Writing

“Sometimes you just have to lower your expectations.”

I talked about expectations a few days ago, and just over the weekend I’ve come upon a situation where I got to put my preaching into practice. Let me back up for a second. In case you don’t recognize the quote in this post’s title, it’s from a pretty fantastic movie called Eight Below. In it, a man determined to…

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Life, Writing

An Awfully Big Adventure

Well, now it’s public and I can finally admit the main reason I’ve had so much trouble keeping up with blogging, writing, emails, and really all forms of pretty much everything. After many years of creating fictional people to populate the pages of my stories, it’s time for me to make a real person to populate my home! Yes, my…

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And Now It’s Time To Fix It

Someone in a Facebook group for clean indie authors that I’m part of asked an interesting question earlier–how long do you wait after writing something to edit it? The answers were as varied as “ten seconds” and “several years” with any number of months and weeks in between. It reaffirmed what I already know–that the methods that work for each…

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Newsletter, Anyone?

After years of knowing I need to, I’m finally going to force myself to set up an author newsletter. I hear it’s the number one thing for a professional author to do, but I’ve just put it off time and again for two reasons: 1. I’m completely and totally overwhelmed at the idea. I don’t like doing new things in…

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Life, Writing

Pronunciation

I’ve been wrapping up a couple of audiobook narration jobs the past few days–both of them are Christmas books, and I really enjoyed working on them both. But they’ve both had their share of issues. One has had unexpected technical issues, but I think those are finally worked out. The other? Well, the other is more what you’d call user…

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Words

Words have meaning Scribbled pencil letters of a child Carefully penned journal entries The rapid keystrokes of a novelist Words have power A lover’s whispered promises A politician’s telepromptered speech The commands of a boss for his subordinate Words have value The ten commandments penned by the Divine Quilled acts and scenes by Shakespeare The latest Readers’s Digest Words have…

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50,000, Here I Come…

I took a year off from NaNoWriMo last year–I was working full time and already stressed, and then later that month I ended up getting engaged, so the timing just wasn’t great. It made me sad, but I knew I needed to prioritize and let some stuff go. This year, however, while I’m still busy, I’m much more flexible. So…

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Implant Audiobook is Here!

After some ups and downs in the production process, the Implant audiobook is finally available for sale on Audible, Amazon, and iTunes! This was my first time commissioning someone else to produce an audiobook–since Implant has a male protagonist, I wanted a male narrator, and this guy did a brilliant job capturing the story and the atmosphere of the dystopian…

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I Won’t be Overwhelmed

As you likely know, my novel October was published on Saturday. It went pretty smoothly. Reviewers had really loved it so far, seeming to truly catch the intention of the story. Many very kind people had helped me spread the news. I went to bed satisfied. The next morning, I woke up earlier than I’d intended and, as usual, reached…

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