I'm reading books faster than I can review them, and although I'm excited about the next book review post, I feel like I need to address something: burnout and poor health. It plagues every profession, so let's dive in. "My spirit is not well today."More silly drawings are on Instagram @dapplewrites Sometime in October, an … Continue reading Burnout
I handed over my manuscript to an editor a little while ago, thinking I'd have oodles of free time to do other stuff. But what have I been doing? Let's see... I read nine books, which is quite an improvement Successfully avoided blogging 😉 Realized I spent too much time on social media and cut … Continue reading At the Editor. Now what?
Spare time is like riding unicorns through rainbows while pigs fly about my head. It never seems to happen except when I neglect my household. Well, get ready for some spare time I've made. Maybe you can read it while watching your own pigs fly. I've been challenged to participate in #Authortalktuesday. I think that … Continue reading Author Newbie Tag 2.0: When Pigs Fly
I realized I don't talk about my work in progress much, at least not with people who don't have a reason to care. One of the groups I admin did the #WIPjoy tag a while back, and I thought it was pretty fun! It is a good exercise in getting us to think about our … Continue reading #WIPjoy: About Fodder for Pigs
If you asked me a year or two ago if I wanted to write microfiction, I would have Googled it and said: "no, I'm working on my novel." This would be a mistake. A new novel writer ought to have a collection of short stuff or risk being completely unknown in front of the "jury" … Continue reading Tall Socks: A Microfiction
Google Images. You can find just about anything there. Google pulls images from every website it can index and displays them in the order it thinks you want to see. It's kind of like a menu. A poisonous menu. Don't use them in your work. I spent a few years in marketing searching for just … Continue reading Avoid Using Google Images in Your Work
By the time I was old enough to have pet rabbits, a power-hungry rabbit with malocclusion (misaligned teeth that don't stop growing) took over the world and sent people on a run for their lives. In college, I made an animation out of it just for fun. Trust me, it was bad. Our rabbits were … Continue reading Story Minds all Start Somewhere
Nothing hurts more or feels better than reviews on your written work. But it seems hard to get reviews when authors are just starting out. Let's say you go into a grocery store with your baby and: Your babysitter happens to be shopping as well. She looks over and coos "my, chubby cheeks is looking … Continue reading Who Can Compliment Authors’ Babies on Amazon