for September, 2013

4 ways to make time to write.

September 30, 2013

I’m forty-four days into my one-year commitment to writing a blog post for this website every single day. Really? Only forty-four? You mean I have to write another three-hundred and twenty-one posts? I’m only twelve percent done! Well, that’s a depressing realization. Okay, it’s really not that bad. I enjoy keeping this blog alive and it kind of forces me to write every day, which is something all writers should be doing anyway. But that doesn’t mean it’s always easy. There are two big walls that get in my way sometimes. One, finding something to write about. Two, finding time to write it down. Maybe I’ll tackle the “finding something” topic later, but today, we’re talking about time. If you missed it, I’m recently married, I own my own marketing business, I’m working on getting a book published, I’m writing other books on the side, and I’m trying to get a blog post up every single day. That’s challenging. Hell, […]


What is urban fantasy?

September 29, 2013

If you’ve been keeping up with this blog, you’ve probably noticed me saying I prefer to write urban fantasy. Maybe you know what that means. Maybe you gloss over it and read “fantasy, right, got it.” Either way, when I’m explaining my writing to people face-to-face, I’m almost inevitably met with one question: “What is urban fantasy?” To be honest, I could probably tell people I’m a fantasy writer. It isn’t a lie. However, there is a certain picture people have in their head when you say, “I write fantasy.” They think of dragons and quests, of mythical creatures and of unknown worlds. I don’t write that. Let’s take a brief look at the different kinds of fantasy out there. Now, there are literally too many fantasy sub-genres for me to get into, but this is a decent, basic list. Epic Fantasy -This is the tale of a young nobody who becomes a somebody with immense power and must go […]


Fixing the cracks in your story.

September 28, 2013

So, we’ve got this nice new house, right? All is fine and dandy. The place is great. Everything is in order and life is awesome. Except that our homeowner’s insurance company decided to wait until AFTER we’ve paid them AND closed on the house to tell us they won’t cover us if we don’t fix our driveway by October 7th. We have a giant driveway. Like, really giant. If it wasn’t on a big hill, I would argue that I could easily fit at least eight cars in it. Oh, and if it didn’t have those massive cracks and canyons from the tree roots jutting across it (please reference the picture above). Anyway, that’s what the husband and I are working on this weekend–fixing the cracks in our driveway–and again, I decided to make a connection between that and writing. (Remember the atrocity that was the “writing a book is like painting a wall” thing that was a loose analogy […]


8 careers for writers.

September 27, 2013

In my post about the things they don’t tell you when you’re getting a creative writing degree, I made a reference to all the different career options out there for creative writer types. I figured that merited it’s own post entirely, considering there really are a ton of options you may not realize you have. This is actually something I’d written up and had published before my website went down, but it’s worth revisiting and republishing for people who are interested in being professional “writers” even if that doesn’t mean they have a book out yet (or aren’t making enough on that book to live on–which will be the vast majority of us). But let’s face it–most writers never successfully publish their books, and if they do, they make pennies compared to the JK Rowlings of the world. Most writers are “working writers.” In other words, they have the job they do to pay their bills, and then the write. […]


Back to writing.

September 26, 2013

Depression is a huge topic on the internet. If you read Jenny Lawson’s blog (she’s better known as The Bloggess), not only will you find yourself laughing so hard you’re peeing your pants, but you’ll read a lot about depression and suicide prevention. Similarly, another one of my favorite blogs, Hyperbole and a Half, just had a few posts discussing depression after a long hiatus. These aren’t the only examples–if you look around long enough, you’ll find all kinds of websites, blogs, pages, and the like dedicated to talking about depression. Others, like the ones above, mention it because the authors themselves struggle with the disease. I even ran across one blog written by a woman whose husband had committed suicide after years and years of trying to handle it on his own. Yikes. So, let me start out by saying, I don’t consider myself depressed. Real depression is a much more dangerous, much more permanent thing than what I […]

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