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Derek Siddoway

If there’s one thing I’ve learned since going public with my writing career last year, it’s that a lot of people just don’t understand passion. For many people, writing is an  unpleasant task associated with high school essays and college research projects. When people learn I’ve written a book, they’re usually a little stumped. Even if …

What’s your calling? Read More »

Last weekend, I had the opportunity to ditch civilization for four days and spend time backpacking in the High Uintas. We’ve all heard numerous times about the importance of taking a break from technology, but there’s an added element to it when you’re out of service and your phone only works as a camera and a …

Reflections from Red Castle Read More »

On any given weekend in August, you can turn on an NFL football game and watch players you’ve never heard of fighting tooth and nail to make their dreams a reality. Browse through Amazon, a physical book store or a literary magazine and you’ll see the same struggle going on. The fight might not be …

Why authors are better off than NFL players Read More »

Old laptop

Writing this post on my old, beat up laptop, I have a strange sense of nostalgia. Why? It’s the last piece of substantial writing I’ll ever produce on this machine. This past week, I finally decided to retire it. It’s been a good run, but it’s time to put the old girl out to pasture. …

A farewell to an old partner Read More »

It’s out of the ordinary for me to do a book review on my blog, but my good friend Ben was kind enough to send me a review copy of his self-publishing book, Shelf Help, and I’d prefer to write something a little more in-depth than an Amazon or Goodreads review. Let me preface this review …

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I expected there to be angels singing. And then I remembered what it was like when I finished the final draft of Out of Exile — a feeling and a time similar to tonight in fact. It’s 10:45 p.m. and, at 145,005 words, I’ve finished the rough draft for Book Two (sorry, no title yet!) of …

So close and yet so far away Read More »

My how time flies! Again, I apologize for my tardiness with this blog post — over the last three weeks I’ve been halfway across the U.S. by car and plane and spent more hours riding in a vehicle than I’d like to think. I went through Minnesota, Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, Utah and Colorado in the …

Keep Calm and Stay on Target Read More »

As I write this, I am listening to an episode of The  History Channel’s Vikings in the background.  Characters representing the historical figures of men such as Ragnar Lothbrok and King Ecbert talk about building kingdoms and cementing a legacy in the annals of time. I can’t help draw parallels between the Vikings and the …

Rome wasn’t built in a day: Forging an author empire Read More »

Greetings and salutations everyone! First of all, let me apologize for any issues you may experience accessing my site. I updated the theme and the css decided to make everything gigantic. We’re working to get things back to normal. I also want to apologize for my three week tardiness. Since I got home from vacation, …

Back in the saddle Read More »

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