Art Where I Least Expect It

Saturday (yesterday) was my first time going to Bedford Centerfest. Centerfest is a community festival that takes place in Bedford, VA every year. The downtown shops of Bedford are open, and there are food vendors, crafts, live music, history, and craft beer. Essentially, it’s an opportunity for Bedford to show visitors why they should be…

Things I Learned at the Big Lick Comic-Con

I had so much fun at the Big Lick Comic-Con this past Saturday! On a side note, it was empowering to set off, on my own and spend the day around other creatives. In the past, I would only have done something like this if I had someone to go with. Now, there’s something wonderful…

How I use music to inspire my writing

Music is like magic. Put a song on and you’re transported back to where you were the first time you heard that song, or maybe you’re transported back to your first kiss. Or the first time you fell in love. Music is like magic. That’s why I use it to get me in the mood…to…

The Path to Authorpreneurship – Part 4

The Path to Authorpreneurship – Part 4 – Edits and Revisions! This is the fun part. Ha! I’m lying. At least partially. Edits are not fun. Revisions are, so let’s talk about revisions first. Revisions – A lot of new writers think that they’re supposed to sit down, crank out a book, and it’ll be…

How to Handle FAILURE!

This may come as a surprise, but everyone has failed. People who are at the top of their field, they all have failed. Singer/songwriter, Sade, was turned down by numerous record companies. One record company rep told her to get out of the music business because he didn’t think she had a voice! JK Rowling’s…

Dealing with Rejection

If you want to make a living writing books (or in fact do anything in the arts on a professional level), you have to be thick skinned. Rejection, insults, they all come with the job. Though, having written for a publishing house and as an indie, one of the perks of being an indie is…

The Path to Authorpreneurship – Part 3

The Path to Authorpreneurship – Part 3 – Wearing Many Hats! If you want to go indie, being an authorpreneur is pretty much part of the deal. Unless you have money to pay people to do all the extra things that need to be done, you’ll be doing those things yourself. And even if you…

The Path to Authorpreneurship – Part 2

The Path to Authorpreneurship – Part 2 – Productivity! In Part 1 we talked about writing. Part 2 is going to be a bit of an extension of that, but not so much about writing as how to make the time to write. That’s “write”, we’re talking about productivity. Like I mentioned previously, to earn…

The Path to Authorpreneurship – Part 1

The Path to Authorpreneurship – Part 1 – Write That Book! As you can see from the below pic, indie authors basically go around in shiny clothing and straw hats, begging people to take their picture. Or maybe that’s just me…. When I’ve done book readings, I’ve noticed that most people don’t understand what indie…

My Favorite RV

Got books? The answer to that question for me is a resounding, yes! I got a box of books last week and am getting another box, probably this week. Don’t get too excited, though. The books are my books, so I’ve already read them and I know how they end. What makes this book delivery…

Sunday Roundup #6 (a few days late)

Goal #1 – Write 10K a week – Last week I didn’t write 10K, but there’s a good reason for that. I was focused on fixing a plot hole. For this plot hole, I ended up adding a few new characters (that I’ll have to add to the second book) and a new subplot. I’m…

Sunday Roundup #5 (a.k.a. peeing in the forest)

Goal #1 – Write 10K a week – This week I didn’t do much writing. It was all about editing. I have a book signing in April and wanted to have the second Bridgeport (Zoe Matthews, the Unwanted Ghost, and the Magicians) paperback out by then. That meant, I had to wrap up my last…