Neil O'Donnell

Neil O'Donnell

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Buffalo, New York, United States
Nationally certified career coach with expertise in writing résumés and cover letters for professionals around the world. 15+ years of focus helping new graduates find jobs.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Back on my feet

OK, so there I was, awake Monday morning.... and I couldn't hear out of my right ear! Went to the doc, had the bloody thing fixed (all is well). For some reason, that got my writing juices flowing (hearing problems solve writer's block?). Anyway, writing 3 books at once, and things are starting to finally move at a good pace. As for the immediate future, I have a few short stories that will be published in an anthology later this summer. The stories are part of the historical backdrop of PEOPLE OF THE SWORD. As for this July, I am aiming to provide daily updates on each of the three books I am writing. They include:

1) Vlara's Song
2) Rise of the Celts
3) Calling Wren, Fallen Squirrel

The 1st two are a part of the "realm" of PEOPLE OF THE SWORD. The third book (Calling Wren) is a historical fiction novel detailing native american Iroquois populations during the early contact period (I am incorporating my archaeological research into that one).

I hope you enjoy the coming blog posts. As always, comments/feedback appreciated. Take care.

Neil

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Beating Writer's Block

OK, so I've had a bit of writer's block. Not in the sense that I don't have ideas, but in the sense that when I sit done to type my thoughts out, I get distracted. I finally found a solution. I have reverted back to hand writing everything and then typing things out. In a few days, I've written more than in the past few months. I feel like I'm back in college.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Back from trip to Germany

I spent the last two weeks in Germany. Aside from a few luggage snaffus and a airline strike that made it necessary to suddenly change flight plans right before leaving for home, all went amazingly. Germany is such a beautiful country, as are its citizens. Friendly atmosphere, good food, great friends and a rich history that included the Neanderthal museum, castles and a number of magnificent churches (visiting the churches with the remains of the three Magi as well as the church containing Christ's Tunic were especially moving). On top of all this, I was able to break thru on some stumbling blocks I was facing in my writing. Additionally, I submitted a book on study techniques for college students, which my publsiher is planning to publish. I will update everyone as the book gets closer to publication.

As for the next novel in the series, I made a critical breakthrough on a serious problem. How was I to balance the power of the sword versus its enemies. I believe I worked it out so the coming conflicts will be more realistic and add obstacles for the heroes.

I am also now working on a stand-alone novel (historical fiction) about the Iroquoian peoples that occupied western New York about 500 years ago (the Erie). The storyline has been mapped out and the character list generated. Chapter 1 is almost complete. My hope is to have Vlara's Song and this historical fiction manuscript (currently titled CALLIN WREN, FALLING SQUIRREL) compeklted by mid summer. Here's hoping. Take care.