J. Allen Wolfrum is a fiction author and former Marine based in San Diego, California.

 

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Stumbling in the Right Direction and Finding a Theme

Stumbling in the Right Direction and Finding a Theme

Writing:

I hesitate to say it, but I think I'm finally on the right track. I wrote five chapters and was very nervous about the direction. I had my first line editor, a.k.a. the beautiful bride read it before moving forward. She has a great sense for distinguishing between works and doesn't work. The first five chapters I wrote got a thumbs up from the beautiful bride. I think things are finally settling into place.

All that's left is turning blank pages into chapters. Nothing to it, should be a breeze :)

Reading:

I finished A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami and really enjoyed the storytelling. The book felt like a literary novel with just a touch of science fiction thrown into the mix. I'm not sure I fully understood the ending and I'm sure there's a bigger theme under the surface that I'm missing. Overall, I was pleasantly surprised and am looking forward to reading more from Haruki Murakami.

The next book I'm reading is  The Naturalist by Andrew Mayne. Based on the Amazon description, I'm expecting a Sci-Fi thriller about a computational biology professor who solves the murder of a student. We'll see how it goes.

Life:

All is good on the Catranch. Rich and Pam continue to enjoy their sunspots. Everything runs smooth as long as the humans follow the rules, which reminds me, I need to get cat food on the way home from work today.

The Future:

1. Stop Rambling and Find a Theme

I enjoy writing the blog every week but the writing and life sections are tough. Not that I don't have stuff to write about but I'm unsure about what to share. I think the root cause of my angst is that there isn't a theme to the posts. I need to be able to finish the phrase, "This is a blog about ... for ... ". For example, "This is a blog about writing for aspiring writers." Anyway, I'll figure it out. 

For the next few weeks, I'm going to experiment with the format and try to come up with a clear theme for blog that I'm comfortable with, that makes sense, and hopefully is entertaining.

Happy Tuesday!

-jerad

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