My First Award!

I was recently nominated for my first ever blogging award, the Liebster Award, by Allison D. Reid. Thanks, Allison! The rules are as follows: Say thank you to the person who has nominated you for the award. – Answer the 11 questions the person has asked you. – Nominate 11 people (comment on their blog … Continue reading My First Award!

One Month to the A to Z Blogging Challenge

Happy March, everyone!! This, of course, means we only have one month left before the A to Z blogging challenge kicks off (which means its high time to start planning or, in my case, writing up some of my posts ahead of time so I don't have to do the whole thing during April and … Continue reading One Month to the A to Z Blogging Challenge

Deals on All Things Writerly!

Just wanted to share a link for half priced gift certificates from book cover designers, editors, and other providers of writing services. My book coaching is listed there as well, so if you were looking for a deal off a larger package (one long novel or perhaps two or three shorter ones), you can find … Continue reading Deals on All Things Writerly!

Update on the A to Z Challenge

Yesterday was a (literal) snow day in the Pacific NW, so I never got around to the computer, but here, as promised, is the update on the A to Z blogging challenge. There will still be a challenge, and it will run everyday in April (save Sundays--though apparently we have to do one Sunday because … Continue reading Update on the A to Z Challenge

A to Z Challenge News is Coming…

Last year in April, I participated in my first ever A to Z challenge, where bloggers write a post for each letter of the alphabet in one month (though posts don't always have anything to do with the "assigned" letter for the day). It's great fun and one of the best ways to find new … Continue reading A to Z Challenge News is Coming…

Flashback Friday – What Makes an Original Work “Yours”?

For the first of my Flashback Friday series, I wanted to reprint a post from May 2014 on copyright and artists' compensation. In our world, we are bombarded with copyright notices, whether through the unavoidable segment of DVDs where we are told that piracy is not a victimless crime, in familiar, tiny images like ©, … Continue reading Flashback Friday – What Makes an Original Work “Yours”?

To all my readers…

Most of the year, I'm so busy writing about the mechanics of writing, reading, and publishing that I don't always take enough time to appreciate you, my readers. So this November, in the month of thanks, I want to begin by saying how much I appreciate every view, every visit, and every comment. Knowing I'm … Continue reading To all my readers…

Why Do You Write?

I've been doing a lot of writing lately (thus my absence from the blogosphere) and it got me thinking about why we do this creative thing called "writing." What draws us back to our computer, our paper, our story? It can't be the pay-- most of my novels aren't published yet and thus haven't earned … Continue reading Why Do You Write?

Ten Reasons Why Writers Make Good Neighbors

This morning, I was awoken to the sounds of saws and dump trucks  as road construction continued just outside. And it got me thinking: if you could pick your neighbor, you should always go with a writer. Writers are quiet. When we're building something, all you're hear is a clatter (along with a few incoherent grumbles … Continue reading Ten Reasons Why Writers Make Good Neighbors