As a writer, I've perfected the art of distractions. Whenever I hit a difficult scene, a place where more research is needed, or a good old-fashioned writer's block, these are the 5 time sucks that temporarily relieve me of my pain and send me spiraling into the abyss of diversionary entertainment. 1. Facebook or YouTube … Continue reading 5 favorite time sucks
Yup. I won NaNoWriMo! Yesterday I crammed in 5500 words to cross the 50K finish line. Today, I wrote another 4000 words. And this weekend I plan to wrap up the novel altogether with the last two chapters of Love Truffle No. 9, thus completing the (very) rough draft of my second book in the … Continue reading Winning NaNoWriMo, and a few other exciting tidbits
Over the last several weeks, I've been working closely with my friend, Liz Carrasco, to create a cover that would perfectly embody what Forever Thirteen is all about. She read the story, and I gave her a vision of what I hoped the cover would look like. Well, she took that vision, and she created … Continue reading Forever Thirteen cover reveal!
Every second Sunday of the month is the Redwood Writers meeting, our region's group for writers of all types. I look forward to them every single month, and always come away completely inspired - from rubbing elbows with a bunch of wonderful writers and authors, to hearing the wisdom and advice from our monthly speaker. … Continue reading What’s my frequency, Kenneth? (Musings on genre)
I've been a lazy writer. I admit it. I have not done any book writing since NaNoWriMo, or book editing since December. I keep seeing other authors I follow in blogs and on Facebook talking about their work-in-progress, and the green-eyed monster in me wants to be doing what they're doing. But I'm not. I … Continue reading Being a lazy writer
I just sent out my 2nd newsletter today. Didn't get it? That means you're not on my mailing list! Click on the "Subscribe to Newsletter" link above to get on my mailing list and not miss anything. Here's what was sent out today: Happy December! I hope everything is going smooth as you gear up … Continue reading December book news
I admit it. Distraction is a major adversary when it comes to my writing. Every time I'm pinged with a new retweet on Twitter, a new comment on Facebook, a new email, a text message, or even a new thought that pops in my head that must be Googled, I'm taken from my writing and … Continue reading Writing without distraction
Writing a book is not my only source of income. Okay, who am I kidding? It hasn't quite reached the status of "income" yet. But it does take up a huge part of my time. After all, I love writing. I breathe writing. I've been writing ever since I learned how to pick up a … Continue reading How to be a writer, friend, parent, and full time employee…all at the same time