So, where have I been? I spent a couple of months in Figment-land. Apparently there was a big dispute about whether adjectives are good or bad in literature. Little Bo Peep and her crew were in favor; those with shorter names were often not in favor. It was a mess. After the Figments, I went to Cawdor High, but it was on something called “summer break”. No one there. I did hear a rumor that Riley and Mr. Boogerschniggle had moved o...

Cover Reveal: The Wicked Witch of Whatever AND New Contest!
Promotions , Uncategorized / September 20, 2016

Yes, it’s that time. Another cover has reared its not-so-ugly head and is ready to be revealed to the world. I give you The Wicked Witch of Whatever. This YA paranormal/ urban fantasy (still trying to figure out that exact niche) is set at Cawdor High School for the (Magical) Arts. I don’t have a blurb yet. Are you nuts? I’m still rewriting. What if I rewrite something that gives me the perfect blurb? All you need t...

Where’s Zanzibar? (Tricky Graphic Not Included)
Uncategorized / September 15, 2016

  My dear readers, my deepest apologies for leaving you high and dry without any blog entries for a while. I’ve taken this “become a Real Person” thing to an extreme and have not only been working a regular “day job to pay the bills”, but have also encountered Illness and Surprise Events. While such things are very useful for content of writing, they are less useful for the practice of writing. Or f...

My Words Are on Vacation
Uncategorized / August 18, 2016

I have no words. I have a theory that the more real I become, the harder words become to find. How do normal people write? How unreal do you have to be for words to flow like sunshine down the side of an ice floe? I’m not sure, but I think this reality thing is way overrated. I got a day job. It was part of an experiment to see if I could become Real. The day job, however, has now consumed my life and, in effect, become my real...

Your Life Main Character
Uncategorized / August 16, 2016

  We’ve all heard the saying (if you haven’t, lie to me; I don’t mind): be the main character in your story. I think maybe it’s brought us a profound sense of deserving to be the main character… and has also led us to believe that being anything but the main character is somehow less. I’ve decided I’m not the main character in my story. Why would I want to be, anyway? Some of my very fav...

Summer Indie Book Awards Nominations
Uncategorized / August 9, 2016

  I have been nominated for an indie book award for The Annals of Bobian.  I’m super-excited and hope you’ll all vote, whether you vote for me or any of the other nominees. However, not to rest on my laurels, you should go vote to nominate your favorite indie books here as well. If you’re interested in reading The Annals of Bobian and haven’t, leave a comment here. I’ll choose one person from the co...

Pacemaker Summer Olympics
Uncategorized / August 4, 2016

I’m a speedy writer. When I say that, I’m not bragging. I’m also a writer with a moderate attention span. I prefer to slam through a first draft in 45 days and be done with it than belabor over it for months and months. I have been working on The Wicked Witch of Whatever, off and on, since November. Pacemaker, a project writing website, is having a challenge called the Pacemaker Summer Olympics. In this challenge, w...

Mall Cats?
Uncategorized / August 2, 2016

I am a fan of Pokémon Go. I’m also a fan of people watching. Since I’m having issues (again) with getting teen lingo right in my current WIP, I went to the local-ish mall to do some hunting and watching. It turns out this was the mall for People of Significant Monetary Means. Figments are not People of Significant Monetary Means. I stayed anyway, because this mall had some very nice Pokémon just wandering around (and a lo...

X Marks the Spat
Uncategorized / July 28, 2016

I managed, with my usual aplomb, to find myself in the middle of a discussion that turned into a mild argument– on Twitter. It takes extreme talent to argue on Twitter and I don’t advise it. Better to admit my inadequacies and move on: I need far more than 140 characters to really get my teeth in a topic. However, the point isn’t the dispute, but the subject of dispute. We were discussing gatekeepers and whether or ...

Being Real
Motivation Monday / July 26, 2016

I am starting to see the effects of my ongoing experiment to be a Real Writer (and Real Person). First, I’ve acquired one of those day jobs. I like day jobs, as a general concept. It’s something new to do and it provides endless fodder for my writing. But it cuts into the writing time itself. I’ve tried getting up earlier. I’ve stopped rewatching Galavant on loop at night. I even do a little less housework. I&...

Wednesday. Is It Wednesday? (Reminder #BeTheLight)
Uncategorized / July 13, 2016

First, a reminder. Don’t forget to #BeTheLight tomorrow and spread humor on social media. Funny cat videos (because who doesn’t like laughing at cats when they use up one of their nine lives?), personal anecdotes, or just silly jokes. Share them everywhere. FLOOD media and social media with the funniest things you can find.  Tag them with #BeTheLight Will this solve anything? No. It won’t. But when we can laugh, we can break ou...