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I just needed a face lift. I hope you like the fresh, clean look to the blog. I know I do.

I have been busy with home and family projects, trying to improve the first draft of my third novel and sell a few copies of the first two. These are the excuses I used to avoid adding posts to this blog.

The real reason, though is that I have been questioning my ability as a writer. I think I will always have moments of doubts and discouragement, especially if I judge my ability based on popularity and sales. The fact – I still love to write.

Here’s a few sentences from the beginning of my third novel. (By the way, even though I had some wonderful suggestions, I still haven’t settled on a title, yet.) Any way, here’s how it starts.

Rainsford Davis gasps for air as he bobs up from the angry, dark waters. His face is barely out of the water and every instinct of his body is to stay afloat where he can breathe. He gathers his composure enough to begin to control his limbs as he again is overwhelmed by salty, churning water.

His arms and legs coordinate and he fights his way back to fill his lungs full of oxygen. He knows he must swim to stay on the surface of this raging ocean. The storm which caused the yacht Rainsford was on to crash into some coral reef is still disturbing the waters around him. He must stay afloat.

“Ivy,” Rainsford thinks to himself, “I must find Ivy.”

Ivy is Rainsford’s bride. They are on their third day of their honeymoon to Australia – a wedding gift from Rainsford’s parents. While on their honeymoon, they met Matt and Val Holman, a wealthy Australian couple, and their guest from Tonga, Attama Hafoka. The Holman’s invited them to cruise with them on their huge yacht. It sounded like a wonderful addition to their already luxurious and adventuresome honeymoon. The storm changed that. Now, Rainsford is struggling to stay alive and frantically searching for Ivy.

I’d love to hear what you thought about the beginning of the untitled novel. Email your thoughts to Hey, if you’d like to know what happens next, I might be persuaded to tell you.

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Douglas Knight

I write about what I'm thinking or what I've imagined in an effort to regain that childhood imagination and marry with my many years of real experiences. I'm getting better at it the more I write.I am a published author of two romantic intrigue novels.My books can be found at or if you want a personalized copy, by emailing me at

2 replies

  1. I like the play on words with Knight Writer.I like the verse about plan vs. Reality.Im very proud to have an author in the Woods family.
    I like the character’s name that is a form of Ransford,I think.


    1. Rainsford and Raynsford were original spellings for the family name Ransford which is part of the Woods family tree. The name Davis is part of the family as well. Holman is also part of the family ancestry. A Holman was captured and adopted by Indians and served in the military with some duty in Vincennes during the French and Indian War.

      I like Knight Writer and I am working on a logo with the intentions of a spin off of the Knight Rider TV series.

      Thanks for the comments. It means a lot to me.

      Sent from my iPhone



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