This review is long overdue, as I read the book months ago. I also should disclose that I read it mainly because, although I love mysteries, I had met Prakash Dighé through the Dallas, TX writing community and found him to be a very kind man who had lived an interesting life. I wanted to… Continue reading Not your typical police procedural…
Writing is a strange profession. I don't know many other careers where you're expected to publicly critique and review your colleagues' work. Usually I feel awkward doing that, especially when it's somebody I know, but this time it's a pleasure. Those of you who read the Unleashing February newsletter know that I intended to read… Continue reading Meet Author Kathleen Baldwin and her Stranje House series.
We've all heard some version of the old adage, "If you're not changing, you're dying." Since you last read a blog post from me, I've done a lot of changing. July and August was spent working on a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for my book Why's That Dog in Here? (it wasn't successfully funded,… Continue reading Are you keeping up with the changes? Life & Social Media
Giving Paws, Martha L. Thompson, Self-Help: Personal Growth/Happiness Stars: 4.5 I must confess at the outset that this book was sent to me by the author. She discovered my website a number of months before her book was released. As we both write about experiences with invisible/chronic illnesses and our service dogs, we quickly connected.… Continue reading Giving Paws–Book Review and Recommendation
Can you think of any aspect of life that wouldn’t benefit from some intentional thought, planning, or reflection? I can’t either. That’s probably why you know successful doctors, teachers, entrepreneurs, coaches, creatives, scientists, friends, and family who are committed journal writers. Just in case you haven’t seen the research and articles about the benefits of… Continue reading What Should I Write About?
There, I said it. Besides the fact that it’s hard work to keep creating stories, putting those ideas on paper in a format that others can access (from my mind to the your mind…sounds rather like a Vulcan mind meld), and then the required platform building and marketing… Most readers don’t understand that fiction writers,… Continue reading Writing Fiction is Scary
Family, Friends, Romans, all y’all, lend me your ear… Now that Topaz has your attention… As I was sharing my publishing goals for this summer with a friend last night, we got on the topic of book marketing. Wait, don’t leave! I need to set this up so I can ask your opinion. Yes, all y’all… Continue reading Book Sales … thoughts and questions
I rarely blog about best-selling books, but I just finished reading The 4-Hour Workweek (#4HWW) by Tim Ferriss, and it got me thinking… I chose to read it because it is referred to over and over by many of the writing and productivity bloggers and podcasters I follow. #4HWW permeates my Twitter feed. Tim Ferriss… Continue reading #4HWW Impressions and Inspiration
This is my first blog post using speech recognition technology (SRT) as my means of writing. After posting a picture of my notebook and workspace by the pool last week, I received a comment expressing surprise that I still wrote by hand. How fortunate are we today that we have so many tools at our disposal,… Continue reading Using SRT and Intentional Blogging
I'm frustrated. With myself. sigh... I am a writer. I love to write. But I also love to read. These days I find more of my time is being spent in reading about writing, reading blogs by other writers, and reading for my own pleasure and research than I do actually writing. Who would've ever… Continue reading Reading and Writing Frustrations