Thoughts, News, Rants and Other Orcutt Writings for Readers

The Role of Scaffolding in Writing a Long Novel

I’m currently 250,000 words into a novel that looks like it will go to 300,000 words. It could go as…

WANTED: A 21st Century Author Promoter

I love writing. I love sitting down with half a dozen fresh Blackwing 602 pencils, sharpening them to a razor…

The Ronald And Other Plays: A Political Satire of How Trump Won the Presidency

Today I’m pleased to announce the release of The Ronald And Other Plays, a collection that includes five short plays and…

New Year, New Work

Back in December I released the latest installment in the Dakota Stevens Mystery Series, The Perfect Triple Threat. I spent most…

The Writer with the Master Number Clears the Deck

Two years ago, when I released the 3rd Dakota Stevens installment, I read one of those rare books that gave…

Only Have Time for Essentials

“At 46 one must be a miser; only have time for essentials.” — Virginia Woolf, diary, 3/22/1928 I stumbled upon…