I’ve had the pleasure recently of working with a great group of authors and publishing the fifth anthology in the Bowman’s Inn series. Five times, we have met deadlines, sweated through the editing and rewriting, and done our best to get these great stories noticed by readers. The task was fun, but not easy. Continue reading
Stephen H. Provost, who also writes as Stifyn Emrys, conducted a panel called Using Mythology as a Basis for Fiction. https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_pg_1?fst=p90x%3A1&rh=n%3A283155%2Ck%3Astephen+h.+provost&keywords=stephen+h.+provost&ie=UTF8&qid=1489526299 Continue reading
Do self-publishers even have deadlines?
One would suppose that a self-published author could complete and edit her books at leisure, free from the tyranny and pressure of deadlines. That may be true for the first stumbling attempts, for the complete amateur; but the moment a writer approaches the publication of her books with any seriousness and hopes to make it her day job, deadlines are almost inevitable. Continue reading
Life is an endless stream of blanks to be filled in. What to have for dinner. What to wear. Who to date. When to have kids. What to name the kids. How long to stay married. And where to live.
The honour of bringing the first blog post of 2017 to the Happy Authors’ Guild falls to me, and you know what? I’ve blown it.
I haven’t just forgotten to give HAG a timely hug, or omitted to whisper sweet nothings in HAG’s shell-like ear, or nipped when I should have licked between HAG’s plump and luscious thighs. No, I’ve blown it like a turkey-induced New Year’s fart that’s gonna reverberate from now until June. Continue reading
Welcome to the end of 2016! Welcome to the First Day of Winter! Welcome to Solstice, Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanzaa, and a time to meet with friends and family. Wishing you all your heart needs for the season. Writing time might be hard to come by, but keep your imagination alive and well in any way you can. Continue reading
What is writer’s block?
It’s that inexplicable dead silence in your brain when you fire up the laptop to work on a novel, a chapter, a short story… a blog post. It’s that debilitating feeling of utter emptiness where a story should be. You know its there, just moments ago while driving home you had a great idea but now you’re at your laptop and it’s nothing but crickets. Right? Continue reading
Can beauty be found in chaos?
My knee-jerk reaction is: “Pfft. Absolutely not. Chaos is terrible and serves no purpose, there must be order in all things.”
But then I wrote a book and it changed my mind. Continue reading
Maybe you’ve heard of the wild ride that is National Novel Writing Month—a self-challenge for writers to pen a minimum of 1667 words a day in order to complete a 50k draft in 30 days. Maybe like me, you heard of it on and off and never actually thought about participating for one reason or another.
This year I decided to tackle it.