I just ran across a blog post on Karen Woodward's site from a couple of years ago, digging into the origin of the idea that a novice writer needs to write a million words before writing anything good. Go ahead over and read it, I'll wait. Welcome back. While no definitive answer emerged, the idea … Continue reading One Million Words?
I decided to make Revenants Abroad free through the end of the year on Smashwords. Amazon doesn't allow a price below .99 unless I put it into the KDP Select program, which I can't do right now. I'm still hoping the Multnomah County Library will pick it up, and it has to be available on … Continue reading Revenants Abroad Free through December 31
Some stories take longer to gel in my head than others. The cast and crew of Revenants Abroad was nearly effortless. Andrej in particular, who was of course the genesis of the story, appeared in my head fully-formed, ready for action. Anne-Marie took longer for me to get to know. Neko ... what can I … Continue reading Side Projects
How's everyone doing? Boy, it's been a tough week, hasn't it? It's been, at the very least, anxiety-inducing. So, in order to try to preserve what's left of my sanity, I am beginning a new relationship with social media. I've been fairly active on Twitter since I joined in 2010, which has been both good … Continue reading Backing Away
Just a few pics from the drive home over the last couple of days.
I was tipped off to The Library Writers Project just this morning. The Multnomah Co. Library is looking for books by local authors: From October 11 to December 15, 2016, the library will accept submissions from local authors who would like to see their books added to the library’s e-book collection. The book needs to be … Continue reading Indie Author News – Multnomah Co. Library Wants to Read Your Book
This offer only good until Sunday, September 18, 2016 at midnight PDT. One of my Twitter friends has hit a real low point right now, and has put up a GoFundMe as a last resort to try to keep from losing her home. The house is her mother's, and her mother is a retired police … Continue reading Sweetening the Pot — Limited Time Offer
Just a couple pics from last couple days. Sunset last night. And some from Friday.
Not much writing news lately. I did finally add another chapter to Lassuni's War on Wattpad. In the meantime, I wanted to share some nice views of the area from yesterday afternoon. The clouds were spectacular. I've also taken to photographing open fields, because they are disappearing at an alarming rate. There's so much development … Continue reading Oregon Vistas
I can't say enough good about "A (Unauthorized) Writer's Guide to Harry Potter." I was fortunate enough to get an ARC of this from the author. This is probably the single most engaging book on writing I’ve read. It’s beautifully written, and full of clear direction to take your work further by asking the right … Continue reading A Writer’s Guide to Harry Potter – Review