As I sit in my favorite chair, drinking coffee and working on my current novel, I realize I’ve been truly blessed in 2018. I have a loving family, great friends, a supportive writers group, and the ability to write.

Writing never came easy to me. In fact, it had been elusive to me. A foreign concept. One I didn’t start until 2011. Before then I watched moves, read books, and traveled the world as a Navy …

I’ve come across many stories in my life, but never wrote them down. Then one day back in 2011 a fellow Master Chief, Herb Kelton, challenged me to write a book. At first, I declined. But the more I let the idea stew, the thoughts started to rattle into my head so much, I had no choice but to write them down.

Four months later I completed the first draft. Not great, but a start. The second draft looked better, but still not right. Then I got a publisher, woohoo, I’m done, right?

Not even close. The publisher appointed me an editor and we started the process of change, aka, edit, aka, hell. But after several months of going back and forth, the story that started in my head became a polished reality.

I’ve written several more books over the years and endured the same process, albeit a little less painful. As writers, we grow, we learn, we get better. Whatever you’ve accomplished in 2018, I hope 2019 is better. Happy writing.


Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.



James Glass retired from the United States Navy after 22 years of service. After retiring, he exchanged his rifle for a pen. He and his family moved back to the Florida Panhandle. He’s married and has two children. James is also the President of the Panhandle Writer's Group.

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