I promised it, and I’m here to deliver. Since I wrote my last post, I’ve given thought to exactly how I wanted to lay out my vision board. I pondered the idea of whiteboards, cork boards, chalk boards, random pieces of paper, smoke signals, video-taped interpretive dance… I finally settled on a large poster board with… Continue reading My Vision Success Board
I’ve received both informal and formal feedback from a handful of beta readers for Rising, and so far the general consensus is: They are loving it! Of course, there are little sticking points here and there. I have some definite edit spots that I want to go tackle. But I’m going to wait on a… Continue reading Rising – Beta Update
“Don’t read the comments” is pretty sound advice for a majority of the Internet. I read the comments here, on my own blog… but that’s because my readers are awesome.
During a discussion about writing author bios the other day, one of the conversation participants said, “It’s like that exercise to figure out exactly who you are…. like, if someone was going to write three words in a summoning circle to summon you, what would they be?” And while the idea opened up a whole… Continue reading Today’s Existential Quandary
I can’t contain myself. I probably should. But I won’t. Yesterday, one of my beta readers for Rising sent me a text saying (somewhat paraphrased), “So, I received this book yesterday and started reading it, and I had to force myself to stop reading and go to sleep at midnight.” My first thought was, “Hm,… Continue reading Beta Process, Part 1
There are a whole lot of opinions around NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writer’s Month) and its companion program, Camp NaNoWriMo… the latter of which begins today. There are plenty of articles written on why you should or why you should not NaNo. Some of the dissenting articles are vicious, claiming that “All NaNo-written work is garbage!… Continue reading Should You NaNo?
I’m really not patient sometimes. Especially if I’m excited about something. You know, like my debut novel being in the hands of beta readers, and waiting to hear feedback. Did you hear that? It was the sound of a clock ticking. Backward. Heavy sigh. I beta read for people, too. I have one open on… Continue reading Waiting for Beta
Author and blogger Chuck Wendig over at Terrible Minds put together a collection of thoughts that I share wholeheartedly regarding the new Clean Reader app that strips profanity from digital publications. From the article: “When I write a book, I write it a certain way. I paint with words. Those words are chosen. They do… Continue reading Fuck you, Clean Reader
What would life be without challenges? It would be a whole lot easier, that’s for sure. My plan was to start full-time freelancing on Monday. That isn’t going to happen. Full-time freelance will happen, just not Monday. It’s a very long story, and not one I’ll bore you with. Instead, I’ll share with you a… Continue reading No Fear
In case you missed part one of my SFWC Take-away series, you can find it here. And now, for the more comedic, and yet still very helpful take-away from the San Francisco Writer’s Conference. I laughed a lot at the conference. It was a beautiful thing. The conference director, Michael Larsen, is quite the comedian.… Continue reading SFWC – Part Duex – The Lighter Side