An Ode to the Editor

The proofread is where the battle begins. It starts when the editor looks at what they’ve been handed. They open it and read a few lines in. Looks up and gives you a cheeky smile that says more than it needs to, assuming you’re in the same room, which almost never happens to protect the poor writer. Could you imagine the headline? EXTRA EXTRA READ ALL ABOUT IT: EDITOR STRANGLES WRITER DURING PROOFREADING!

ACTION: the jitters of writing to publish

It starts with an idea. The story. Months, years later, it’s time to take the first step. The decision to publish. It isn’t an easy decision with all the jitters running through writers once they’ve “finished” writing their story (that’s never finished), with all the options available. But it is a step that should be … Continue reading ACTION: the jitters of writing to publish

Fun with google for authors

Google Adwords. The learning curb. I spent a month and a hundred bucks fiddling with different options including... analytics. As frightening as it may sound it was fun. Watching the numbers and graphs and trying to figure out what they meant without losing my marbles. What I learned; google adwords can be good for authors. … Continue reading Fun with google for authors

Writing: moving from hobby to small business

Reading all the information on well meaning friends and family who try to get you to adjust your sails left an impression. I didn't think I was sore. this week I was proven wrong. The word obsessed was used to describe my devoted time to writing development. After saying ouch, I went into defense mode. … Continue reading Writing: moving from hobby to small business

The story of the trail and learning

Hiking, the great declogger. After melting down last week trying to get everything right, it was decided, hiking. Having missed the mountains, I said, yeah. But I did want to turn back halfway up the first hill. I was dragged kicking and screaming up and then down. But I needed a breather, needed to get … Continue reading The story of the trail and learning

Soliciting Time Management tips

It’s the fourth quarter and there’s barely enough time to… Whoops, wrong activity. Although something could be said for time management here. When it’s not the strongest suit you wear, it’s just not. I know first hand. I doubt I am the only person reading great articles on the topic, wiping sweat and thinking; I … Continue reading Soliciting Time Management tips

The Joy of reasoning the reasoning of my Joys

The reasons for my joys aren’t simple things Not the undefined colors of the winds or the way it sings Nor the neon embrace of the moon And the howling laughter of the sun That’s not simple at all But rather a complicity of the ethereal The choreographed horde of life’s specters in all their splendors Surely, you can see my reasons are not simple things, not at all

The Two Year Lesson in Writing vs Telling a story

One of the things I said when I looked at the first piece I wanted to rewrite was, “where the {expletive} do I begin with this? This is crap!” An admittance that became the first of a few in the two years and change that followed. Painful as it were, it taught me to look at everything with fresh eyes. And I learned to swear. A lot