Book Covers And Professional Authordom Arrrg.

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Coming to China to teach was the most bizarre choice  I could have made.  It was incongruous.  Wrong.  And I could feel that.  Standing in front of a class–when I could barely drag myself to one in college–seemed .  Don’t get me wrong, I did well in college.  I got good grades and graduated magna… Read more »

The Obligatory Writer’s Block Post

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I’ve been having a problem.  A writing problem.  I don’t know what to call it.  The closest description might be writer’s block. But it’s not. See, I don’t get writer’s block. That’s not bragging.  It’s just true.  When I started writing seriously–and telling people that I was writing seriously–I immediately found myself confronted by that… Read more »

Red Writing Hood Prompt: The Doorbell Rang

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This is a Red Writing Hood Prompt For the holiday season… Begin with “The doorbell rang…”  End with “… the snow began to fall.” In 300 words. (Fair warning: I kind of cheated on the end part.) If you’ve been following  Skyland (now on Pandamian, rather than Smashwords–long story,)  you’ll recognize the characters in this bit…. Read more »

Upcoming Storytelling Lessons From Farscape

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Something wonderful happened this holiday season. Something magical, unexpected, joyous. My friends decided to watch Farscape. It took two years of pestering and almost a week of downloading the 13GB first season, and to be honest I didn’t think it was going to happen. But, hey, Christmas is a time for miracles. Rewatching this show… Read more »

Promises, promises. Sorry.

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I have not been keeping up my resolve to hold myself accountable during NaNoWriMo–hitherto, only one update made it to Smashwords.  Apologies! My problem is that I have trouble writing linearly.   Normally, this is not a problem.  It’s just how I work–I am much more efficient focusing on things for short bursts, then coming… Read more »

Avoid the Piss in the Pool–Get on the Pirate Ship

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Last week, writer Andrew Hickey posted his thoughts on unprofessionalism in indie writing in a post entitled “Pissing in the Pool or  Why Readers Hate Indie Writers.”   In sum, the refusal of their authors to aspire to higher quality–in the product, in their writing, in their conduct–gives all indie writers a bad name.  “If you… Read more »