I need to get done: to the store for dog food, clean house, do laundry. None of it seems to happen. I get on the computer to check email and end up playing games for a couple of hours. Weekends are also when I get the most writing done -- when I'm not playing games. I go back through my current project, decide I have no idea what comes next and give up. Then, of course, I have to have breakfast. On the weekends that usually consists of coffee and a bagel with cream cheese. And I can't type and eat at the same time. I can, however, eat and play games at the same time. It's a wonder I ever manage to get anything accomplished.
I get up really early, so after all the games, it's time for a nap. Naps are wasted on children. It's us old folks who need them. I take the dogs out again after that, though we haven't been doing much walking lately. It's too hot here in Florida. For the life of me, I sometimes can't figure out why I moved down here. I like four seasons and down here it's permanent summer. Nothing to look forward to when snow covers the ground. Of course, there isn't any snow either. We do occasionally get some terrific thunderstorms, but that's it.
I keep thinking I'm going to make the effort to stop procrastinating, but the little kid in my head says "I don't want to." How do you fight that? I haven't figured it out yet. I could work on my laptop. There aren't any games on that, but I don't like typing on it. If I rest my hands for a few minutes while I think of what comes next in a story, I end up with a lot of typos and crazy characters because the keyboard is too sensitive. I don't know how to solve that problem either. It's easier to just ignore the laptop.
So, if you have any tried and true ways to stop -- or at least decrease -- the procrastination, please leave a comment and let me know. I'd like to get the next book out this summer, but the way things are going, that's not going to happen.
I'm afraid I haven't been doing a very good job at keeping up with this. I'll try to do better.
I've just released the Kindle version of the latest David Graham thriller, The Jewelry Store Murders. I hope you'll read it, like it and leave a review on Amazon.
This book caused me several problems. Not being a cop or an ex-cop, I sometimes don't realize that what I'm writing isn't the way things work. Fortunately, I have a very good friend who lets me know when I've messed up -- and boy did I mess up this time! She sent me a 3-page email about all the things I got wrong. At first, it did sort of irritate me. After all, no writer likes to be told their work needs serious revision. After I thought about it, though, I decided I'd rather have her point out all the flaws than publish and have the readers point out the flaws. So, thank you, Laurel.
The other problem I had was moving. I had to move out of my house for reasons I won't go into here and I ended up in Florida. I spent a couple of months living in a very small RV until I could find a place I could afford -- or more precisely, that I was willing to pay for. I'm in Ft. Myers and apartments here can be over $1,000 a month. I didn't pay that much a month for my house in Memphis, and I'm certainly not paying that for an apartment. People here blame it on "snowbirds", those folks who come to Florida for the winter from places like Michigan, Canada, and Minnesota. I'm not convinced that's the problem. I chalk it up to good old fashioned greed.
At any rate, the problems are pretty much solved, the book is out and I'm working on the fourth one, which I think will be called The Consortium. I want to have it out by the end of summer, but I'm not sure if I can make that deadline. I plan to give it my best shot, though. I hope you read them and enjoy them. And please leave a review.
Winter has hit Memphis as it has the rest of the country. We don't seem to handle snow and ice very well. My backyard is so frozen over that my 100 pound Doberman doesn't leave paw prints! It's made me think there's a story in here about a murder among a group of people who are snow bound. Then I realized Agatha Christie did it already, except her group of people were on an island. The book is called Ten Little Indians (or And Then There Were None). I love that tale. I think it's the first book I read where I figured out who the murderer was before the end of the book. Then she threw in a surprise. I'm not going to tell you what that surprise was because it comes under the heading of a spoiler. Suffice it to say I was right.
So, while there may be a good short story in here somewhere, I'm going to have to find a way to tell it so it doesn't seem like just a shorter version of the Christie book. Suggestions are welcome.
Since I retired from teaching I've been subbing at a couple of the local high schools. Today I had to babysit study hall for a bit. Four boys were terribly interested in something on the floor and were passing money back and forth under their shoes. I called an administrator to come and get them for gambling.
It never ceases to amaze me that teenagers think adults are so stupid we don't know what's going on. Maybe they think I've never been in a classroom before. I don't know, but I do know I'd have to be deaf, dumb and blind not to know what the four of them were up to. And they're always so shocked when they're caught and try to lie their way out of trouble. Most of them are lousy liars and no one believes the tales. But the student will swear "fo God" he's innocent. Which Shakespearean play had the line "Me thinks thou dost protest too much."? All I can say is some of this stuff will make good stories to tell their children -- assuming they manage to stay in the gene pool.
This has absolutely nothing to do with books except that I feel like there has to be a book in there somewhere. I'll have to work on that one for a while.
Thanks for coming to my website. There are two pages yet to be completed, but they're coming. The "Coming Soon" page will list my books that will be released shortly. Right now that's a short story collection I'm working on. It's on the page because it doesn't have a cover yet. Check back frequently for more updates.