The Rough Draft

If you can't go through it. Go around it.

Went out to Chatham Moto Park for the Motocross season opener. This had a more local feel to it than some of the events coming later in the year. The shooting conditions while dry were a bit difficult and it was pretty damn cold. Will warmer weather ever get here? Still, I got some good …

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I love Snake oil, it goes good on fries. My agent once told me that any book on writing, no matter what had one good idea in it. The question was, were you willing to spend the twenty five bucks or so to find out what that idea is? The resounding answer based on the …

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Some weeks with my son are easier than other weeks. This week was a bit of a rough one and when you add the need to get a new outline figured out for my next book, the stress can get to you a bit. Not that there’s much you can do when Colin’s behaviors are …

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  Sometimes you have to make the hard call and put a current project on the back burner. I had to do that last week. This was no seat of your pants story either. I had a very complete and detailed outline with a good arc and plenty of action. But when it just ends …

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I’ve been promising to take my son Colin to the Toronto Zoo for the last couple of weeks and today was the first time it’s really been warm enough to go. Of course, the Zoo is still coming out of Winter so a lot of the exhibits aren’t up yet but that’s not such a …

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I’m in the midst of doing research for a sequel to Devil’s Gambit which at this point will be called Devil’s Salary. This next book in the series takes place roughly three years after the events in Devil’s Gambit and will be set in South America. I’d mentioned in an earlier post about some of …

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I’m suffering from information overload a little. When you push a screenplay out into the world, you pack it’s bag, hand it a boxed lunch and then watch it drive off in the strange man’s car. It doesn’t even turn around to wave. The next time you see it, it’ll either be an embittered young …

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To celebrate my book Devil’s Gambit in it’s new print copy format, I’m giving away five free copies. The contest will run till April 30th 2015. Just enter your email below and if you’re one of the lucky ones I’ll contact you for the shipping details. And don’t worry, I won’t be giving your info to …

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My motorcycle travel book pictured above is currently sitting at #6 in Amazon’s Adventure Travel Ebooks List.  Nobody is more shocked than me but it’s certainly welcome news, that I of course wanted to share. Onward and upward. Steve Abbott UPDATE: I checked the numbers this morning and we’re up to #3 in Adventure Travel …

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My Technothriller Devil’s Gambit is now available at Amazon in paperback for those of you who aren’t a fan of Electronic Readers. Now that I’ve been through the Createspace process I’ll be creating paperbacks of all future books to coincide with my Kindle releases as well. Thanks for your patience as I learn how to …

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