Old Fashioned Fountain Pen

John V Prath

Writer - Author


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April 2020

Posted by authorjvp on April 2, 2020 at 7:15 PM Comments comments (0)

     As I write this on April 2, our country, and the world are in the midst of Covid-19. I would hope that anyone reading this is doing fine and staying safe. It certainly is a strange time.

     My wife and I were able to get out last Saturday and into the grocery store after a couple of weeks. The "reserves" we have in our freezer and pantry were getting low and it was time to replenish. There were no lines like the last time we went, and were able to get everything we had on our list.

     I am still working since my company is part of the energy (oil & gas) sector and considered essential. I really feel for those who have been laid off due to this, and pray you get the government assistance that is available.

To all my writing friends out there, stay safe, and keep on writing!

March 2020

Posted by authorjvp on March 19, 2020 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)

     I remember seeing a meme (or whatever you call it) that showed an alien in his cockpit looking down on earth and reporting back to his leader "There seems to be no sign of intelligent life".

     I wonder what he would say today? People hoarding toilet paper, emptying supermarkets so that the next poor soul who shows up cannot buy water, paper products, tuna, etc. Pardon me for saying, this is the dumbest thing I've ever seen in my life. I realize the Covid-19 virus should be not taken lightly, but why all the ridiculous hoarding? Why not shop for the things you need - like usual, and leave some for the rest of us? Repeat weekly, and no problem! Sorry for the rant, but stupidity makes the whole human race look bad.

     On the writing front, I've been busy outlining and doing some research. And maybe this is putting the cart before the horse, but have also looked into options for publishing time. Definately going to go 'wide', but will go direct to several outlets.

Until the next time, stay safe from the virus, and please leave some 'stuff' in the store for the next person! ;)

February 2020 - TIme to Write

Posted by authorjvp on February 22, 2020 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (0)

     Well, here I am again. Looking at some of the previous posts, I am very tempted to delete them, but decided to keep them as a reminder of all the time I've wasted over the last several decades.

     The same problems exist today that existed before, but until now, I have never made the sacrifice to give up "things" in order to make time to write. Even though I am at the earliest age of retirement, I still have a full time job and will most likely be working at least a few more years. So that eats up 40 hours a week. So what makes me think I can do this now? I have to give credit where credit is due. My wife Pam, has always tried to get me motivated. Then there's the podcasts I've been listening to fairly religiously. My two favorites are "The Creative Penn Podcast" by Joanna Penn, and the "Self Publishing Advice Podcast" by Orna Ross. HIghly doubtful, but if either of you ladies see this; thank you for the interesting shows, and motivation!

     I know I am not alone, and would love to hear from other writers struggling to squeeze out some time to write. How do you do it? For me, it's those couple of hours after work and before bed, along with a healthy chunk of Saturday. I can spend time writing something like this blog post, or be plopped in the 'comfy' chair in the living room. Today, I chose to do this, and will continue to develop the outline for one of my ideas.

     If you got here from my Twitter page, follow me if you don't already. I follow back all writers, authors, or anyone involved in self publishing. Please feel free to leave a comment and tell me how the publishing journey has gone (or is going) for you.

February 2019

Posted by authorjvp on February 26, 2019 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (0)

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 (0)

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 (0)

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 (1)

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...