Why I Don’t Self-Publish My Writing

We live in a time when the planets seem aligned to give everyone the power to self-publish their own book. Between ebooks and print-on-demand services anyone with a story to tell and the time or money to format a manuscript and slap together some cover art can publish their own work without any help fromContinue reading “Why I Don’t Self-Publish My Writing”

Supporting My Writing Habit

This week, I read a very interesting roundtable article by Liz Entman Harper on The Morning News. In it, seven published writers talk about how they continue writing while still having a full-time, 9-to-5 job. This is a question that has plagued me since I started working: How can I follow my dreams of beingContinue reading “Supporting My Writing Habit”

How It’s Made

“Laws, like sausages, cease to inspire respect in proportion as we know how they are made.” – John Godfrey Saxe We are on the eve of a hallowed time in the writer’s calendar. At the stroke of midnight on November 1, thousands of people around the world will start the long and arduous process ofContinue reading “How It’s Made”

Spotlight

I’ve performed before. I’ve been involved in theatre most of my life and for as long as I can remember, I never struggled with stage fright. But last night, it hit me. I was distracted; jittery; my hands shook. I was nervous when I took the stage. My own voice was blasting into my ear from aContinue reading “Spotlight”

In Which I Become a Big-Time Published Writer

I have exciting news — I have a published short story out on the Interwebs. It’s called “The Observable Universe” and you can read it right now on Creative Colloquy. It feels great to have my writing reach a larger audience, like hitting a grand slam while eating a pizza; like I’ve climbed to theContinue reading “In Which I Become a Big-Time Published Writer”

Nothing’s New; Everything’s New

I’ve spent a significant portion of my writing life discovering that my brilliant ideas have already been done. I wanted to write a fantasy epic, but J.R.R. Tolkien beat me to the punch by 50 years. I wanted to write about a socially challenged consulting detective only to find that not only was I aContinue reading “Nothing’s New; Everything’s New”

How Mickey Mouse Killed the Public Domain

On January 1, 2014, hundreds of works of art, literature and film were supposed to enter the public domain — to be used and modified by anyone for any purpose. Classic books like The Cat in the Hat, From Russia With Love, and On the Road; and landmark films like The Bridge on the RiverContinue reading “How Mickey Mouse Killed the Public Domain”

Please Don’t Ask Me About My Novel

Motivation is hard to find around this time of November. For a month, I’ve been dabbling on a novel as part of my yearly NaNoWriMo challenge. The goal is to write 50,000 words in 30 days…and I’m nearly 45,000 words behind. Needless to say, it’s been a rough year for noveling. I love the writing,Continue reading “Please Don’t Ask Me About My Novel”

Saving My Spot on the Shelf

Every time I go into a new bookstore, I always look for the shelf where my books will sit one day. Depending on the selection, I usually fall between the works of Robert Easton and the novels of David Ebershoff. I don’t know why I do it. A touch of vanity? Camaraderie? Reassurance? A challenge?Continue reading “Saving My Spot on the Shelf”

How Social Media Changes the Way We Write

Social media has changed the world. In a few short years, it transformed from a novelty for angsty teens into a force that literally topples governments. It changes the way we maintain friendships, the way we look for love, even the way we eat. Now, it is about to change the way writers craft theirContinue reading “How Social Media Changes the Way We Write”