“When life itself seems lunatic, who knows where madness lies? Perhaps to be too practical is madness. To surrender dreams — this may be madness. Too much sanity may be madness — and maddest of all: to see life as it is, and not as it should be!” — Don Quixote de La Mancha … Continue reading A New Month of Madness
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?
When I was a freshman in high school, I wanted to be on the debate team. The school didn’t allow such things, because technically, ninth graders can’t compete at the state or national level. But the class period worked out for me based on my schedule, and I talked them into letting me use that… Continue reading Fake It ’til You Make It
I’m off to the San Francisco Writer’s Conference. Wish me luck with the agents, and I’ll see y’all on the flip side! While I’m on a weekend hiatus, go check out my prototype site for Rising: Book One of the Adept Cycle. Yes, it still needs work. 😉
At some point, we must realize that if our art is going to be our livelihood, we’re going to need to work our butts off. We need to put the dreamer in her place, and settle into real work habits. We have to treat our passion like the career that it is, we roll up our sleeves, and we get to work.
My partner-in-crime and I spent a couple of hours yesterday planning. Living with a professional project manager is Very Good Thing. He asks me questions like: “What is your 30 day goal?” “How much time per week do you think you can reasonably commit to this?” “What are your success metrics?” “Where do you see… Continue reading Making Plans
I found this band in the early 2000’s. I wish they’d stayed together longer. Indie British Folk… you have to love it. Anyway, this song speaks volumes to me lately. I am gradually moving away from what life is so that I might walk my path of great mysteries. Or at least the path of… Continue reading Don’t Wait
I have a confession. Right now, at this point in my fledgling writing career, I live in fear of one, single question. It’s a common one, too. In fact, it’s the one thing you would expect to be asked after just completing a novel. “So, what’s your book about?” Did you see my knees buckle… Continue reading Speaking Of…. The Conversational Logline
Writing is a business. This is the mindset I’ve giving myself for 2015. I’ve always treated my writing like a hobby, and that has to change. In order to reach my goals of publication and eventually full-time writing, I need to hone the professional side of the writing craft. Sadly, the business aspects of writing… Continue reading The Mountain of Dreams
Happy 2015! We rang in the new year quietly, as is our way. Neither of us are big fans of huge parties full of drunken strangers. We do, however, love our next door neighbors, so that’s where we were, chatting, playing video games and having a grand time of it. At one point, my friend… Continue reading The Year Of…