Hot Summer

Hi everyone. I have to say it has been a bit warmer here in Dallas TX then I wanted it to be this summer. We have now gone over 100 at least the last two weeks. Not that this isn’t normal cause it is. I was hoping our rain cycle would continue from that last 7 years but I guess it is our time to have our multi year drought we had before 2015. I hope that everyone has been staying healthy.

As far as writing is concerned I have not been as diligent and on task as I should. Having trouble with the finish of my second novel “Stumphouse Mountain”. I am finding it more and more difficult to stay at home and write. It was much easier at our library or coffee shop. In an effort to force an ending to my story I am finding that I just can’t write anything I really want it to flow and bring focus so the reader feels they are a part of the story. At least that was what I liked about the novels I picked up growing up and at home now. If I can get a handle on the finish the first draft will be done and I will be able to rewrite a lot quicker than now. I also have several other outlines and story starts ready to write and I will probably start the third novel as I am rewriting the second, I really like the new story.

Good luck ro those writing and keep up the blogs and tweets I am loving to read. Stay successful and novel.

Love you all,


TD Walress intro blog sessions

Good day. Thank you for visiting my website and reading my first blog. Since this is the first of many I will write I would like to tell you a little more about how I started this novel and what my professional life entailed. I am not sure how many of you get your ideas from dreams but I dream very vividly. This novel started from a dream I had on October 16, 2016. I woke up and wrote down what I could remember from the dream and the next day started outlining what could be an actual story. I then spent the next 3 and half years writing the novel at a familiar coffee shop four or five days a week and another 2 years of editing and getting it published. The story was written for 4th or 5th grade, middle school and 9th, 10th as the main characters are in this age range. My background includes teaching, coaching, and administration in this age range of students. I have worked with all age levels of students and helped develop many programs for school districts in four states. Throughout my career my passion has always been to develop my students imaginations, personal growth and their ability to think independently, and make correct choices on their own with guidance from their parents and other important adults in their lives. For those of you who are just starting your writing career I commend you for the time, research and editing you will endeavor. But, all of it is worth it. I must say for this novel it has been a lot of fun and I thoroughly enjoyed writing the story. But I will let you know the most important element of the process is the editing. You must find the right editor and let them have total autonomy with the editing process. My editor was the best and I never rushed the process. I would like to stop my blog today and again thank you for taking your time to read it. Please tell me what your thoughts of the blog are and what you would like to hear more about in some future blogs. Respectfully, TD Walress