Writing Goals 2020 | Progress Report

Earlier this year I decided to follow that new goals tag and make a list of seven things I’d like to accomplish with my writing in 2020. Now that we’re nearly halfway through (crazy), I thought I’d take a look back and give a progress report on how things are going. Let’s take a lookContinue reading “Writing Goals 2020 | Progress Report”

I Unplugged the Television For A Month. Here’s What Happened.

We humans make choices every day. Sometimes collectively, but mostly individually. We are creatures of habit and prefer sticking to our routines like flies on poo. Unless something dramatic happens and our simple pleasures suddenly disappear, we’ll follow that path indefinitely. I’m one of those creatures with a terrible case of procrastination. Procrastination has trulyContinue reading “I Unplugged the Television For A Month. Here’s What Happened.”

First Person Tweets vs. Third Person Stories

It amazes me that we are all on Twitter and Facebook. By “we” I mean adults. We’re adults, right? But emotionally we’re a culture of seven-year-olds. Have you ever had that moment when are you updating your status and you realize that every status update is just a variation on a single request: “Would someoneContinue reading “First Person Tweets vs. Third Person Stories”

A Three Blog Roundup | Part Two

A few weeks ago I shared part one of my blog roundup series. While Shady Characters, Grammar Girl, and Helping Writers Become Authors are all fantastic resources, it’s time to highlight three more blogs. This time I’ve decided to narrow my search parameters to sites put out by editors. ↦ How Not To Write AContinue reading “A Three Blog Roundup | Part Two”

Five Disease Filled Star Trek Voyager Episodes You Should Watch This Weekend

The COVID19 pandemic is no laughing matter. If you’re reading this blog post, I don’t want you to think that I’m ignoring its widespread and global impact. The purpose of this post is to provide a short break from the monotony of #StayHome mandates, and bring a little Trek joy into your life. One ofContinue reading “Five Disease Filled Star Trek Voyager Episodes You Should Watch This Weekend”

Why Now is A Great Time to Start a Blog

Blogs are to the Internet as quills and ink are to writing. Blogs have been around for a long time, but with the introduction of new tools, plug-ins, and easier access to web hosts, they’re easier than ever before to build, maintain and analyze. Is that the only reason why I say now is theContinue reading “Why Now is A Great Time to Start a Blog”

A Three Blog Roundup | Part One

In 1991 I was six years old and the Internet was just a baby. In 1991 blog, SEOs, tags and website providers didn’t exist. The world in 2020 has never felt smaller, and that’s an amazing thing. That’s what I like about these kinds of posts, because they bring attention to others in the publishingContinue reading “A Three Blog Roundup | Part One”

The Art of Oversharing

We humans have come to expect things instantly. Patience isn’t a word often used as much as it was in the past. “Patience is a virtue,” they said. “Good things come to those who wait,” they said. This is a lesson Veruca Salt from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory learned the hard way, if sheContinue reading “The Art of Oversharing”

Why I Stopped Reviewing Books

Reviews. They’re as good as gold for authors, publishers, agents and potential readers. While some look for a good story or lovable characters, others thoroughly enjoy dissecting and catching every mistake. How do you find the right balance between glowing praise and hateful cynicism? That’s just one of the many reasons I decided to stopContinue reading “Why I Stopped Reviewing Books”

Why I Write Historical Adventures

Earlier this year I put up a similar post titled Why I Write Historical Fiction. One of the many things I didn’t know when I started my writing journey is how many genres there truly are. There’s your “umbrella” genres, where you strictly write “history” or “fantasy” or “mystery.” But then there’s all the subcategoriesContinue reading “Why I Write Historical Adventures”