Man in the Window

The literary fiction short story anthology that our writing group has been working on for fifteen years is finally published.

You can find it on Amazon by clicking this link.

I would love to hear feedback after reading it. Let me know what you think. If anyone wants to do a book review of it, I would love it — good or bad.

Such effort, all those years, phew! I don’t know how it affects other authors when they finish their books, but it left a gap or hole in me. I turn and turn and look for The Man in the Window, but then realize it is done. After reorienting myself, I realize I have to learn how to write novel length stories. A whole new way of thinking. The three thousand word limit became… comfortable. It was like a broken-in housecoat that you wrap around yourself while sitting in your favorite chair. <Click> the gentle light from a reading lamp turns on and you sit with your steaming cup of tea and a good book. Ahhhh… all is good. BAM! the world you lived in for fifteen years explodes in all directions and you are floating in a void. Really, a void? Yep. How do I go about changing how I write so novels come into being? One keystroke at a time? Sure, they tell that to recovering alcoholics. What about me? In a way, I too was addicted. Addicted to the length and rhythm of the short — very short — story. How long is a chapter? Should I take time to do a lengthy description? Oh yes, character development. Oh hell, here comes dialogue.

As I sit here in the aftershocks of the completion of our fifteen year project, I float and think about what comes next. It will be groovy to go on this new journey that expands my story world to 120,000 words instead of a mere 3,000. What awaits?

Well, I am working on a fantasy series. Twelve books. Unlike those who live by writing, I write so I can live. I will finish at least three of the books before I seek publication if not the whole series. It should become easier with practice. I should have a handle on it by the end of book three. I hope I can pick up the pace and finish it before the next Mayan calendar runs out.

I hate it when authors start a series and then die before they finish. You know who I mean. I don’t want to do that to my readers. So… here is to writing faster.

I hope you enjoy The Man in the Window. I love the preface to the authors’ notes. The rest is pretty good, too. Thank you, Kevin.

About Kevin Pajak

Of the many, many things I have done, nothing compares to the excitement I feel when writing and playing with both language and theory. Although challenging at times, wordplay brings a special flavor to the universe and allows all of us to see in unique and magic ways. Playing with language--that beast that can never be tamed--gives me an unfettered, ever new vision of the world around. I want to share this love of the written word through the stories I write and the language I craft.
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