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The blog of Robert Aston Jones, retired biologist and writer, can be found on his website, ROBERTASTONJONES.SQUARESPACE.COM


Robert Aston Jones

I have a confession to make: A couple of posts ago I said I was finished editing. I lied. I re-read Anchor four more times! However, this time, I am done. Finished. Kaput. I’m sure Anchor still has a few tweaks I should have made, a typo or two, a wrong tense here and there, etc., BUT I AM DONE. My next blog entry, which should only be days away, will announce publication.

If you haven’t already done so, read my previous blog entry, which contains a teaser about my book.

Robert Aston Jones

Writing is hard. So VERY hard. Case in point: Below you will read what (I hope) is the final version of the “blurb” I will have printed on the back cover of my book…which, by the way, will be titled “Anchor.” I have written, read, rewritten, modified, started over, rethunk, decided it stunk, etc, etc, etc, a hundred times…and probably more.

If you read this blog entry in the next few days, you will be one of the first to get a glimpse of my book.

Blake Turner and Ava Bechtel are opposites in every way.

Blake is American. Ava is German.

They come from different continents, and live in different worlds.

Blake, a reclusive Wall Street accountant, lives a private life, his face hidden in the shadows. Ava, the most popular actress on Broadway, lives a public life. Her face graces the cover of every tabloid; her reviews fill the pages of every newspaper.

Circumstances keep them apart. Fate brings them together. And Love keeps them together.

Until two deadly storms—one man-made, and one nature-made—tear them apart.

Will their love survive? Or will the storms destroy them both?

Robert Aston Jones

Okay! I’m finished reading and editing. No, really. I PROMISE I am! Now I’m ready to publish — which turns out to be a little more involved than I thought it would be. But it shouldn’t be much longer.

Robert Aston Jones

I promised I would read it one more time and publish it. Well, I decided to read it twice. Almost finished, so I hope to start jumping through the hoops to get it published (probably through Amazon) within the next few weeks.

Robert Aston Jones

Well, summer is here. And I’m making progress. Still on track to get something “out there” by the end of summer.

Robert Aston Jones

Two posts in one day. Don’t get used to it. However, In an effort to move forward with my writing and publishing, I vow, from this day forward, to add an entry to my blog every week—unless I accomplish something significant in my writing efforts, or something significant happens in my life, in which case I’ll add an entry even sooner. So, check back…and check back often.

(This post is a companion to the one below, so be sure to read it, too.)

Robert Aston Jones

Wowzer. Has it been that long?

Allow me to apologize. And explain. I have mentioned several times that I have become a care-giver. I wasn’t going to discuss my personal life in this blog, but, since it has had a tremendous impact on my writing’s timeline, I feel I owe you an explanation. I promise to keep it short.

My wife’s physical—and, now, as I’m painfully aware, mental—condition has trended down for the past ten years. She is now living in a nursing home (and has been since October of last year), which is where I spend a great deal of my time.

Well, I promised to keep it short. So…that’s all I’ll say. At least for now.

As for the novel I’ve been plugging away on? It’s not perfect…and never will be. Nonetheless, I will read through it one more time and publish it, warts and all. This time, THAT’S A PROMISE. It WILL be published by the end of summer…and hopefully much sooner. (Unless it’s not published by the end of summer. I’ve learned that life can throw us some major curve balls.)

Robert Aston Jones

Yes, it’s been a long time since I blogged. And almost as long since I did any work on my book. Long story short: as I mentioned in previous blog entries, I’ve been a 24/7 caregiver for quite a long time, and, for all practical purposes, I continue to be. I’ll spare you the details; let’s just say I’ve had zero free time for many months.

Robert Aston Jones

Four months since my last entry. I’m sure you think I’m lazy, undisciplined, etc., but nothing could be farther from the truth. Well, not lazy, anyway. Within days of my last entry, my wife had gall bladder surgery, and a week or two after that had the first of two strokes (or stroke-like events). Ever since then, I have been a 24/7 care-giver. So, that’s where I am right now. Still here…working on my book…and getting closer and closer to publishing it.

Robert Aston Jones

Again, two and a half months since my last entry. Believe it or not, I HAVE been working on my novel, AND, THIS TIME, I PROMISE IT WILL BE RELEASED SOON. VERY SOON. Road trips, of which there have been several; family illnesses, of which there have been more than I wish to admit; and a few other things...not the least of which has been a reluctance to serve a cake that's not completely baked. Well, I think I've baked this cake about as good as I'm capable of, so I'll be serving it very soon. (I honestly think you'll find the wait more than worth it.)

