I started the Holiday Recommended Reading List when I realized that I point out all the great holiday stories in January, after the season has passed. I am always a month behind in reporting what I read. So I wanted you to find the great stories that I’ve enjoyed over the months. I love holiday stories of all kinds. I save up the stories to […]
Every year, we hold a Business Master Class at the Oregon Coast. We gather a lot of knowledge and boot-strap information. All of us are indie or hybrid, and we’re looking for ways to improve our careers. And some of this is for me, since traveling to a big conference like NINC is exceedingly difficult for me (I can’t fly any more) and I’d […]
I love Halloween. It’s my favorite holiday. I love the scent of falling leaves, the hint of cold mixed with the beautiful sunlight autumn days. I love the Halloween decorations. I love the pumpkins. In fact, one of my favorite Halloween memories is actually a post-Halloween memory. When I lived in Madison, Wisconsin, I took the city bus to the university from nearby Middleton. Every […]
I mentioned a few posts back that I would have a lot of news this fall. And I do. It stuns me. First, let me thank all the people who have supported the Pulphouse Kickstarter so far. As I write this, we’ve hit two of our stretch goals and are halfway to the third. The first stretch goal guaranteed an extra electronic issue of the […]
Okay, full disclosure here: Very little in the title of this post is true. I’m not a slacker. I got behind due to Life Events. (See this week’s Business Blog.) Then I spent a week catching up. And then I taught the Mystery Workshop here on the coast—and had a blast. Great storytellers, every one of them. Sunday, I face-planted. But I had work to […]
I was trained in traditional publishing, where writers go begging for opportunity. Writers are taught to beg, from professors (let me into your class!) to critique groups (is my writing good enough?) to agents (will you take me on?) to publishers (will you buy my book?).
We’re not trained to value what we’ve built.
I don’t know about you folks, but I’ve had a heck of a tough year. Nothing super serious, in the scheme of things. Just a lot of sadness piling up, as I lost good friends (too many!), a favorite cat, dealt with illness and emergencies and some other smaller problems. Enough that I feel a bit worn out. Thank heavens for good books. Those of […]
I don’t know about all of you, but I’m getting a lot of reading done this summer. I suspect I might get even more done on August 21, since my hometown, Lincoln City, Oregon, is the first place the eclipse makes landfall, the experts predict we’ll have internet outages, power outages, and cell phone outages because of all the visitors taxing systems not meant to […]
If you’ve never tried the Diving series or if you haven’t yet sampled my Kristine Grayson Fates series or if you always wanted to try Fiction River, but never had time or if you like the stories you’ve read from the Uncollected Anthology and want to read more of them, then do I have a deal for you. (Imagine me twisting a handlebar mustache here.) […]
Okay, that’s a long title. But I couldn’t come up with anything pithy. As I type this, explosions shaking my house. Not because I’m in some kind of danger or because something bad has happened, but because I live in a tourist town. Here in the States, it’s our national holiday, the Fourth of July, which Americans have celebrated with fireworks since our founding. I […]