The SELF-PRINTED 3.0 Splash

As anyone who is interested in writing and has ever been trapped with me in a elevator, car, or coffee shop meeting room knows, I’m a HUGE fan of Catherine Ryan Howard.  When I was getting started in self publishing, I realized I was still stuck in the ‘vanity press’ mindset of old and didn’tContinue reading “The SELF-PRINTED 3.0 Splash”

What Inspires You Most?

When I saw author Rob White‘s list of books that have influenced his writing most (in no particular order), I knew I had to make my own list.  And I encourage you to do the same. Whether you’re a painter, writer, musician, etc, the way you create today probably owes a lot to something youContinue reading “What Inspires You Most?”

A History of a Writer

I’ve been making up stories for as long as I can remember and, as I’m turning 35 in a few months, it looks like the odds are good I’ll be telling them for the rest of my life (not just gonna yell ‘That’s it!  I’m done!’ as I blow out my birthday candles).  But howContinue reading “A History of a Writer”

How To Write a Book (Part 2 of 2)

Here’s the second half of my guide to book writing — How to Write — a Practical Timeline Here’s the nitty-gritty of how I get to ‘The End’: Get an idea.  You might be reading a news article, or a another novel, watching a film, or daydreaming a ‘what if’ and it gets you —Continue reading “How To Write a Book (Part 2 of 2)”

How To Write a Book (Part 1 of 2)

Somewhere in your heart you know it.  Maybe this is a recent dream, but quite likely it’s been kicking around in your subconscious for some time and every once in a while, when reading a new book, or hearing an author interview, or thinking about your lifetime goals it comes to the surface — youContinue reading “How To Write a Book (Part 1 of 2)”

Reclaiming ‘Perfection’

Perfection is a dirty word.  Look up ‘perfection’ quotes and you get everything from the funny — to the downright hostile — And I get it, really I do.  Trying to be a perfect, flawless person sets one up for heartache.  Some people spend years before realizing that it’s an impossible standard — we areContinue reading “Reclaiming ‘Perfection’”

Awesome Day #7 — Meeting With the Mentor

Yow!!!  Yesterday (on day #7 of my 8 day ‘stay-cation’) I had arranged to meet well-known and respected writer.  I’ve never really gotten to talk to anyone on that level before, and by contacting them, I had brought myself into this whole new range of experience. I had been quite nervous before our meeting forContinue reading “Awesome Day #7 — Meeting With the Mentor”

Awesome Day #5 — Play Time

Yesterday was day #5 of my 8 day stay-cation.  It was a time of rest and having WAY too much fun creating new pinterest images. Allow me to explain — I love Matt Adrian’s bird pictures. And I had a pin of one I thought would make a great Hannibal pin (Hannibal is amazing BTW).  So,Continue reading “Awesome Day #5 — Play Time”

Awesome Day #3 — Finishing a book

Yesterday was day #3 of my 8 day ‘stay-cation’.  Except for going to see X-men (it was great!), I spent the rest of the day working on my novel Fall Street.  It’s not done yet, but it’s getting closer. As a writer, there’s a special feeling as you get toward the end of a book,Continue reading “Awesome Day #3 — Finishing a book”

Awesome Day #2 — A Writer’s Paradise

Yesterday was day 2 of my 8 day ‘stay-cation’.  I left home briefly for a delectable Depalmas lunch, and took a 7.5 mile cycle ride in the evening.  The rest of the day?  Writing! (and Watching X-Men First Class in prep for the new movie). I decided to chart out all I wanted/needed to doContinue reading “Awesome Day #2 — A Writer’s Paradise”