Some days, you struggle and struggle and struggle to find the right words. You wonder why you chose such a profession. You spend some time researching other potential professions. Every idea, every thought, every word you manage to eke out feels ridiculous and wrong. Some days you pull forth each word with great effort, occasionally… Continue reading The Reason Why
Things that I have been unduly excited about since I discovered they were a Thing: - Flannel sheets - Bat boxes that have the Batman logo - Copy edits One of the things I've realized I'm good at over the years has been picky details. Since learning the exact nature of copy editing, I've been… Continue reading From the Debut Trenches: The Copy Edits Are Among Us
The forecast predicts we're gonna get 40s from here on until March, the trees are budding, the bulbs are bulbening, and the river has claimed most of the nearby park and golf course - which means we can officially call it. Winter is fading. It's Spring-inning. I can't lie. I'm going to miss the snow… Continue reading Spring-inning
I started Book Three back in July and got a sizeable chunk done (50k words! woo!), but then edits for 1 & 2 intervened and months passed and now here I am again. Staring into the abyss. I've spent the last two weeks grappling with this book, the plot I have, the words I've written.… Continue reading Book 3, Draft 0.5
I have had a love-hate relationship with Twitter right from the start. Its ephemeral and impermanent nature is both a draw (no obligation to understand context or scroll back for days!) and a drawback (everything exists in the void!). I initially joined to assist in my search for agents, and then I stayed because of… Continue reading Giving Up Twitter for Lent
Betas, man. What would we do without them? They're magical creatures, willing to take the time out of their days, weeks, (months?), to glance over an unpolished manuscript and not only give feedback, but give supporting details and thoughts and comments and maybe - hopefully - a few ideas on what they think might help.… Continue reading Stop! – It’s Beta Time!