I DON’T mean to add to the bitterness and despair of the Writing Community, but I have a bone to pick with this place. I’m starting to think it’s no community at all but rather a crowded street where the best interactions feel like calling out across the crowd and the average interaction is getting … Continue reading Writing Community or Writing Crowded Street?
THIS IS the first post I've made on this dusty ol' blog in quite some time. If you don't know, I took a long hiatus from social media to deal with a mountain of personal issues and to get my life back in order. Things worked out, the year ended on several high notes, and … Continue reading My Goals for 2020
I’M UP late on the eve of #PitMad, the biggest pitch event on Twitter, a quarterly affair that always ends in writers landing agents who go on to land those writers book deals. Untold thousands of aspiring authors participate, vying for the “likes” of perhaps a couple hundred agents. As writers, the odds are automatically … Continue reading On #PitMad and Querying
SO YOU want to build your Twitter following and grow your engagement and reach. Well, the first thing to remember is this: don't start a blog series and then let a month pass before you make the second entry, which is what I'm doing right now. Guilty. Yes. Shame me, abandon me, warn others against … Continue reading How to Twitter Effectively: Vol. 2
Deep breath. I can’t believe the time is finally here. I am not screaming this, it’s coming out in a calm elation, a wave of unexpected, joyous peace. Something you may not know about me - I love gift giving. I remember the first time I got a one hundred dollar bill, I think I … Continue reading The Big 10k Giveaway Winner and Other News
I would say I’m going to get so much done tonight. I would say the words are going to flow freely. I would say my mind is teeming with ideas, and they are going to race to the page to see who can get used first. I would say it hasn’t been a long day. … Continue reading I Would, But I Can’t
You guys are reading my random thoughts, so I’m going to keep putting them out there. Today I want to talk about perspective. Perspective is the difference between a smile and a frown, peace and anguish, indifference and anger; perspective is literally how we see the world. How is perspective built? Experience. Do you remember … Continue reading I Implore You
Why do we write? That is a very open ended question with answers that are unique to each individual. Some write to tell the story, some to evoke a response, some to pass the time, and of course, there is always the lingering thought, “One day I could be rich and famous.” But really, why … Continue reading The Heart of the Matter
THIS IS the start of a new series I'm doing here on my bloggy blog in which I'll be offering tips on how to build your following and increase engagement. I've learned a lot about Twitter since I joined last month, and I want to share what I know with newcomers to the writing community … Continue reading How to Twitter Effectively: Vol. 1
THREE DAYS ago, on my birthday, New York Times bestselling and Hugo Award-winning author John Scalzi agreed to follow me on Twitter, under one condition: I had to agree to bake a pie. It's called a Schadenfreude Pie, invented by John himself and to be eaten, according to him, "while you are reveling in the horrible misfortunes … Continue reading Pie for a Follow, John Scalzi?