Philosophy & Insight

April 11, 2017

Small steps, not giant leaps

The 2017 Brain to Books Cycon was a blast. The day after wasn't what I expected. Some valuable lessons were learned through this disparity.
March 22, 2017

What’s in a Brand?

Branding sets companies, organizations, and writers apart from one another. It's meant to be focused and on point. However, like anything where experts offer advice, sometimes contradictory, it can leave one lost, confused, and running around in circles. In this post, I address some issues that might be affecting my brand.
March 20, 2017

Writing Bad Things as a Good Person

I’m an animal lover who believes in do no harm to my fellow human being or any creature that I come in contact with, but I write stories that contain violence against man and beast. In this world where darkness and light are a part of life, it would be unrealistic and unbelievable if I didn’t. Even with this stance, I still have a moral dilemma that keeps rearing its head.
February 17, 2017

My Titles Come From My Heart

My titles reflect not only my story, but who I am and what the story means to me. Making money would be nice, but I'm not going to sacrifice the integrity of my words for a buck. I write and say what I mean. Packaging myself, or my works up, in some smelly perfume just to appeal to the masses isn't who I am.
February 8, 2017

Quiet, but here

A quiet muse and frustrated geek involved in a book release... Just a typical hump day for an author.
January 20, 2017

Accepting criticism with grace

What if we could set the competition aside and use each other's knowledge and experience to create a better place for everyone? Idealistic and naive, maybe. Still it's something we all need to consider, especially in the divisive and uncertain climate we all seem to find ourselves in.
January 11, 2017

Finding Time By Making Time

Who we spend time on is as precious the seconds that pass through our hands. Who is more precious than oneself? If we don't invest in our health and well-being the time we invest in other things isn't going to matter. Feeling like we don't have enough time for things is a major cause of stress. Here's a few things I am doing to build my time portfolio.
January 9, 2017

Why do I continue to write?

Someone asked me this question over New Year's dinner, questioning the motivation for doing something that wasn't selling, or making any money. I gave them the simple answers of needing at least two books to start the name-building process and wanting to finish what I started. Here's the more complicated ones.
January 2, 2017

Shifting perspective: Healing a heart and soul

New Year's is a moment of new beginnings. Sometimes they happen before the stroke of midnight on January 1st. Other times, after. This is the story of one such event that lead to emotional healing and a new attitude toward life and editing.
November 10, 2016

Apology accepted, forgiveness may be never.

Losing friends is hard. How they are lost can lessen or increase the accompanying pain and grief. I lost a friend due to betrayal over twenty years ago. In trying to find a new direction for my book marketing, I may have found his apology to me.
October 5, 2016

After almost a month of silence

Life happens. A quick update of what is going on with the series after almost a month silence. Doesn't meant work has stopped. In fact, there are now two new old books in the WIP progress list. The rest of the books also now have statuses so I know where I'm at with them.
June 4, 2016

6 years and 201 posts

On June 23rd, I began this blog with a post entitled The Journey Begins Yet Again and the words: I’ve been a writer on and off […]
May 14, 2016

Music or not to music

One of my favorite questions in author interviews is any variations of “Do you listen to music when I write?” I always respond that it depends […]
May 14, 2016

A few changes

I’m now officially writing two blogs. This one, which will still remain technology and writing-focused and the one I’m writing on my Stars of Heros website, which focuses […]
April 11, 2016

Monday slush brain

This weekend was the 2016 Brain to Books Cyber Convention on Goodreads. Last year, it was a modest gathering of with booths, giveaways, and a few others […]
February 3, 2016

Being Mindful: When doing something wrong teaches you something right

In my attempt to find new sources of income, I signed up for two jobs that didn’t work out. The first was rating ads. I don’t […]