Business Musings: Phantom 2020 (A Process Blog)

First, let me simply say that I’m tired. I have a lot of plans for this weekly blog, a long list of to-dos that require a bit of research, a lot of thinking, and some time. I will have the time in about five days. I’m finishing up two huge projects that took most of my attention from the middle of January to now. Add […]

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Business Musings: Schrödinger’s Future

It’s the uncertainty, really, that’s driving us all crazy. Yes, many of us are dealing with incredible fear, and some with horrible loss. A number of us have gotten sick or, in some instances, have had to ignore our sicknesses and treatments while hospitals handled COVID patients and emergencies only. But behind it all is a nagging ill-defined dread that makes it hard to work […]

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Business Musings: The Year Ahead…Again

In early January, I arrogantly wrote a post about the year ahead, reminding writers that this was an election year, so they needed to plan for a sales slowdown in the fall. I even said I wasn’t sure if the election would have repercussions in the spring and summer, since I was expecting a protracted primary season. And, oh, yeah! The impeachment. Remember that? Discussed […]

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Business Musings: The Trainwreck

I’m sure you’ve all gotten the question lately: How are you going to survive as a writer with the crisis in the publishing industry? Every news outlet —well, at least every news outlet that reports news other than the latest virus statistics—has done at least one story on the decimation of the publishing industry. And let me be honest here: The traditional publishing industry is […]

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Business Musings: My Travels This Week (A Process Blog)

This week, I have traveled to Ancient Greece, Mississippi in 1933, Grand Central Station in 1939, Houston Texas in 1969, small town Alabama in 1977, Paris in an undefined now, and somewhere in space at the end of the 24th century. And then there’s the unintentionally alternate 2020 of network television, which showed me what St. Patrick’s Day might have looked like in Washington, D.C. […]

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Business Musings: A Crisis Like No Other (A Process Blog)

Well, I was wrong. A month or so ago, I warned that what we’re going through is a black swan event, that it would have an economic impact, and we as business owners needed to be braced. Then, as things got even worse, I decided this was a double black swan—a crisis without good leadership to carry us through to the other side. And it […]

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Business Musings: The Waiting Game Part Two (A Process Blog)

One of our jobs as small business owners is to predict the future. (And writers, you are small business owners, whether you like that characterization or not.) We have to do forecasting, weeks, months and even years out. The good news is that anyone who manages a household has a handle on how to do some of this. You know what your paycheck is, what […]

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Business Musings: The Waiting Game (A Process Blog)

Sometime in the middle of this very long week, I posted a note on Facebook: If 2020 were a novel, I would be skipping to the end to see how all these storylines play out. Because, seriously, you can’t make this stuff up. Or as comedian Stephen Colbert said this week (and I paraphrase), What I wouldn’t give for a dull moment. I write this […]

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Business Musings: Traditional Publishing Stupidity

I’m in the middle of putting my “Rethinking The Writing Business” posts on licensing into a book, having blown past my deadline because I require sleep every now and then. It looks like I’ll have that, plus the additional chapters and material, done within two weeks…. If the world would get out of my way. I mean it. Seriously. Every time I look at the […]

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Business Musings: Comfort Zones

For the past two years, I have lived outside my comfort zone. Some of that is because of our sudden move to Las Vegas. Not only am I in a new community, a new state, and a new region, I’m also living farther south than I ever have in my life. The sun behaves differently down here. Winter behaves differently down here. Yes, the amount […]

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