Changing verb tenses must have been the key that unlocked the door to my brain, because I just passed the 10,000-word mark!
OK, teachers and professors, I'm sorry that I complained every time I had to write a 500-word essay or a 10-page paper. Truly, I am.
Thinking back on history, my papers were written on notebook paper, then laboriously typed onto a computer that looked like it was stored in a sewing-machine case, with a 5-1/4-inch floppy drive.
In college, either the papers were typed on this same old PC, or coded in TeX on a mainframe, or formatted on the early MAC PCs.
In my professional career, most e-mails run as short as possible, and white-papers are only occasionally drafted.
This books is something new and special to me. It will take a rewrite or two to get to the level needed to send it out for queries. Still a mystery to me where I will send this book, or if I should even try to send short stories to magazines to get published first? The good news is that I know a published author or two and maybe can get some advice, when I'm ready.
In the meantime, I'll be writing away. Only about 9 chapters left to write in the fist draft. Counting down!