A Longing to Write

Sooner or later, most people develop a desire to write. Has this happened to you? If so, what have you done about it?

I started writing for our third-grade news bulletin at the age of eight. It was a science-fiction story, whose name I still remember: The Unknown Element. When I was in grad school, I published an article in the Carnegie-Mellon student newspaper, The Tartan, that showed the number of different chess games was hugely larger than the number of atoms in the known universe. Anyone care to play?

Later, I wrote a poem for Kay when we were “going steady.” It was entitled The Passion of the Nero Stallion…whinny, nicker, trumpet, snort! :). Speaking of Kay, her first novel, The Watch on the Fencepost, is now being published by CrossLink. Hooray for her! In fact, it just came out on amazon.com for pre-order. More information is available at http://www.kaydibianca.com.

Since then, I’ve written three, as yet unpublished, books, a novella about a young physicist and his family entitled In Praise of Mrs. White, a long, sci-fi thriller called The Centaur about a cosmic event that changes the earth and society,  and a contemporary romance called (name withheld). The latter story is now in its final draft and is targeted for publication in 2019.

That’s enough about us. We’d like to hear about you. So drop in and tell us about what you have written or hope to write someday.


  • (I received the following comment)

    What a great idea for a book. I’m anxious to read it.

    Good luck on your publication. I know it will be a hit.

    Flora Samuels


  • Hi, Flora. Thanks for your kind comment. I’m just now preparing the fourth draft of the manuscript for review by my editor. If all goes well, I hope it will be published fairly early next year—we shall see :).


  • I have three different series going on also. One is a historical romance, one a contemporary romance, and one a romance/mystery. Hmm, there’s a pattern here! I find it amazing when a sheet of paper or screen goes from blank–to a story! One minute there’s nothing there–and then the story pours (or sometimes trickles!) out. Writing is amazing!


    • Y’know, Barbara, when you think about it, romance is a celebration of love. What better subject is there to write about (not that I’m biased about this :)). Your description of how writing transforms a sheet of paper reminds me of what Michelangelo (I think it was he) said about sculpture: he thought the finished work was already in the block of marble—He just had to chisel it out! How cool is that!


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