In nine days, it will be six months since I was admitted to ICU. Septic infection (urinary tract infection plus blockage caused by kidney stones) caught everyone by surprise. For five days (three of them while sedated on a ventilator), my body struggled to win the fight for life. And yet here I am, back … Continue reading Day 34: When ‘Shake It Off’ takes a while
For today's indie author, social media is the only game in town. It's the most effective way to promote my books. Most of my sales are ebooks. And with a series? An eager reader can get the next book right away. It's kind of perfect for word-of-mouth impulse buying. See it, click it, read it. Shazam! … Continue reading Day 28: Social Media, baby!
My first books carried an awesome recommendation--that of beloved Austen author, Pamela Aidan. Anyone familiar with the genre will recognize the name, and will probably say that Pamela's books are among her favorites. I blush to tell you that I did not have to ask. Pamela offered to endorse my books simply because she is … Continue reading Day 22: Talk about an ideal endorsement!
That's what today's prompt asks for: a "true bibliophile." I didn't have to go far to find one because my blogging pal fits the bill nicely. In Robin Helm's own words, here is how an avid reader comes to be. <><><> Reading has fascinated me since I was old enough to understand words. I am the … Continue reading Day 19: Meet Robin Helm, bibliophile
The most challenging part of my book process is also the most basic: the writing of it. Words from my creative mind to the page--yeah, that's the hardest. It all comes down to time, and to produce a book I cannot rely on summer breaks only. I must write during the school year. It's either … Continue reading Day 16: Sometimes even coffee can’t help!
Okay, so the title is a joke. It's "for all intents and purposes," although my high school students sometimes get it wrong. I hide a smile, fix it, and move on. Today's prompt asks about editing, which is what I am involved with now. As in right now, today. And it's like I'm operating in … Continue reading Day 14: Editing, “for all intensive purposes”
Today's prompt wants to know which literary character I would invite for coffee and why. But--must I choose only one? Hey, how about one at a time? That's the way I prefer to entertain anyway. Good conversation and good eats. Off the top of my head, here's my guest list: For a hearty Second Breakfast: The Hobbit's … Continue reading Day 8: Favorite Fictional People
So you want to know about my writing process? Today's prompt says that you do. So here goes. I am a rewriter. This sorry truth means that I must rework everything I write. Everything! Emails, Facebook posts, chapters in my novel, and most certainly this blog article. Because I do this, it takes a long … Continue reading Day 6: My writing process
For the author--indeed, for anyone! --reading causes growth. What pleasure to experience another's storytelling voice and pacing and word patter. Between the lines, there are deeper currents going on. It's as if I am able to hear that author's heartbeat. A bridge of trust is built between us, and sometimes even friendship. And when I … Continue reading Day 5: We gots to read lots!
Gaining a ready-made audience is one of the wonders of an on-line fan fiction forum. There is nothing quite like pushing that "Post" button and having a chapter go "live" for all the world to see. How grateful I am for readers who took the time to give feedback and encouragement, especially in those early … Continue reading Day 4: Role models and mentors