Show and tell is still cool, or a progress report on my novel writing process

Audio recording of the post, “Show and tell is still cool, or a progress report on my novel writing process”

Thank you for joining me today, I wanted to show you something I am really proud of.

My Novel

This is my novel propped up on my desk.

This is a picture of my novel propped on my desk in its current state

After I finished penning edits into its pages I tore its covers off.

Each chapter gets torn from the spine so it is easier to work with. I bind the book with an elastic that I got from a Christmas present from 2020.

This is a picture of the novel’s chapters fanned out as they are torn from the spine

My edit process

I use Vim to implement the pen edits into the text file.

Vim text editor showing a section Chapter 37 of Without Power

This is a git message showing that a commit has been made to the repo where the book lives.

Git commit message for Chapter 40

The sticky on the front, I use it to tally the chapter edits that have gone into the repo. I have committed 40 chapters into the repo. I have 10 more chapter edits left to implement into the repo.

Tally mark tracker of chapter edits implemented into the repo

My bookmark and letter of encouragement

This is a letter I wrote to myself. I use as a bookmark, it reminds me that as long as I keep moving forward I’ll have someone there to support me. It shows my Po Box address, you are welcome to write me anytime.

PO BOX 3721
SLC, UT 84110

This is a picture of me showing the envelope that holds my letter with my po box address

This is what the letter looks like:

Cursive letter from Alix, to Alixander

The letter reads,


Thank you, first of all, for taking the time to read my letter. I know you took great pains to make time for it.

The reason for my writing is to let you know that I greatly admire you for having the first printed proof on your desk. I feel great pride in knowing that you put in the time to get your words onto the printed page. Truly proud.

Now I know that creativity is difficult, there are so many easier things you could do with your time. But I am here to tell you, for absolute certian [sic], that it is the best use of your time. Now, don’t mistake me for saying that writing is the best use of your time. I said being creative. Creativity comes in many forms, and I hope you wouldn’t limit yourself to thinking only one art is the best for you. All creative expression is important to the… gods, as it were.

Again, I am grateful for you putting in the time and making use of your desire and interest to write Without Power. Really, super cool!

Please know I am here when ever you need an encouraging and compassionate friend.

Yours, truly, your biggest fan,



Wrap up

Well that’s what I wanted to share with you today. I am really proud of where I am at so far and I can hardly believe that I am almost done with getting the edits into the text.

Once I am done with the edits, I will be recording me reading the chapters for the audio book.

And then after that, I will be putting my book up for sale.

So yeah, thank you letting me share and for stopping by. I hope to have you stop by again soon.

[Friday Feature] Introducing Friday Feature, a new series about our readership’s content

Audio recording of the post, “[Friday Feature] Introducing Friday Feature, a new series about our readership’s content”

Today we are going to be kicking off a new weekly series just for Fridays on I hope you are on the edge of your seat for this.

We are going to call it Friday Feature, and how it works is I am going to pick, at random, a visitor that has engaged with this site and write about their content.

Neat, right? Well, I thought so too.

So without further ado.

Today’s Friday Feature

For the very first in the series, I wanted to feature one of my recent commenters, Ariquater, of Sofhaallow.

They write a science and technology blog. And you can check it out here.

One thing I learned from their blog is that Palm Trees are actually herbs and not trees. Kind of crazy considering how big of an herb they are.

Feature Wrap up

Well, dear readers, that was short. But this was a first go at Friday Feature and so I had to see how it rolled out.

Also, I spent my morning budget learning little factoids from Ariquater – like facts about the planets.

I hope you like this new series, drop a like if you do. And If you don’t, then tell me I am scammer or something in the comments below.

Either way, maybe you might get featured too.

This blog’s current follower goal and your role in that, there’s more to it than just subscribing

Audio recording of the post, ‘This blog’s current follower goal and your role in that, there’s more to it than just subscribing’

It should be fairly clear at this point that is a fledgling podcast/blog with aspirations. And right now my goal is to hit 100 followers by the end of the year.

As of right now this blog has 84 wordpress followers and 2 email followers. I have no idea if people get more value from being a wordpress follower or an email subscriber. I guess what matters is that people are getting the message.

Discussing followers and stats begs the question: why does this blog want followers? And why should you follow this blog?

Well, those are some great questions to explore and so let’s get into it.

Why this blog wants followers

Jokingly, the first answer that came to mind is that the author is an egotistical, self-centered human being who measures success by an arbitrary metric…

But for real, though. Why this blog wants others to follow is because I stongly believe in the message it aims to share, that the core message is worth pursuing, and that those who follow this blog will benefit from it.

What is the core message of this blog

Be Great.

Simple as that.

For me, this stands as a personal ensign, a banner or standard, for me to aspire to.

For you, this stands as a challenge for you to do the same.

And as I pursue what it means to Be Great in my own life, a part of that is to share a great meassge with others. This blog, and my commitment to furthering its message, stands as my earnest desire to help you find the encouragement, tools, and knowledge you need to Be Great in your own way. 

Why you should follow this blog

Well, as I said, I am earnestly pursuing what it means to Be Great and this blog wants you to join in on that journey. The way I am pursuing that core message is by reading what others have written before, implementing their ideas into my own life, and sharing the results here on this blog. If that resonates with you and you see that as the right way to self-growth and personal mastery (learn, do, share), then you should join in the journey by following the blog.

As such, I believe that as we are striving upwards, towards  what it means to Be Great, each of us will benefit from seeing how we pursue how to Be Great. Each of us has our own life, with its own set of circumstances, and what I have discovered is that when you share how you overcome, when you share what you have achieved and when you stay committed, the results are incredible.

Instead of relegating all of my personal accomplishments as a tour-de-force of why you should follow this blog, which might be fun another day,  I want to end this here with an invitation

Be Great.

If you believe in pursuing that message and you haven’t made the mental commitment yet, scroll to the bottom of the page and hit the follow button or drop your email in the subscribe. And let’s continue together on our journey to… you guessed it, Be Great.