It’s All About Me in 2014

Yep, it’s all about me! Me, me, me… A lot has happened over the last 5 years: Writing 5 novels and 75 short stories Winning a novel contest in 2009 Being published by a small press that went out of business Running a number of social networks and groups for writers and horror lovers Starting up a publishing cooperative In the process I learned a number of lessons and have become a much better writer … Read more

Goals . . . Again?!?!

Really. It’s time to set yearly goals . . . again? What happened to 2013? It went by in a flash! Back in April I addressed getting back on track with my 2013 goals, but it never happened. I remember writing that I was happy with what I’d achieved early on in the year, but the problem was I had only achieved things that weren’t on my list of goals. Well that’s gotta change in … Read more

3-Day Novel Contest: The Right Idea

Obviously, the first step in writing a novel is to come up with an idea and figure out a plot. In early July, it took me about a week to decided on the genre and that I’d go with Young Adult Science Fiction. This part took so long thanks to the angel and devil on my shoulders, one saying challenge yourself and one saying go with something easy. I went with the angel, who assured … Read more

3-Day Novel Contest: Preparation Time

I signed up for the 3-Day Novel Contest early July, and decided I’d blog about the preparation and writing process. Now, here it is a month later, and it’s about time I get started. The first time I accomplished the 3-Day Novel Contest, my preparation time consisted of outlining the second book in The Courier series. It was an easy task considering I’d already had the entire story in my head for quite some time. … Read more

More Reading Time Please

I try to read at least 60 books a year and that hasn’t happened for a few years now. Another goal that has fallen short. This year I’ve only read 5 books and I usually read that many a month. It’s not that I’m not reading. I’ve spent most of time reading unpublished works, and no offense, I need some quality time with quality books. This year I’d really like to catch up on some … Read more

Million Word Challenge

When I went out to find a graphic for this post I looked up the title and found that there actually are million word challenges for reading. Looks to be primarily in California, but we have one in Denver Public Schools too. Wouldn’t it be great if this went national? Or if authors and publishers got involved and donated 1,000,000 words annually to each public school library. Let’s just say that’s an average of 20 … Read more

When Goals Attack

This year I set goals like I do every year, only this year they were pretty pathetic. Let’s just say I’ve been in a foul mood most of 2013, unhappy and confused about much of the direction my life and career have taken over the past few years. We all go through rough patches and I’m more than ready for this spate of misfortunes to end. The last few weeks have been particularly difficult. I’m … Read more

NaNoEdMo Starts Tuesday

It dawned on me an hour ago that it’s the end of February, and there are only a few days until NaNoEdMo begins. So I decided to drop by the NaNoEdMo website and check on a 2011 badge and add posts in a few discussions. Unfortunately, no badges and it looks like their forum has been invaded by those damn spammers. Also, and there are forum bugs because the site wouldn’t allow me to post … Read more

Time to Set Goals for 2011

TweetBecause the holiday season is upon us, and time is limited, I’ve decided to start setting the goals for 2011.  And since this years goals were mostly a pain in my ass and completed at the end of this year or not at all, I’m adding them to the right column so they’re in my face almost every day. There are seven weeks left of the year and I plan on unveiling the goals every … Read more

Nearly 10 More Weeks Until 2011…Oh My!

I’m taking a short break from editing to say hello and catch my breath after realizing the end of 2010 is just around the corner. And we haven’t had any snow here at the house yet. Did notice lots of new snow on Longs Peak while walking the beagles this weekend though. That’s always a welcome sight. In my last post I complained about how time consuming maintaining The Courier Novel’s blog has become, and … Read more

The Goals Thicken

Sorry everyone, but no more whining and complaining on Mondays, which means the Weekly Whine has officially retired. I have to thank Mary Martinez on Mysteries and Margaritas in her post Mary’s Rants – Take the whine out of writing. Basically, complaining gets us nowhere, so I’m shifting my Monday focus to the positive. What better place to begin that looking to the future. Now that half the year is essentially over, I’ve decided to … Read more