Thursday, January 07, 2016


A wonderful New Year to all my friends, fans, and followers. Despite the stock market crashing, I think 2016 is going to be a wonderful year.

In another week, if all goes well, we will welcome our 14th grandchild into this world -- another boy. We are excited to see this little one and pray he is healthy and normal. That's been my prayer for all of my grandchildren.

I still have no idea how well, or not, my novel is selling.  I think the Blog Tour my publisher did for me, has helped, but I have no idea of how much. Yesterday, a lady I've never met before asked me if I would let her interview me (via email) for her blog site. I can't see how that could hurt anything as long as the questions aren't too personal. So, during my lunch break I took a stab at her questions. Pretty much, they're just questions about my writing. I told her I would be willing to return the favor, but she said she's not a writer, just a blogger, and wants some material for her blog. I guess that's OK.

Just wondering. How many of you would like to learn what I had to learn about writing fiction? I'm willing to do that if there's interest.

I'm anxious to get back to GERTA! but with work responsibilities, home responsibilities, church responsibilities, etc., I just can't seem to find the time. I thought maybe I would give you a taste of GERTA! At least that would help me get back in the mood:

She stood five-foot-eleven, had to be all of 450 pounds and smelled worse than a sewer. Her dull beady eyes looked out from a mass of tangled, dishwater blonde hair. Her twisted and puffy face was pocked with oozing acne. “IT’S GERTA! RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!” We’d all scream in our best blood-curdling cries whenever we saw her. Everyone knew she was cooties of the deadliest kind and we would probably die if she ever touched us. But I loved her.

Does that peak your interest? Now, I just need to fashion a story around that theme. When  I do, I hope you'll all hang in with me as I express the struggles I will have writing that novel.

So, until next time, I wish you all a wonderful beginning to the New Year, and don't let the stock market scare you. It'll pop back up in a few weeks.
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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: Thursday, January 07, 2016

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