WT 5 Next-to-Final

Yocum Editing WT5 Outside a Dunkin Donuts
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Yay! I just finished my next-to-last front-to-back edit of Welltower book five. As usual, I made margin notes in a printout of the book; now I will enter those into the computer, making changes as I go. Not too many, happily. Could finish it in one or two afternoons. Then off to the editor.

More changes will inevitably happen, which is good. I’m going to sit on this while it’s away and let it become new to me again before diving in for one final polish.

Thanks so much to you all for your support. And your patience. 🙂

50K Welltower Words Today

50 Welltower Words
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Today I passed 50K words in writing Welltower book 5. Parts of the book are polished to a sheen! Well on the way to September’s publication date!


Superfan’s Wiki

Welltower Logo Tower
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A superfan recently surprised me by creating a wiki from the first four books in the Welltower series. He reread the entire series cover-to-cover and pulled out character descriptions, backgrounds, chapter summaries, artwork and more, entering them by hand. Blew me away. Such a gift!

Check it out. I did and immediately started collaborating. Get your own ebook or print copy on Amazon and add your take.

Thank you, Ben!


Welltower Wiki Screenshot
Welltower Wiki

Fifteen Hundred Words — Welltower Book Five

Welltower 5 Cover
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Oof. Fifteen hundred hard-fought words today. I completely rewrote the climax to Welltower Book Five. The book is only at 43,000 words; quite a ways to go yet. Pretty exciting stuff. Next week I’ll dive into the unfinished chapters, and then on to the final polish. A few days ago I let out a few pages to some supporters, to very positive reviews. I think I’ll treat myself to dinner. 🙂

Benjamin Zander on Music and Passion

In this 2008 TED presentation, Benjamin Zander, conductor of the Boston Philharmonic, shares a life-changing realization that his job is to awaken the possibilities in others.

“It’s one of the characteristics of a leader that he not doubt for one moment the capacity of the people he’s leading to realize whatever he’s dreaming… The conductor depends, for his power, on his ability to make other people powerful… I realized my job was to awaken possibility in other people… And do you know how to find out (if you succeeded)? You look at their eyes. If their eyes are shining, you know you’re doing it… I have a definition of success. It’s not about wealth and fame and power. It’s about how many shining eyes are around you.”

Mothers Day 2017

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Card for my wife on Mothers Day. May all women get the respect God intends them to have today and always.