FREE book, THE DEACON, brought to you live from beautiful downtown Witch Well, Arizona.

THE DEACON is the title of my NANOWRIMO effort.

I will be posting it on this blog as I write. The first three or four days will be long because I have over 8000 words written already. Once we are caught up you will get my (hopefully) daily writings IN THE ROUGH for your perusal.

I beg you to comment. Plus or minus comments. Please try to make them constructive comments. Don’t worry about typos. We are looking at a story, a narrative, so your comments concerning plot, characters, events, actions, etc. are what I would appreciate.

I will post each days writing (on days I write) the next morning.

Tell you friends and enemies about this great FREE offer.

Be blessed and keep writing.


Nano is just around the corner. Next Sunday the month of November begins as does Nano. 50,000 words in 30 days. 1667 words a day. That’s like 6.2 pages double spaced each day. For you ladies, that’s not even a good love letter. For the men, it’s not even a fair length for a fish story, or as us sailors are want to say, a sea story.

My mind has been plotting THE DEACON for two months now and i am ready to write. The opening is written at 8061 words and when i add the 50k words it will be a fair sized book ready to edit, rewrite, edit, rewrite and then format for followed by Kindle. Smashwords will also get a set up and the sales will begin and i will be RICH beyond my wildest dreams, which is my wildest dream.

So, don’t just sit there. WRITE. starting at 0001, next Sunday, and don’t quit until the coffee runs out except to change the CD in the player. Ah, yes, Beethoven and Handel. It always amazes me how much i can write during the Hallelujah Chorus or the 5th. Not booze, symphony.

First one to 50k is done, as long as it’s before 2400 30 November 2015.

Be blessed.

PS: Daylight savings time ends when Nano begins for all you whose legislatures think they can cut some off one end and add it to the other and have a longer summer.

Nanowrimo and me

Today is 10/17/15. Only 15 more days until the beginning of Nanowrimo, Nano for short. It has been my pleasure to play with this group challenge for the past three years and be a winner each year. That isn’t to say it has been easy.

Out of the Nano challenge has come three books which took much longer than 30 days to get ready for the press.

What is Nano? The month of November and 50,000 words. The challenge is to write 50,000 words in November. 1667 words per day is all it takes. That’s only 6 1/2 page of double spaced manuscript. Sounds easy doesn’t it? It is if you can put your butt in a chair every day and write.

November is always a horror story for me. It seems the whole world gangs up on me. The first year, a group I work with renewed some roofs up in Hopi land for six days. I would drag myself into bed every night after pounding on my keyboard as long as I could see the keys, maybe an hour. My right hand man fell off a roof and planted face first in the dirt. I spent two days with him while we found a surgeon to repair his face and another to fix a busted wrist in one trip to the OR. As he moaned on the bed in the motel, I wrote. While he was in with the doctor, I wrote. When I got home, I wrote like crazy.

Thanksgiving weekend always gets in the way. Last year I got to spend the weekend with a son and his family. We had something like 20 people for dinner, Ball family tradition is invite everyone with an emphasis on those who might have no place to go. Early in the morning, I wrote. Late into the night, I wrote. The week after my wife and I had the privilege of baby sitting the four kids while mom and dad went on a retreat. I wrote sitting in the car after school, outside the dentist office, in the parking lot at the ballet studio, and the most fun, during a recital.

Two years ago November ended with a crash. The 29th was an open day on my calendar. I wrote. I wrote over 7,000 words to finish my 50,000. I took my wife to the ER the next morning and spent the day in peace only because of my faith and the fact that I wrote the day before.

There is a common complaint among writers. “Where can I find time?” I wrote on the highway up in Hopi land awaiting a load of materials. Got a couple hundred great words done in the hour I waited. Boy, did they need editing.

Sign up at and get to writing. I challenge you.

That’s better than Christmas

I had a whole week with nothing scheduled except at trip to Flagstaff to visit my wife’s doctor. She went in and I read People magazine (Barf), the only thing available.

Went to the mall and people watched while my wife went shopping in Dillards. I filled five pages in my notebook of incidents and activities that went on around me. Gals dressed modestly to indecent went by. A Chinese couple were lost and could not communicate what their need was. Finally, a very authoritative woman came and took them away, speaking to them in fluent Chinese of some kind. The best was the sitting in the “Guys Spot,” the easy chairs mid mall, and the variety of their waiting techniques.

I wonder how much of the five pages I’ll be able to use in one of my future books?

Write on!