Monday, February 27, 2012

Writing my novel Nine Lives

The very first chapter of Nine Lives was a woman running through the woods. That was the first time I actually sat down and started writing a novel. I liked it but it wasn't where I wanted to go. So I started writing more about the history of the cat. It still wasn't where I wanted to go. Don't laugh.

So I sat down and started to write and the book started to take shape. It became alive, it went where it wanted to go, not where I wanted to go. I started to laugh. Okay, now you can laugh.

When I finished with the book I liked it but looking back it was still missing something. I read it over and over trying to edit the thing myself. I wanted the book perfect but it was missing something. I actually changed the way the book was laid out and guess what? It turned into a page turning thriller! I'm not kidding. I moved whole chapters and deleted some and even still I was still missing something.

The first chapter of my book was the last one that I wrote. Maybe I shouldn't tell you that but I found that very interesting. I wanted my book to have a meaning and in the end, it did to me. I hope it does to you too if you read it. Sometimes the smallest of things can change everything.

Monday, February 20, 2012

A list of 9 things that bug me / a horror novels journey / Nine Lives

Nine things that bug me. I like the number 9 right now. Nine Lives is my first book so why not make a list of 9?

Some things really bug me about writing a novel. One of them has been the expectations of self published novels compared to ones that are not. Since writing my own book, I have become more and more critical of the books I read and the ones that are not self published. Self published novels are not getting any respect, which I understand because of things I have mentioned in my last post, but has anyone taken a look at the published books out there? I was just on a website (I won't mention names) that publishes debut authors. They don't accept self published novels because they say there are too many. Okay, I understand that. So, I look on this site because I want to know what I am up against. I want to know what my competition is.

I looked at the way each one of the books are being published. The cover is wrong, the sales pitch is wrong, they don't have a website or the story just isn't going to sell. It helped me feel good about my chances.

So here's a list of things that bug me about writing a book:

1. Books with no meaning: What's the point?
2. Books that try really hard to have a meaning: If it doesn't come to you naturally, don't force it.
3. Books with way too much detail: There's a story in there somewhere, I just haven't gotten to that part yet.
4. Depressing books: I want to feel good after I read a book.
5. Books with no imagination: Bring me to another place.
6. Books with no sense of humor: It's okay to not be so serious all the time.
7. Boring books that make the New York Times list: How?
8. Celebrity Books: Do I really care to read a book from a reality star telling me how to be a better husband from a person who is on marriage number four?
9. Cook books: This relates to #8. Again, do I believe that little miss reality star is a better cook than my wife or me when she does nothing but talk about her maid and eating out all the time?

So there it is, maybe I'll make some more after this one but for now,



Thursday, February 16, 2012

Writing a horror novel can sometimes be a real thriller

I started off writing a horror story and ended up with a thriller. Maybe it was the other way around and I wrote a thriller and ended up with a horror story. Either way, I feel my book falls into both categories. I wanted the story to be scary but the more I got into the book, the more it started coming to life. I think thats one great thing about writing but here are a couple more:

Great stories actually have a meaning to them. I started off with a story about a cat and ended up writing about things that were inside my head. That sounds so simple doesn't it? I have talked to more people about books with this, "really neat ending." Well, that's great but was it a book you will remember or want to read again? Is it a book that will make you wonder? Is it a book that inspired you? I am not a fan of depressing books and although books with a neat catch to them may be fun, I am not going to be thinking about it once the surprise is over. I want a book that leaves me thinking. Something that has inspired me to be a better person.

Another thing I learned about writing is that a story can unfold in different ways. When I wrote Nine Lives, I had a plan. By the time I ended the book, it was completely different then what I imagined. Next blog I am going to tell you what happened with the organization. It was actually pretty cool I think.

Until next time,


Thursday, February 9, 2012

Weird places

I get some of the best ideas for writing in some of the weirdest places. Does that happen to other writers? I suppose it does, I find my mind wandering in the funniest and most relaxing places. Lately, I have been taking a steam shower and letting my mind drift away. Maybe I am stuck, though that hasn't really happened to me just yet, and then suddenly an answer comes my way.
I have been writing some chapters of my new book and a couple of them weren't really going the way I had hoped. They just weren't capturing the moment or maybe they weren't exciting enough for me. So I hop in the shower and relax. Boom, it comes to me without even thinking about it. I run out, mark it down and later I look at it and say, "Wow, this is really awesome!"

