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My vacation was waaaaay tooooooo short. My wife and I drove from Utah to Lincoln, Nebraska to visit our daughter and her family. She has two of the custest kids anywhere - and no, your grandkids (assuming you're old enough) don't even come close. Sorry. I missed them already as soon as we said good-bye.

Now, I'm back at work, struggling to catch up with all the back-logged work, and resuming my writing, if I ever find a free moment.

Okay, so here's what I'm planning. I will only give my critique group those chapters of "Sweet Revenge" that have a lot of changes in them. I think I'm getting the "voice" thing finally, so I don't need everything reworked. I'm doing this because I want to move on and get this book back into the marketplace. Then, I can devote my time to "GERTA!" and other stories that are running through my mind - one being a historical novel set around 1910.

That one has been on my mind for the past 20 years but I haven't done it yet because I wanted to learn the craft of novel writing first. I'm hoping it will be a serious adult novel, not just a YA or a MG story. It will be totally set in my small hometown of Port Costa, California. I did a lot of research into the fascinating history of that town when I was in high school and college and there's got to be some great stories that can be written in that setting. Wish me luck.

About Paul West

Paul West is a freelance writer and novelist. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Paul claims to be a "Prune Picker," though he now makes his home in Taylorsville, Utah.

You can follower him on Twitter: @PaulWWest

Published: Wednesday, August 29, 2007

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Hey, faithful followers of my blog (I think there are about 3 of you now. It's growing, LOL),

I'll be on vacation starting tomorrow, Aug. 17 thru the 30th. In the meantime, if you want to go through some of my old postings and comment, feel free to do so and I'll try to respond when I get back.

Have fun,
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For all my faithful readers, I thought I'd ask you the question, when do you find time to write?

I struggle to find just 15 minutes a few times a week to write. I do it during my lunch breaks, between critquing others' writings from my critique group. My wife keeps asking me, "How long is this book going to take to write? It seems you've been working on it forever." To which I laugh. I'd love to work on it in the evenings, but there's always the ever-present honey-dos waiting for me when I get home. So, the other day, she actually told me she thought I should work on it before I go to bed every evening. That was four days ago and I haven't been able to squeeze it in yet.

So, what's your schedule?
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