Forgot about these photos from my recent trip to Costa Rica. Pedro’s was first introduced in Native Moments on page 80 when Sanch and Jake first order the whole fried red snapper meal. This is where the Pescador once stood. A few scenes took place here. Jake playing jump pool and Sanch eating ceviche for the first time (page 211). Unfortunately the Pescador burned down … Continue reading Native Moments: photos and corresponding pages -part 2
While Native Moments is a work of fiction, the locations are not. This is the bottom waterfall. My six year old daughter was with us and the trail that leads to the top two waterfalls was too risky to bring her along. In Native Moments, Sanch and Jake follow a couple they recently met, Todd and Lacy, further along the trail until they reach the top … Continue reading Native Moments: photos with corresponding pages and passages – Part One
Have two book signings set up in January. If you are nearby, stop by and say hey. January 14th – 2pm – 4pm – Sundog Books; Seaside, Florida. 30a Songwriter’s Festival will be going on, too. I’ll be on torch looking for a miracle to the Todd Snider show. January 28th – 2pm – 4pm – Jaime Peligro’s Book Store; Tamarindo, Costa Rica. I’ll be … Continue reading Upcoming Book Signings
After visiting Costa Rica in 1999, I told myself I wouldn’t return until I wrote novel and got it published. 17 years later, I’m returning. It took much longer than I expected. Many years of self-doubt and work and starting a business and starting a family made writing increasingly difficult. But on January 24th, I’m heading back to Costa Rica with my wife and daughter. … Continue reading Making your Family Vacations a Work Trip
Just bought tickets to visit Costa Rica in January. Almost twenty years later…Seventeen to be exact, but what’s three year? Yes, that is still a long time from now, but I’m older now and I plan ahead. I’ve got a business to run even while I’m out of the country. Much different than when I was twenty and a buddy of mine mentioned that Costa Rica … Continue reading Costa Rica – Twenty Years Later
Only five days left to enter the goodreads giveaway. You will be entered to win a free autographed copy of Native Moments. Enter here. Also, still looking for reviewers. Read it before it becomes available. I’ll send you a PDF file in exchange for an honest review on Amazon or Goodreads or both. Just email me at Nic.Schuck@gmail.com and I’ll get back to you. Native … Continue reading 5 Days Left!!!
An advanced copy of Native Moments finally arrived in Tamarindo, Costa Rica, the setting for the majority of the story. Jose, a dental assistant there, saw one of my posts on Instagram and asked how he could read the book. I told him it wasn’t available yet, but that I did have a few advance copies if he would be willing to write a review. … Continue reading Native Moments in Tamarindo
Maybe a better question to start this conversation would be “did the picaresque novel ever have a place in American literature?” The picaresque novel is defined in the Oxford dictionary as “relating to an episodic style of fiction dealing with the adventures of a rough and dishonest but appealing hero.” When I think of the picaresque the first story that comes to mind is Don … Continue reading Does the Picaresque Novel Still Have a Place in American Literature?
I finished the 150 pages of edit suggestions from editor #1. I agreed with about 99% of them. Amazing what I missed. I thought I knew every word of that manuscript. I left out words, misspelled words, misused words and had some jumbled sentences that she helped me clarify. On top of her suggestions, I had some really great and brutally honest feedback from a respected … Continue reading First Round of Edits are Finished.