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…