Crazy Writing in November and the Top 10 Most Bizzare Mental Disorders

November is the perfect month for writing and being creative, whether along with the gazillion people doing NaNoWriMo, or just because the weather has begun to suck so badly there’s just no other viable thing to do but curl up with a good book (preferably your own manuscript) and travel to another world. This yearContinue reading “Crazy Writing in November and the Top 10 Most Bizzare Mental Disorders”

Hopping To The Next Big Thing

Blog hops. Can’t live with them, can’t ignore them, lest thy upseteth the balance of the internet-eth. Hence — the hoppeling. Last week I got tagged by writer and friend Renée Miller, who got tagged by short story writer Helen Maryles Shankman, who got tagged by someone who got tagged, and so it hops along.Continue reading “Hopping To The Next Big Thing”

Amazon’s Author Ranking And Why It Means So Little

Last week, Amazon introduced a new author ranking system based on the sales of an author’s entire portfolio, not just on the sales of individual novels. It’s supposedly intended to empower authors, and Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords.com says “It’s a smart feature. It recognizes that the author — not the publisher — is the brandContinue reading “Amazon’s Author Ranking And Why It Means So Little”

What are you blogging for?

Last week, literary agent and blogger Rachelle Gardner put up a post on the need for a platform for each writer, and a heated discussion ensued, more or less centered on blogging being a time suck for writers, and of “platform” being more than just an online presence. This week, author Jody Hedlund reopened theContinue reading “What are you blogging for?”

Things I Learned While Drafting

Ladies and gentlemen, the first full draft of my novel has been completed! Woohoo!!! Yeah, yeah, I know: so what? Many writers finish novels, what’s so special about it, huh? Well, it’s special to me because it’s mine (thank you, Agent Obvious). It’s all my dreams and nightmares condensed, my ideas and fears displayed, myContinue reading “Things I Learned While Drafting”