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How Not to Write a Novel

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  A short piece of humour, as posted on social media today: Person: how does writing work? Writer: well you type & delete. You rethink. Then you do 187 min. of research & correct it. You reread & wonder if you have a grasp of English. Then you revise. Person: then you’re done with the book? Writer: then you move to the next sentence. I have certainly experienced this. Most especially with my early days of writing at the website onepeterfive.com . My goodness. I think I spent over 20 hours once writing an article! What a waste of time! I’m sure that’s what the readers said too after they read it. But, as things go, writing got a little easier. Most things in life are like that. However, there is still a great deal of editing and re-editing required when crafting a paragraph - or sentence - for an article or essay. The struggle is real. When I started writing my novel - Disconnected: The Broken Path - I took this similar approach. It was slow, tedious, and altogether frus

Likes, Followers, and a Disconnection

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  Note: This article originally appeared at my author website: danieljmillette.com . As you can imagine, I have begun the process of enlightening the world about my upcoming book (and the reasons for it). This past weekend a typical scene played out. My wife and I took our four children to the outdoor rink to play hockey and practice some skating skills. Next to this rink is a heated little shack where you can lace up skates without freezing your fingers off. Trying to keep all your fingers intact is one of the main pastimes in Saskatchewan during the winter. As we entered the shack, we noticed two girls – both in grade 6 – just sitting there. Now, if we lived in a normal moment in history, these girls would’ve been out skating. But we do not. They were sitting on the bench, glued to their phones. Eventually we heard one of them comment, “Like, I just need ten more followers on TikTok! Ten more!” Like, ok then. We skated and what not. When it was time to go back into the shack we near

New Website: First Post

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I'm trying to get an author website up and running (I do plan on keeping this one, however). To read my first post, please click HERE . A preview: There are so many things I want to say in regards to my soon to be released novel - so many experiences to describe. The problem is, I don’t know where to begin. I know, I know. I’m a pretty pathetic writer after all. Maybe I should just begin with the one question I’m asked the most: “What is it like writing a novel?” The new website is: danieljmillette.com 

From One Heroic Priest, Perhaps Another Priest Rises

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  I wrote recently about living the traditional Catholic faith at home, even without the presence of the traditional Latin Mass. You see, in my parts TLMs are rare, and such actions become necessary. However, I will now add that there is hope for the future. With that, I offer a brief update. Our family was, in fact, able to make it to a TLM over the Christmas break. Our first since July. Never mind the continuous 35 below weather in Saskatchewan, nor the snowstorms and blistering winds which have accompanied these Christmas Siberian temperatures. Quite simply, over the Christmas break an FSSP priest hopped in his truck and drove 3000km, all the way from Ottawa, just to come and offer the holy Mass throughout the week of Christmas. I am humbled and amazed at what this heroic priest did. It boggles my mind. Really, it does. May God reward him abundantly. Well, the Mass we attended was New Year's morning. The church was full. The choir was great. The priest said Mass most reverently