Listen to my Short Story "The Forest Trail"

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

1 Month of Writing Everyday

It's already March 1st tomorrow!!! How the heck did those first two months of 2017 already go by? I am trying to finish a novel and I've discovered an amazing truth. I think I discovered it a long time ago and probably even blogged about it, but it's this. When people say to write every day they are giving you the best advice. Even if you're only able to write for five minutes! I usually write in chunks of an hour or more whenever I happen to stumble upon free time. This means I don't actually write very often. Because of this, every time I do write I need to remind myself of where I was in my story. I found out while traveling last weekend that writing every day gives you one major advantage. You can pick up right where you left off the day before because it's still fresh in your mind.

Write Everyday even if it's just for a few minutes!

We drove from our hometown of Spokane Washington to Portland Oregon. Fresh off of six plus hours of driving I crashed for a little while on the hotel bed next to my wife. It was so nice to rest. I had written the day before but didn't expect to get any writing done on this trip. I pulled out my phone and brought up the latest chapter I was working on. Then, for like 15 minutes, I busted out a ton of words. They just flowed. It was so awesome! I didn't get a ton of writing done, but I guarantee that I will get more words down per month if I get in the habit of writing everyday than if I write when large chunks of time find me. So join me in my goal of writing everyday this March!

I'm going to try and make this calendar RED!

Friday, February 17, 2017

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger | Book Review

I really enjoyed this book. I laughed a ton! Holden Caufield, the main character, cracks me up. He would be fun to hang out with. I love his sense of humor even though he spends much of this story lonely and depressed. I'm never a fan of authors using a ton of profanity but it just works in this book and makes the main characters voice that much more authentic. If swearing bothers you, though, you probably won't enjoy this book. 

I can't say much about the story. There's not much there. A kid flunks out of college and takes a little trip just bumming around until he goes back home. The way it is told though was fantastic. It's told in first-person, so the protagonist is the narrator. The voice is insanely authentic. It just flows like the kid is sitting across from you telling you the story. I can see why people might hate this book or find it pointless because there's not much story there, but I found it to be an incredibly enjoyable character study. The voice J.D. Salinger pulls off in this novel is prodigious. 

It's not easy to make it come off so natural; like someone is just talking to you telling you their story. I can see why this book is considered a classic for the reasons I've listed above. I mostly read Science Fiction and Fantasy adventures. This book was so different. It was a refreshing palate cleanser. I'm glad I finally picked it up to see what it was all about. Now I know who Holden Caulfield is! I've heard that name many times but never knew who he was. Now I do and in a big way because this book fleshes him out brilliantly. He's the main character of this book. He's a kid who needs to figure his life out and become an adult, but he doesn't want to. Not because he's immature, but because he wants to hold on to the innocence of childhood. He was an awesome character to get to know. You get to know him really well as a very unique and likable person over the course of the story. It was a pleasure to read.

Get the book on Amazon (Affiliate Link):
The Catcher in the Rye

Learn more about the author:

Friday, February 10, 2017

Dan Dan The Art Man's Book Reviews | Episode 57
Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King

Download the .mp3

In this 57th episode, I review the book "Mr. Mercedes" by Stephen King. It's the first book in his Bill Hodges trilogy. Listen to hear why I loved this book, especially in audio format. Will Patton narrated the audiobook and did an outstanding job. 

Buy the Book on Amazon (Affiliate Link):
Mr. Mercedes: A Novel (The Bill Hodges Trilogy)

Check out the author's website:

Music Attribution:
Music by Kevin MacLeod at
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

Visit my website:

Support the show AND get a free audiobook!

Audiobook Pick-of-the-Week:

Mr. Mercedes: A Novel (Affiliate Link)
Written by Stephen King
Narrated by Will Patton

This episode of Dan Dan The Art Man's Book Reviews has been brought to you by Audible. Visit for a free trial membership.

Audible Free Trial Details

Get an audiobook of your choice, free, with a 30-day trial. After the trial, your paid membership will begin at $14.95 per month. With your membership, you will receive one credit every month, good for any audiobook on Audible.

Cancel anytime, effective the next monthly billing cycle. Cancel before your trial ends and you will not be charged. Check out the full terms and policies that apply to Audible membership.

Twitter |
Instagram |
Google + |

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Back From Vacation, Back to Writing

The picture above is one I took with my iPhone of a beautiful beach cove looking out into the Pacific Ocean in San Diego. I was just on vacation in SanDiego for about a week. I didn't get any writing done then as we were going nonstop from morning till night. It was a lot of fun. I love my family. The other pic below is of some awesome sea lions at La Jolla Cove in San Diego. While we were in seventy-degree weather it was dumping snow back at home. It was nice to get away for a while.

Now that I'm back my novel "Ghost Hunting Realtor" is coming along. The little meter in the upper right of this website is slowly filling up as I write more chapters. If you want to be an Alpha Reader feel free to check out the first draft of the novel as I post it chapter by chapter over at Wattpad. I do go through and give each chapter an edit, but now that I've finally learned story structure I'm not needing to go back and fix the story. Just the grammar and the way I describe things here and there. I also find a lot of funny typos made from using speech to text to write. I use my iPhone to transcribe my speech into text on the fly. It works surprisingly well but sometimes makes for some interesting word mix-ups. It's an incredibly fast way to write, though! Way faster than typing. I still prefer typing but speech to text is the fastest way to write and produces great dialog I can't seem to get on the keyboard. 

We also go to visit Legoland! That was really fun. I... er uh I mean - our kids had a lot of fun seeing all the amazing stuff made out of legos :) It was a fun trip to remember. Now I'm back shoveling snow and slapping words onto the screen to get the first draft of my novel written. I hope 2017 is treating you well. Thanks for stopping by!