Originally posted on: Feb. 2, 2012
Last night we had a transformer go boom in the night. The entire sky lit up with an orange glow. Someone in the house thought it might be the northern lights, which were supposed to be glowing in the sky according to the news. Another one of my kids figured it was aliens, its always those darn aliens causing things to happen.

This made me think of other things that go boom in the night. My son has been certain the house is haunted because he has been hearing all sorts of sounds late at night. The same son who thought the lights were aliens. I stayed up late one night to find this source of booming in the night and found the strange creature that was causing it. It's amazing what a hamster can do with a squeeky wheel.

My brother lives in my old house and has told me he hears strange noises in the night. When I asked him where it came from he told me the basement. Why is it all creepy things hang out in the basement? So, I had him visit the basement to find the source. I stayed on the phone in case the goblins got him. It was a squeeky wheel in the furnace.
Now my daughter tells me her bathroom is haunted by strange sounds at night. I haven't found the source yet but I am really curious about this one. It seems her toothbrush moves all by itself. I am keeping a close eye on that toothbrush and will keep you posted when I find the culrpit.
Don't get me wrong, I believe there are strange things that go boom in the night.

Originally posted on Jan. 26, 2012

Nine Lives update

Okay, so you're probably wondering, did George really write a book? Yes, I really did. It just takes time to get the thing published and I'm kind of a perfectionist, just ask my wife. I figure it should be available in about two to three months. I know it's a long time but its getting there. I've been asked by many of you to see a copy but the finished copy is going to be worth the wait.
If you haven't already, sign up on this website so I can notify you when the book is published. Trust me on this, the book is looking awesome.

Originally posted on: Jan. 19, 2012

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Friday the 13th

Who says bad things happen on Friday th 13th? I think of myself as a supersticious type of person but I never have a bad day on Friday the 13th. In fact, I usually don't have a bad day on the 13th of any day as far as I know. I met my wife on the 13th and today quite a few good things happened. A full moon today too, how appropriate. Well, I'll leave the boring stuff for another post. The next book is coming along very good and thanks to my cover designer Andy Carpenter for the beautiful design of my book. He sent me a teaser today which I'll post soon.

Originally posted on: Jan 13, 2012

Merry christmas and a happy new year

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year. May all your dreams and wishes come true and may it be fruitful for all of you out there.
Hey, not everything is scary! Just don't tell little Johnnie to look behind him. Remember, someone is always watching you, just hope and pray it isn't a giant snowman. Just like Don Henley said, "You can never look back." Trust me, 2011 wasn't that great but I am hoping for a promising 2012.
All the best,

Originally posted on: Dec. 21, 2011


Thanks to everyone for helping me promote my book. You have no idea how much it means to me and I hope to thank each and everyone of you. Karen, Matt, Robi, Charlotte, De (my wife), my Mom and everyone else who has forwarded my notices, thank you! No last names because I don't want to get into trouble (Ha Ha, all except for my Mom and De).
The photo above was at a U2 concert. I swear everyone had a great time. I guess it's just kool for kids not to smile. Yes, I spell kool with a K. I was born in the sixties. Peace.
The website traffic has really been picking up and hopefully by the time the book is available I can sell more than just a couple. Hey, I have to pay for the cover, which by the way looks fantastic! I am going to hold out on that until the new year. Until then, always George.

Originally posted on Dec. 8, 2011

Tuesday, February 7, 2012


So what makes an idea? I was just talking with my Daughter about different ideas in my books and this picture came to mind. It's blurry but I like to call it an, "Action Photo." Seriously, this picture is my oldest son standing on top of a garage in an alley in Chicago. Now you may ask yourself, what is my son doing on top of a garage in the city? Well, he's being a boy of course, tossing things at squirrels, rats and people—Don’t worry, he had his rabies shot and he was defending himself against my Dad.
The thing is, he was being a boy. It’s what we laugh about when we’re older. It’s also something that inspires me to write. Watching them play like that reminds me of things I used to do as a kid and it brings ideas together. Everyone has a, “Remember when” story to tell. I just like to take them to another place is all.

