May 21, 2020

BLUF: Beating a deadened drum


 

(This post is only for those of you making or wanting to make a living with your writing--in full or in part. All others will probably just get mad, but that's because they have different goals than those of us in this for the $$ aspect.)


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May 19, 2020

I recently did an interview with friend and fellow author Tim Neiderriter on his podcast Alive After Reading.

We had an excellent conversation about all types of fantasy, including some insight into my process during the writing of the first four books in The Zodiac ser...

May 19, 2020

I recently did an interview with friend and fellow writer Dohai.

We talked about Birth of a Thief, which he was so kind as to review, and what fans can expect from me in the future.

Hint, hint. There's fantasy and dark stories talked about.

Check out the interview here.

April 21, 2020

BLUF: Jim Rohn was right.

Motivational speaker Jim Rohn famously said we are the average of the five people we spend the most time with.

Who is influencing your writing dream?

It's a principle parents teach their kids, teachers teach their adult students (better bet it wa...

December 29, 2019

What a year!

Achilles tears. Unemployment. Only two books published, one shy of my original goal.

Yet, I survived and I'm very excited about 2020.

Why?

First off, the Horrible Writing Writers Support Group. What an amazing collective of talented writers, especially people...

November 20, 2019

BLUF: Measure the little things.

I don't sell thousands of copies of books a month. Most times, I don't even sell hundreds.

I'm not writing full-time because I've made it. I'm writing full-time because I lost my job and, at my age and qualifications, I'm too much of a ri...

October 30, 2019

BLUF: All About Structure

If you're serious about publishing, you need structure in your writing life.

Here's a brief outline of what my writing day looked like when I was employed:

4:45 am - 5:00 am - Check & update Amazon rankings spreadsheet

5:00 am - 7: 15 am - Unint...

October 24, 2019

BLUF: People can be stupid.

I recently developed the courage to read through the Goodreads reviews of my book, "12 Deaths of Christmas." For context, this book is an anthology of Christmas-themed horror stories, ala Clive Barker's "Books of Blood."

One review jumped out...

October 18, 2019

BLUF (Bottom Line Up Front): Go with audio too ... or be left behind.

WARNING: This is written in a deliberately flippant manner because those of you who get it may be encouraged by it, and those of you who are still resisting might challenge some of your long-held assu...

October 10, 2019

This weekend I went to a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fight night in Tacoma … and was pulled back from the edge of giving up on writing.

Me? Thinking about hanging up the typewriter?

You bet!

Books sales have dropped off the face of the planet. I can never find the time to in...

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