Top Ten Tuesday: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way From The Library
Top Ten Tuesday / May 31, 2016

I like funny, in case you haven’t noticed. Sometimes the funny is sarcastic. Sometimes it’s wry. Sometimes it tends a little toward the Three Stooges. Funny is different to different people, but it needs to be a few things: relatable timed right over the top, but not too over the top Some of my favorite writers have humor down cold. Here’s my top ten list, in no particular order: Jonathan Swift: while most know him for Gulliver’s Travels, his A Modest Proposal was my first introduction into satire– and I was hooked. William Shakespeare: not only has the man inspired me to want to be remembered for the words I bring to the world, but he has enough comedy to keep me entertained for days. My favorite varies, but I’m currently in love with As You Like It (subject to frequent change). Robert Aspirin’s Myth Adventures series taught me the power of puns. Piers Anthony later taught me that a pun could be overdone, which just barely keeps him off this list. Douglas Adams: Towels, 42, and  Vogon poetry. Enough said right there. He is the answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything. Sir Terry Pratchett: we lost a great man last year…

Top Ten Tuesday: Reasons I Make a Schedule
Top Ten Tuesday / May 24, 2016

Yesterday, I mentioned having deadlines for my writing. Today, I’m going to list my top ten reasons for why I have a schedule: A schedule lets me know where I’m going. For those of you who haven’t figured it out, I’m all for spontaneity as long as I have a map. Let me wander freely, yes, but tell me where I’m going first. A schedule pushes me to complete things. A lot of us (not all of us) like to have a deadline to work toward. I love deadlines. I do my best work with deadlines. A schedule gives me an excuse to make lists. I also love lists. Schedules are just detailed lists. A schedule helps me not forget anything. Have you ever finished a project only to realize you forgot the cover? I never have, but I also have a schedule that clearly states when the cover needs to be started and finished. A schedule reduces tension. Because I always know what I need to do or haven’t done, I can stress less about the process and just worry about the writing. A schedule lets me tell other people where I’m at. If you have an editor, a…

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Reasons I Self-Publish
Top Ten Tuesday / May 17, 2016

There are hundreds (okay, dozens) of great reasons to self-publish. After some debate (meaning I went to the bathroom, then came back and made this list), here are my top ten: No rejection letters. True, it’s a form of rejection when a reader doesn’t buy your book, but you don’t get a politely-worded form letter when it happens. My ego can remain tenuously intact. Freedom! I can write what I want and not worry about #1. I do try to keep my writing relevant to the market (ie, deciding to try for a second Bobian book this year because my public actually asked for it), but otherwise I have a lot of creative freedom. Lifelong learning. I like to learn. I waste– er, gainfully employ hours on end learning new things that I might never need to know. For example, while the popular vision of zombies can only happen through a type of witchcraft or magic, there are parasites, spores, and other agents that might allow a type of zombie infestation. You wanted to know that, I know. You’re welcome. I get to keep all the moneys. While 100% of a piddling is a pittance, 30% of a piddling is…

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Reasons I Love Twitter
Top Ten Tuesday / May 10, 2016

I admit it. I have fallen in love with Twitter. Here are ten quick reasons why: Real time interaction When you talk to someone on Twitter, chances are good they’re right there talking back. It’s the closest thing to old-school chat rooms (outside of new-school chat rooms). The ability to follow famous people without being a stalker I admit it, I get a kick out of reading tweets from famous people. Stephen King and I have an online relationship and he doesn’t even know it. (Or he didn’t before this post.) Quick moments of inspiration Being interactive in a quick way puts my brain into high creative gears. Less invasive for my writing time than Facebook (sorry, Facebook!) I allow myself time on Twitter only a couple of times a day. Once I close it, I ignore it. Facebook pokes at me all day. Cleans up those adverbs and adjectives I only have 140 characters. I don’t waste a lot of them on adverbs and adjectives, which indirectly translates to cleaner writing. #Hashtags, #Hashtags, and more #Hashtags I have a not-so-secret love affair going with #Hashtags. Unfortunately, she refuses to be exclusive. Fortunately, no one else seems to mind. How…