Michael J. McDonagh

An established writer who recently went to work becoming an author, trying valiantly to make someone give a damn and chronicling the process.


The details of my life are inconsequential…

Dr. Evil aside, I am in the process of querying and publishing my first (publishable) novel. Assuming that will go well, I need to have a handle on this whole web-presence thing. Since there is a painful amount of waiting involved in the process, I’m killing some of that time (and venting some of my anxiety) by combining the two. I’m here getting my feet wet and providing my thoughts about the process at the same time. I hope you enjoy or find something here helpful.

The posts on this blog will fall into three general categories. Querying (although I’ve done little, I’ve researched the crap out of it for about a year); Writing and Editing (and my jihad against absolutism and “rules”); and Law for Writers (where my day job and this endeavor meet).

13 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Michael, I look forward to following along on your journey to fame & fortune (no, really!). Fight the good fight, brother!

  2. Michael, sorry to ask this here I didn’t see an email address. I don’t post mine either. Are you interested in participating in the Writing Process Blog Tour? I have to pass it on to two people. It’s on weekends, and mine is next weekend. Contact me at ColdhandBoyackgmailcom.

  3. As I was reading an interesting blog that came up while researching the road to good writing, I realized I was reading words written by an old college roommate of mine. One that was lost to time and distance and maybe even a small portion of laziness but not to memory. Good to see that mug, even if it does contain years of wear much like my own. KA

    • Oh my fucking God.

      I am wearing the goofiest, ear-to-shiteating ear grin you could imagine right now. E-mail soon to follow.

      It’s a little surprising either of us can remember much of anything.

  4. Hi Michael. Good to find you here on WordPress. Both of us seem to be on a journey let’s hope we both get where we want to be!

  5. bacchustown on said:

    Hello Michael. Good looking site, nice work here. I enjoyed your breakdown of categories versus genre, and I am looking forward to reading your thoughts on the art of query. I have a writer’s blog on WordPress also but I am still struggling with setup.

    John Pierce
    AKA – Christopher Sly

  6. bacchustown on said:

    Hello Michael. Good looking site. I enjoyed your article on the difference between genre and category, and I am looking forward to reading your thoughts on the art of query. I have a writer’s blog on WordPress also but I am still struggling with set up. Thanks for sharing, and thank you for the inspiration.

  7. William Charles ("Chuck") Blackburn III on said:

    Hi Michael!
    It is nice to read your observations and conclusions.
    God bless you.

    • Kent Adams on said:

      Hey Mike, Like the page! It looks very professional. Hope you are doing well. As for me, I have been traveling the road marked “Challenge”! I think the last time we talked I was in Utah (Snowbird) ready for some epic skiing. Well, Day 1 the conditions were less than optimal and I wrecked my damn knee. Spent the next 6 days watching other people ski from the lodge window. A recent MRI revealed I tore the inside meniscus “horn” and have been gimping along for almost 4 months now. My new job of 3 years, traveling all over the East Coast fixing Heat Wheels for the East Indians, came to an end at the beginning of April. A dramatic finish with a messed up job in Alexandria, MN., major equipment failure with angry customer. That was fun! I’ve been seriously thinking about moving to Colorado to grow some “lowly dental floss”. All Challenge induced cynicism aside, I have a tip for you – Don’t Get Old! A good old friend of mine used to tell me “It is not for p……s “. And he was right. Since it looks like I have been forced into some kind of retirement, I’ve been taking classes for Options Trading on Wall street and seem to have found a new talent. Something I can do at home with one good leg, haha! Also back to working on book ideas by writing little essays. Practice, Practice! Thanks to you and many hours on planes, I have also been doing a lot of reading lately. I still have to battle the Dyxlesia but I have been enjoying the reading so much it has been well worth the fight. Recently picked up Patrick O’Brian’s, “Master Commander”. I really liked the movie despite Russell Crowe and read that the book(s) are excellent. Has been so far, with lots of heavy English Seaman’s dialect.

      Thanks for the heads-up, I’ll keep your page on my watch list. Kent

      Date: Tue, 28 Apr 2015 01:36:19 +0000 To: knsedona@hotmail.com

    • Kent Adams on said:

      Mike, I guess I got fooled somehow. I thought you sent this comment(About) directly, as it looks like it was sent from your personal email. After looking around a little bit, it now looks like I signed up for “Comment Alerts” for your Blog. Sorry, I don’t do a lot of blogging and am not overly familiar with how they work. Still like the look of the page, it seems a little different, or am I “Fooled Again”? Be Well, Kent

      Date: Tue, 28 Apr 2015 01:36:19 +0000 To: knsedona@hotmail.com

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