As one manuscript closes, another opens.

As the writing of one book ends, others start to push forward, competing for time and space in my already overcrowded head. It has been tempting to start on another manuscript before this current one is as finished as I can make it. I have seen many references by other writers who do that. Leaving one unfinished work for another. I suppose for some it is a method of dealing with writer's block. For others a way of putting some distance between…

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Writing In The Gulf of Panama

Some days it feel as if years have passed since I have been at sea, yet in reality it has been just a few months. This morning, as I warmed up for my days work with a third coffee, I looked at the track of my last voyage to see where I was last year on this day. I was three days out of Archipelago De Las Perlas, and one hundred and twenty miles west of Buenaventura, Colombia. I was fighting a…

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When is enough enough?

When is enough enough? How often have we read that in writers and editors blogs? I remember years ago sitting on a friends yacht, looking around at the interior and wondering when he was going to finish it. A clamp and a wire coat hanger held the single burner stove was in place. The three small draws from an old Singer sowing machine table formed the only closed storage. Piles of books and magazines were held in place by bungy cord. I…

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