Writing

Remembering How to Chillax

Remembering How to Chillax

In which I discuss the family vacation, progress on The Sphinx’s Heart, and introduce our trip mascots, Hagrid and Dumbledore.

Giveaways and Signings and Podcasts, Oh My!

Giveaways and Signings and Podcasts, Oh My!

There are three reasons you should read this post. Actually, scratch that. There are over a hundred reasons you should read this post. Hint: It involves free books! (Plus the other stuff in the title, too.)

Becoming Healthier Through Better Time Management

Becoming Healthier Through Better Time Management

An update on my progress toward getting fit, and what I’ve finally done that is working.

Real Talk: What the EHT Black Hole and My Fiction Career Have in Common

Real Talk: What the EHT Black Hole and My Fiction Career Have in Common

The Indie Publishing process, and the unique struggles that is posing at my current career phase. I need your help to make this thing work.

The Waterboy Cover Reveal

The Waterboy Cover Reveal

Two weeks from today, on March 27, I will be releasing The Waterboy. It will be free and available exclusively to my newsletter subscribers. Here is the cover, blurb, and a short behind-the-scenes about the book.

Finding Gratitude in a Week of Highs And Lows

Finding Gratitude in a Week of Highs And Lows

It’s been a strange week. And by “strange,” I mean it was like there were an extra six really-high highs and kinda-sucky lows stuffed into it without much of a breather between one or the other. So, for posterity, here are the highlights, and a moment to be grateful, too.

Big Week Ahead

Big Week Ahead

I’m not sure I’m cramming enough exciting things into my week. What do you think?

New Leaf and Two Announcements

New Leaf and Two Announcements

My mission to get my weight under control, plus the release of the Just Plain Gloves Knitting Pattern and an announcement about some of my short fiction.

Work Afraid

Work Afraid

Here’s a secret: We’re all afraid. Every person who succeeds at something has had to confront fear at some point to get to where they are. The trick is to start anyway.

The Benefits of "Escapist Fiction"

The Benefits of "Escapist Fiction"

Humans are made of stories. And, no matter the "world" that a story may be set in, at the heart of every good story is a character who is overcoming difficult situations that must be relatable to the reader in some way, or the story would not resonate with us. In this post, I talk about some ways that fantasy and other genres of fiction have benefited me, and why I think everyone should read or watch it.

I Saw This Going Differently in my Head

I Saw This Going Differently in my Head

I’ve always had a semi-structured writing style, but recently discovered that I’d been running my business like a writing pantser. (As in, “flying-by-the-seat-of-your-pants.”) But times, they are a-changing. How a little “plotsing” will (hopefully) make a big difference.

Adventures in Authoring

Adventures in Authoring

Being an author, I have discovered, is nothing like anyone ever expects it to be. And today, I made a decision to go down a road in my career that surprised even me.

Insanely Optimistic

Insanely Optimistic

Some days, writing fiction for a living feels like walking through sludge in a mudstorm. I'm going to be honest—I spend a little bit of every day wondering if I'm actually going to be able to pull this off. But no risk, no reward. Right?