The Post-NaNoWriMo Freak-Out

“The End” you type with satisfaction. You sit back in your chair at Starbucks, glowing with the pride of completion. You’ve just finished a literary marathon, and for that, you are a god. SACRAMENTAL SCREAM (working title) is destined to be a classic. You order a second latte and a scone. Why not? You’ve earned it, baby. The next…

Books Are Like Cheese

My bookshelf on Amazon is like the gourmet cheese section of the grocery store. It’s full of exotic offerings that elicit strange looks and head scratches from most people. The small cross-section of the population that ADORES imported cheeses with unpronounceable names? They seek me out. Everyone else? Not so much. When readers, er, shoppers do stumble upon my wares, the…

Keeping NaNoWriMo Alive (even if you quit)

I’m a loser. Yep! There is officially no way for me to make my 50,000 words for National Novel Writing Month unless I start pulling double shifts between now and the end of the month – and by double, I mean writing for eight hours during the day, stopping for a microwave dinner, and continuing on…

Rocking NaNoWriMo

This post is going to be short, since I’m saving my “words” for NaNoWriMo. I debated whether or not to join this year since I’m in the middle of a novel right now and not at the beginning. But a friend convinced me it wasn’t cheating as long as the word count was legitimate. So…

The Tenacity of Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe was a stubborn man. And thank heavens he was, or we might not have “The Raven.” Every time I dig deeper into his background, I discover another fork in the road where he might’ve given up, but didn’t. He had more misery than most – some self-created – but he never let it stand in…

I Gave Up Hope (And I Feel So Much Better)

This might seem strange to you, but I gave up hope a few weeks ago, and I’ve never felt better. Let me explain. I’ve been toiling away at the profession of writing now for over a decade, and I don’t have much to show for it. Here is where others would tell you about their…