As 2021 Ends. . .

I find myself trying to figure out the best way to navigate the upcoming year. There are publishing schedules to finalize, promotion opportunities to chase down and that little thing called real life to deal with. But it also means taking a hard look at my decisions this year--mainly at going wide--and figuring out whether... Continue Reading →

A Celebrated Birth

Merry Christmas, one and all! I’m taking a week off from the cover art tutorial. It’s a holiday, I’m traveling, and frankly the last week was crazypants, so I’ll do a better job when I have less demanding my attention elsewhere. This week, I thought about the day of my post, when many of our... Continue Reading →

High Standards, and What to Do About Them

I don't have ultra-high standards for most things. 'Good enough' is my usual, and I usually arrive at that through a complex calculus of examining my time, materials, tools, and the mental and emotional 'spoons' I can devote to the project. I've also recently internalized the concept that if you don't tell your audience you... Continue Reading →

Being Weird

Being weird is a full time job. Well, it's my full time job. I don't know what your excuse is. I mean, you probably do have one. Otherwise you wouldn't be reading here, right? ANYWAY, moving right along. Being self-confessedly weird, and getting back into writing by fits and starts (but mostly fits) since I'm... Continue Reading →

Christmas Week

OMG, how did we get here so quickly? I am not ready. Nope. Not at all. There are still gifts to buy, baking to be done and--crap!--I may start doing my White Rabbit imitation from Alice in Wonderland. "I'm late! I'm late!" Oh, and there are the final edits on a book to get done... Continue Reading →

The past is another country

I've just spent a weekend away with my son and daughter-in-law, in a little coastal resort on the Fleurieu Peninsula. It was lovely, but one of the days was so hot I spent it nursing the air-conditioner. Yes, I know, very self-sacrificing of me. I'm like that. The house - obviously a family's holiday spot... Continue Reading →

Reduce, Recycle, Reuse

One of those pieces of authorial advice I never really agreed with was to save all the deleted scenes and the bits that you started that never went anywhere. Oh, I could see the value for other authors - J. L. Curtis will write a scene that doesn't fit in the current book, but does... Continue Reading →

Cover Up: Part 1

It's been a while since I talked specifically about this topic, but it came up in private channels, and I've been talking with friend and fellow author Peter Grant about it, rather a lot. You see, Peter is gearing up to release a new book, he's gotten full rights back to the rest of that... Continue Reading →

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