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Shifting Perspective to Find the Rough Spots

Posted by on Apr 18, 2018 in The Shakedown Cruise | 2 comments

For my early novels, although I invested in professional editors and proofreaders to make sure my craft was as water-tight as possible, I was dismayed that readers still managed to find typos. When I was preparing the manuscript for my fourth novel to send to my editor, I decided to adopt a practice I had heard other authors use—listening to the book via a...

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Conquering the Fear of (First Draft) Commitment

Posted by on Feb 19, 2018 in The Shakedown Cruise | 0 comments

Bernard Malamud once commented, “The first draft of anything is suspect unless one is a genius.” I am suspect of the “genius” caveat, and am more in agreement with Ernest Hemingway that “the first draft of anything is rubbish” (although he expressed it more colorfully). However, the hesitance to commit words to paper, actual or virtual, because you know...

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The Six Steps of the Voyage

Posted by on Jan 28, 2018 in The Shakedown Cruise | 1 comment

Morten Olesen, Master Boat Builder and Naval Architect, boils down the process of building a wooden boat into the following four steps: Step 1: Choosing a Design – “What do you want to be the captain of?” Step 2: Lofting – “Loftingis a drafting technique … whereby curved lines are generated, to be used in plans for streamlined objects such as aircraft and...

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Introduction

Posted by on Jan 25, 2018 in The Shakedown Cruise | 6 comments

Before I was The Indy Author™, I spent over two decades as a project manager. I have my Project Management Professional certification from the Project Management Institute, and I believe that there is no problem that an Excel spreadsheet can’t solve. I wrote and published my first four novels—The Sense of Death, The Sense of Reckoning, Rock Paper Scissors,...

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