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Launching with Kingsley Grant

  A few months ago, I was privileged to be a guest on Kingsley Grant's podcast, The Mid-Life Launch. Since then, I've become a fan of the show and consider Kingsley Grant to be a friend. Kingsley is a speaker, a coach and an author and is one of those people that...

James Divine Inspiration

  A few months ago, I had the pleasure to hear James Divine speak at a local event called, The Story Project. His speech was emotional, encouraging and inspiring. He and I have had the chance to connect a few times afterwards and I now consider him a friend. I...

The Skill of the Lucky

Some years ago, I was into poker: Texas Hold 'em poker. I got quite good at the game and felt a little cocky about it after a while. I spent lots of time practicing. I spent lots of time reading books like Super System. I frequently played charity-style matches with a...

4 Ways to Tell a Story

  Those that know me well, know that I'm not just an author. I'm a designer in my day job. I'm also a photographer, amateur actor and amateur filmmaker. These disciplines might seem diverse on the surface, but in reality, for me, each sprouts from the same part...

Grammar Crimes – Antiprescriptivism

"Antiprescriptivism" yeah, I made up a word. Cuz, know what? That's how the English language works, sukkah! Woah, I'm slummin' it teh keyboardshortcutters. DWI. Last year, Weird Al Yankovic produced a song and video called, Word Crimes. It was funny and I love Weird...

Looking for Beta Readers

ARCs are almost ready! An ARC is an Advanced Reader Copy. In days past, publishers would send out printed copies to a select group of readers to proofread and provide feedback on books before they were published. These days, though, this seems so archaic (and...

I’m a Writer, not a Writer

  If you spend enough time around writers, you'll certainly notice that they care a great deal about words, word-smithing, language, grammar, and all sorts of topics concerning "writing well." You'll encounter the aspiring Hemingways and Burkowskis. You know the...

The Surprising Truth About Your Keyboard

Do you know why the keys on a keyboard are laid out the way they are? Conventional wisdom says, "It was designed to slow typists down to prevent the jamming of keys." Oh yeah? Is that really true? If that's true, riddle-me-this: why are 'e' and 'r'--the fourth most...

Celebrate!

  All of the "fix it" writing is done. All of my proof-reading is done. All of my self-editing is done. It's time to celebrate. Celebrate! This means that the Sneak Peak will probably be going out this week. This means I'm hiring an editor this week. This means...

Lessons from the Slump – Moving Forward

    This past week, I worked to recover from a slump I fell into the previous week. During that "slump week," I felt worn out and I had trouble accomplishing anything. Editing can be exhausting, especially self-editing. All of the work I was "supposed" to...

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