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
If you're like me, you probably make the same resolution every year: this year, I'm finally going to write that book, proposal, grant, manual, or dissertation. Then you get stuck. Then you get busy. Then you give up. Sound familiar? It has been for me, too. So let's think about what we can do about… Continue reading Do you need a Writing Coach?
The traditional fourth anniversary gift is fruit or flowers, and the modern gift is appliances. This vegan is always happy to eat more fruit and look at beautiful flowers. As for appliances, other than a Vitamix for my kitchen, I think I'm good...but then again those ads for the new Samsung Note7 are calling to… Continue reading Happy Fourth Anniversary Elevator Pitch
Recently I was challenged to tell my life story in six words. Being a novel writer who loves details, this was more than a little daunting. I think I finally figured it out. I make plans and God laughs. I am a planner. Since childhood. I enjoy working out details, crafting goals, and anticipating the… Continue reading Planning~~Laughing~~Writing
I hate posts that start out "sorry I haven't written lately, but..." so I won't do that today. Or I could pretend I'm going to confession... "Forgive me, dear reader, it's been four months since my last post..." It's been a hard four months. Bad doctor visits, disappointing MRI results, frustration and pain all around.… Continue reading Meanwhile…
I have always been an insatiable reader. I don't even remember learning to read. I've always read everything that crossed my path, cereal boxes, books, newspapers, ingredient lists, every sign in every museum I've gone to... you get the idea. So imagine the horror of waking up after my second stroke and realizing I couldn't read.… Continue reading My Top 5 Favorite Books of 2014
It's New Year's Eve. Usually this is the day I spend gearing up and getting ready to launch my new goals. Today is different because I didn't accomplish a single, not one SINGLE, goal that I set for 2014. And they were excellent goals. I put a lot of time, thought, and planning into my… Continue reading Reflecting on 2014 goals…
Some of you have commented about my weight-loss. As of January 2014, I had lost 78 pounds. Many have asked how I did it, so here's the facts. No judgement or preaching, just sharing my story and what worked for me. I'm adding links so you can check out the references, if you so desire. I grew… Continue reading Answering the Weight-Loss Questions
As I'm sure every pre-published author has, I read Stephen King's On Writing, and pretty much every other autobiography of successful novelists I could get my hands on. The majority started out writing and selling short stories. So, I prepared to do the same thing. I have written some flash fiction (short, short stories of 1,000… Continue reading The Next Step–Get Published!