Robert Aston Jones

It's been three months since my last entry. Actually, three and a half months. But who's counting? Multiple trips to Nashville, TN to visit my new granddaughter, the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays (and all they entailed), basic house/homework, and two weeks literally removed from the calendar by the 2018 Winter Olympics. Well, I'm back! (But, then again, March Madness is just around the corner.)

Robert Aston Jones

Sorry. A lot has happened since my last entry. Took a 3-week road trip to Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks, and I've been dealing with several disasters (relatively minor, thank goodness...but expensive and time-consuming nonetheless) ever since I've been back home. Hopefully the disasters, and the time and money drains, are behind me and I can focus more of my time on getting on with my writing and publishing.

Robert Aston Jones

I regret there is but one of me. I have a to-do list that could keep me...and a staff of 20...busy for years to come. Unfortunately, I only have a staff of 3: Me, Myself, and I. As a result of the fact that we can only work on one thing at a time, combined with the fact that we have a limited amount of energy, we don't get much done. Our to-do list grows faster than our done-did list.

Robert Aston Jones

It's been two months since my last entry. Now, don't take that to mean I haven't been working. A couple of days ago I created the cover for my book, and, barring an unforeseen catastrophe, I hope to have it published by the end of August. I say that because I'm going on vacation in September, and I want this behind me.

Robert Aston Jones

If you look up synonyms for edit, you (should) find: Backspace, backspace, backspace. Rewrite. Backspace, backspace, backspace. Rewrite again. Backspace, backspace, backspace, Rewrite again. Repeat the above procedure ad nauseam.

Robert Aston Jones

Please forgive me. Tax time (among other things), and the discovery that so many passages in my novel need so much work, have again delayed me. But I promise it's coming...and it will come soon. I also promise the delay will be worth the wait.

Meanwhile, if you haven't already been there, check out my Freebies page.

Robert Aston Jones

Goodness, how time flies! I would say more, but I don't know what more to say. Other than the fact I've done two more reads of the novel I had hoped to publish by the end of last year...and then by the end of January...and now by the end of February. And I'll probably do one more read. But I promise it's coming. After all, I know I have to "let go of it" at some point and share it with others. 

Robert Aston Jones

When I last made a blog entry, I said my life had settled down a bit. As it turned out, December proved to be anything and everything ... EXCEPT a settled month. (We lost our grandson just before Christmas.) Everett was only with us for 11 weeks, but we all grew to love him dearly.

It's now January. A new month. The start of a new year. A time for New Year's Resolutions.

My primary resolution is to publish at least one of my books. So come back in late January or early February. 

Also, if you haven't already done so, visit my "Freebies" page, where you will find some examples of my work, including a short story set in the latter days of the American Civil War. And please feel free to click on the envelope at the top of the page and send me a short note of encouragement or criticism. ... constructive criticism is preferred, but all criticism will be taken into consideration..

Robert Aston Jones

Has it been two months already? How time flies! In some respects (thought not all), my life has settled down a bit. I've also done a couple more re-reads of my novel since my last blog entry. As much as I'd like to continue making it better and better, I think the time has come to learn the intricacies of publication...after one more re-read. I know I can't make it perfect, but I do want to make it better.

As for my grandson, he's still in the Vanderbilt NICU. Again, a long story, but not a story for this blog. At least, not at this time.

If you haven't already done so, visit my "Freebies" page, where you will find some examples of my work, including a short story set in the latter days of the American Civil War. Also, feel free to click on the envelope at the top of the page and send me a short note of encouragement or criticism...constructive criticism being preferred..

Robert Aston Jones

It was my intention for this blog to be about my writing projects, but, as I've hinted in prior entries, life happens. Literally! My son Lee and daughter-in-law Elizabeth delivered (again, literally) a new life yesterday, shortly after noon. Everett, at 5 lbs 13 oz, is presently in Vanderbilt Hospital's NICU and will probably be there for about 2 months. Long story. Not for my blog. At least, not today's blog. But I had to share this with you. As you can read on my "About Me" page, I now have 3 grandchildren. Dang! Three grandchildren, and zero books published! My life is out of balance! Or is it? Family first!!!!!

If you haven't already done so, visit my "Freebies" page, where you will find some examples of my work, including a short story set in the latter days of the American Civil War.