John V Prath

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February 2019

Posted by authorjvp on February 26, 2019 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (1)

It's been way too long between posts! Still here and still working on several things and debating whether I will retire in December when I reach 62. Of course the real question will be, can I afford to! Maybe I can pump out a bestseller by then :).

Summer 2018

Posted by authorjvp on August 11, 2018 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (1)

Still rolling along, but a number of issues have once again slowed down the writing process. One thing that will surely help is the 2 weeks (1 in September, and 1 in October) of vacation from work I have scheduled.

I hope anyone that reads this are doing well in their writing!

Easter Weekend

Posted by authorjvp on March 31, 2018 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (1)

How quickly 2018 seems to be progressing. Its Easter weekend here in the states. The freezing weather is slowly disappearing, our roses are in full bloom, and of course it's time to remember the real meaning of Easter Sunday.

I mentioned on another page that I am discovering the great value of a piece of writing software I've had for a couple of years, but am only now putting to use. I'm sure most, or at least many of you have heard of Scrivener. In a nutshell, it can do what multiple notebooks or multiple computer files can do in a single place. It makes it easy to build a list of characters, places, and other important details for your writing project. Even better, it has a compile feature that allows at the click of the mouse to export your work into multiple formats ready for submission to Amazon Kindle, I-books, and a host of others.

You can download a trial version to try out for free, and I would urge you to try it. I'm not a Scrivener affiliate and hoping to make money for posting this. It's just that good.

My use of Scrivener thus far has been in the outlining phase. Hoping to get rolling soon!

Still Moving Along

Posted by authorjvp on March 10, 2018 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Always a struggle to find quality writing time. The older home we live in has once again reared it's ugly head. Back in August, the central AC went out and had to be replaced. Both components (attic and outside) were over ten years old, so I guess their time had come. In late fall, there was an unusual noise coming from the heating system. Turned out our furnace needed a new induction motor.

Fast forward to February: one day we noticed a drip underneath one of the kitchen cabinets. No, the roof wasn't leaking - new roof was installed in 2016! Apparently, one of the pipes above the ceiling began leaking which was probably due to the below freezing weather we had in S.E. Texas. After part of the ceiling was cut away to repair the leak, another chunk of the wet drywall came crashing down a few days before the drywall people were supposed to be here.

Needless to say, not much writing got done during that time. And then there's the 40 hour a week job, and other commitments...

September 2017

Posted by authorjvp on September 8, 2017 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (2)

The struggle to find quality writing time continues. On a positive note, I've managed to get a couple of outlines done. Besides lack of time due to being locked up in a cubicle forty hours a week, its always been hard to pick from the multitude of ideas floating around in my head.

Not sure how many that may stumble upon this use Scrivener for their writing, but it is a great tool.

My journey continues...

Spring 2017

Posted by authorjvp on March 18, 2017 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (2)

Still juggling too many things. The writing is starting to happen, but need to get on a regular schedule.

Still Going Slow

Posted by authorjvp on March 29, 2016 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (3)

A lot accomplished, but still behind. Submitted several magazine pieces. Really need to manage time better. Working on that...