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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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  1. Welcome back P-- :) we missed u!

  2. I do wish you luck, Paul -- historical is my favorite genre, to read and to write, and I'm interested to learn more.

    Now, no one else's grandkids are as cute as yours, but I'll pit my two-year-old against anyone, anyday.

  3. Good luck! And welcome back. Do let us know how you are doing with all those stories. :)

  4. Thanks. I'll try to post something later on today and let you all know what's happening. I got a great review from some of my critique partners yesterday that I think I'll post.