Originally posted on Dec. 2, 2011


Some of the funniest stories are told at Thanksgiving. My brother now thinks his house is haunted because it was the original place of the, "Cat Incident." I assured him the house is not haunted by cats as far as I know though he is often visited by other critters during the season.
We had a good Thanksgiving dinner with awesome food and wine. The company was great as always and I was happy to have left overs this time around. Unfortunately I didn't get any extra slices of the apple cranberry pie, it was awesome!

Originally posted on Nov. 30, 2011

Monday, February 6, 2012

Cat tails

I've been asked about my ideas and where they come from. What is the book about and things like that. Most of them have come from experience but that doesnt make them real. Not in the physical sense anyways. I write fiction, meaning, it's make believe.
The idea of a cat having Nine Lives came to me years ago when a cat was stuck beneath our deck at home. After doing everything to coax the cat out an accident happened. I never told anyone what really happened to that cat and maybe it haunted me until I finally wrote about it. Looking back at the incident, I wondered what would happen if that cat came back to life. The answer is in the story, Nine Lives.

Originally posted on: Nov. 22, 2011


Things are coming along better than I would have guessed. I am getting very close to submitting another version of Nine Lives. I can't believe the difference between my initial rough version and what the novel has now become. It's actually starting to look like a book! No word on the cover yet though its in progress. I'll keep you posted. Things are coming along great so far.

Originally posted on Nov. 13, 2011

Sunday, February 5, 2012


I thought it would be funny to name this one beginnings. I hardly started this project, being a year old not counting the actual conception. Today I finally figured out the blog after fiddling with a web creator. A frustrating process but I am determined to make this a success. I never realized being a writer meant multi tasking as a web designer. Anyways, here it is and now you can subscribe if you wish to keep updated.
On an even more positive note, I have received my editing notes for the novel Nine Lives and now the real process of completing the book begins. Thus, the name, beginnings. I’ll keep you informed as the editing moves along and hopefully have a draft ready to print by the early part of next year.
Originally posted on: Oct. 24, 2011

Saturday, February 4, 2012

New Blog Address

I am making the switch over to this blogger address. I thought it looked much better than the previous and it has better options for blogging purposes. Hey, if my daughter can do it, I can do it. By the way, happy birthday to Alicia :)

So, for the next couple weeks or so, I am going to be transferring some of my older posts on here. I'm sure there is a way to change the date on the blog but I haven't been able to find that just yet. In other words, when I post my holiday post with the huge snowman and the little boy, it may seem like a funny time of year. This is especially true since we have absolutely no snow this year.

Speaking of weather, it looks like spring time outside right now. I'm heading out, right after I sing my daughter her birthday song.

Book number two is nearly finished in the rough draft. It's better than I could have imagined. Why is it that books do that? I start out with a thought and the book takes these turns I never would have thought of but somehow they manage to find their ways into my books.

Which brings up my next thought before I leave. In the coming posts, I really want to keep a journal of some type on writing a book. Yea, Stephen King did that with the book he wrote but why not while I am actually writing as a debut author? Until then....


Friday, February 3, 2012

Nine Lives

I started writing Nine Lives back in October of 2010. I found that once I actually took my writing serious it took me about three months to write. The actual concept came to me about fifteen years ago. I was told by some people the idea wasn’t very original but the last time I checked, no one else has written or made a movie about it. This is my version of a cat with Nine Lives and once I started writing it, I found it to be more complex than just a cat. I found a book starts to take a life of its own. Hopefully, if you get the chance to read the book, you can send me your comments about it.
Today was a big day for a couple of reasons. I submitted the manuscript  for editing and hope to get the book published by early 2012. I’m excited about it after a year of working on the book and dreaming of it for at least fifteen years!
So I started thinking, if I am going to be serious about writing, I had better start a web page. I think of this as a way to communicate to you, the reader, in an informal way of what’s happening with my books and why I decided to write them. It’s going to take some time to work out the kinks and change this web page the way it should be but hopefully it will grow the way you the reader would like it. After all, this is for you and thats the real reason I wrote this book and the others I am working on. I want your feedback because there's plenty more built up inside me.

Originally Posted on Oct. 11, 2011