Wouldn't it be great if building the habits you wanted was as easy as brushing your teeth? I can't imagine going to bed without doing it, and in fact I'd get out of bed and do it if I forgot. Because, yuck. But other things I'd like to do just sail past, and before I … Continue reading Habits – Breaking or Making
My friend Dale Cameron Lowry recently posted a short story market accepting entries, and that call for entry ignited a little spark that got me looking through all the interesting tidbits on my computer and passing them along to markets where they might be seen and enjoyed. Back in the day before self publishing, submitting … Continue reading Dusty old spreadsheet
I'm eagerly counting down the days to the Gayromlit retreat, because I'm doing a panel with my pals Jordan L. Hawk and C.S. Poe about Murder in Romance! If you'll be at GRL, come see us! The panel is at 2pm on Friday Oct 20. And if you're not going to be there but the topic … Continue reading Murdery Questions Anyone?
I've been having some luck lately with dictation software. Does it give me those 5- and 10,000 word days other authors seem to get from it? No. And the problem isn't with the software--it's that I simply don't think that quickly. Frankly, my prose is cleaner when I sit down at the keyboard and type. … Continue reading Speaking of which…
Back when I worked at the library, we always got a kick out of the "organize your life" type books that were returned grossly late. But I spotted Grit by Angela Duckworth at my new local library and was determined that would NOT be me! (There's even three weeks left on my borrowing period. Shh...I … Continue reading Passion and Perseverance
My current project continues to train my wordcount into something reasonable for a full-time author. I haven't seen or talked to anyone in almost two weeks* and I've been rockin' and rollin' on the words. Even when the fabulous Joel Leslie let me know he needed the Hemovore mss for our upcoming audiobook project, and damn it, … Continue reading The Carrot Is Within Reach
I'm on a mission to re-train myself to write faster. I suspect it's a function of habit that my wordcount isn't what I want it to be (and frankly, it wasn't sustainable.) One thing I'm noticing is that if I don't "feel" the scene when I'm getting ready to write it, shifting to pen/paper with … Continue reading Getting the ideas flowing
So I'm mostly unpacked from my big move, except for a few stray boxes, but it's occurring to me that the most difficult part of doing projects, be it writing a book or unpacking a house, is figuring out the logical order in which to do things. Take my treadmill, for instance. It has been … Continue reading And then what happened?