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Martin Wilsey is a writer, hunter, photographer, rabble rouser, father, friend, marksman, story teller, frightener of children, carnivore, engineer, fool, philosopher, cook and madman. He and his wife Brenda live in Virginia where, just to keep him off the streets, he works as a research scientist for a government funded think tank.
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This week I read PARLEY by Jamie McFarlane.

Here is the description from Amazon:

Liam Hoffen and Nick James are back in the next, exciting installment of Jamie McFarlane’s Privateer Tales.

After fighting space pirates and rescuing a damsel in distress, nothing sounds better than shore leave at Puskar Stellar on Mars where Liam can reconnect with his girlfriend. But neither their newest crew member, Marny, nor the Mars Protectorate Navy is ready for them to spend much time relaxing.

Their old nemesis, Harry Flark, found a new mining station to pillage and the crew of Sterra’s Gift has been hired to transport a covert operative into Flark’s lair. This is the perfect opportunity for them to set things right if it helps to bring him down. The big problem comes when Liam and Nick discover Flark is expecting them and has no intention of letting them get away with their lives.

Like white knights on silver steeds, Liam, Nick, Marny and a passel of new friends fight their way across the solar system, making a name for themselves and their mission.

–Fun stuff.

Repeat the mantra: Writing is when I make the words. Editing is when I make them not shitty.
—Chuck Wendig

The best way to become a successful writer is to read good writing, remember it, and then forget where you remember it from.
—Gene Fowler

Learn to look at your sentences, play with them, make sure there’s music, lots of edges and corners to the sounds.
—Janet Fitch

I don’t think writers should write about answers, I think writers should write about questions.
—Paul Haggis

You can only write regularly if you’re willing to write badly… Accept bad writing as a way of priming the pump, a warm-up exercise that allows you to write well.
—Jennifer Egan

A good writer is basically a storyteller, not a scholar or a redeemer of mankind.
—Isaac B. Singer

Writers get paid for what other people get scolded for— daydreaming.
—Richard Walter

Can anything be sadder than work left unfinished? Yes, work never begun.
—Christina Rossetti

The test of a writer is whether you want to read him again years after he should by the rules be dated.
—Raymond Chandler

4×8 Sheet of Drywall

On the surface, this tip will seem to have little to do with writing, but hang in until the end.

I bought a super nice, comfy, 4×4, long bed, Ford F-150, King Cab. I really enjoy that it can hold a 4×8 sheet of drywall between the wheel wells with the tailgate closed. If you ever buy a truck, get the long bed version.

What does this have to do with writing?

This truck is our ship to explore the Universe. It is big and comfy and quiet and has an amazing stereo with Bluetooth and lots of bells and whistles. We will be camping a lot out of this machine. Rolling with an internet hotspot and my laptops and tablets. This will allow, even encourage, writing from ANYWHERE. We will tow a camper. A mobile office with a bed and kitchen!

This is a total advantage and benefit of being a full-time author.

So that is why I bought a Beast the size of a shuttlecraft in my latest novel.


–Adventure Awaits!

Tiny wife with the Beast

This week I read ROOKIE PRIVATEER by Jamie McFarlane.

Here is the description from Amazon:


When you are old enough to finally become an Earth Mars citizen, everything should be perfect. Right? Not for Liam Hoffen. He’s stuck on a mining asteroid called Colony 40, helping his father work a claim that is never going to pay out. His best friend, Nick James is set for life in James’ Rental business and Liam just discovered that the girl he’s known forever thinks he’s pretty great and now she’s leaving for the Mars Naval Academy.


Liam dreams of sailing the stars. Whenever he gets the chance, he jets into space and floats, wishing to be free of the asteroid that has claimed him. What he doesn’t realize is that fate is about to change everything.


Sometimes you have to lose parts of yourself to gain the stars, and Liam discovers that while it isn’t easy to literally lose parts of yourself to the pirates who attacked your home, gaining the stars is worth everything.


He and Nick are about to find out what the real world has to offer and they end up meeting exciting people along the way.

–It was Fun.


I also immediately read the sequel: FOOL ME ONCE
This was a quick read at only about 100 pages.

–Fun stuff

I like to brainstorm and outline stories while I am writing my current novel.


I have been planning a short story involving time travel and the outline I did yesterday became really awesome.

I believe the story is good enough to be a novel-length work.

This grew out of the greater collaboration I have been enjoying with other authors and writers groups.

I am really excited about this story.

There is a trap here:

When a good idea comes along it can be a distraction from the current work.

Today I will document the plot, characters, and setting for the new formal archive I have established.

–Good stuff!