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All the Super-Important Stuff on This Writer’s Desk

All the Super-Important Stuff on This Writer's Desk

Everybody knows it: a writer’s stuff is really important–especially all the stuff on a writer’s desk. A few weeks ago, after I posted a pic of my work-laden desk in my Helping Writers Become Authors e-letter, my critique partner Linda Yezak suggested I do a post about all my super-important desk junk. She sent me a link […]

7 Things I’m Listening To, Eating, and Wanting This Week

7 Things I'm Listening to, Eating, and Wanting This Week

What’s got my attention this week? Book: The Ghosts of War by Lyn Alexander Two of my favorite reads from last year were the first two books in the Schellendorf series about a British expatriat who ends up as a conflicted career soldier in the German Army, during both the World Wars. The premise grabbed me immediately, and […]

Psst, There Just Might Be a Dreamlander Sequel in the Works!

Psst, There Just Might Be a Dreamlander Sequel in the Works!

All right, so I kinda spilled the beans on this one already. If you listen to my podcast on writing or follow me on Facebook or Twitter or read my writing how-to website Helping Writers Become Authors, then you probably already know my big news: there’s a Dreamlander sequel in the works! I say this like […]

6 Things I’m Reading, Watching, Doing This Week

6 Things I'm Reading, Watching, Doing This Week

What has my attention this week? Book: The End of Our Exploring by Matthew Lee Johnson I stumbled upon this book thanks to its first chapter being included in a free Kindle copy of G.K. Chesteron’s phenomenal philosophical gem Orthodoxy. It immediately captured my attention by addressing some of my favorite subjects: that of personal exploration, the […]

A Day in the Life of a Full-Time Author

A Day in the Life of a Full-Time Author

What does a day in life of a full-time author look like? While I can’t speak for the likes of Stephen King or J.K. Rowling (or, actually, anybody else), I can share with you what a day in the life of this author looks like right now. First off, you should brace yourself for much glamor, many autograph requests, […]

6 Things That Have My Attention This Week

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What’s got my attention this week? Book: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer I’m always drawn to reboots of fairy tales, but they’re so seldom done with any verve that it’s always exciting to find the exception. I enjoyed the first installment in Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles, but the second–her sci-fi YA take on Little Red Riding Hood–is even […]

How I Started Writing: The K.M. Weiland Novels No One Will EVER See

How I Started Writing: The K.M. Weiland Novels No One Will EVER See

How I started writing? That’s a question I get asked a lot, and it’s a question that came up more than once in last week’s giveaway post when I asked you what you’d like to know about me and my writing life (and, by the way, a super-huge thank you for such an awesome launch to this […]

6 Things I’m Reading, Watching, Doing This Week

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What’s got my attention this week? Book: Washington Square by Henry James I’m to the Js in my pursuit of the classic authors, and this early novel by James is surprising me with its darkly comic look at a hapless debutante. It’s a great example of what William C. Martell talks of in his book Your Idea Machine as the author […]

Win a Reader Care Package!

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Hey! Remember me? I think maybe we should reintroduce ourselves. I already know who you are. You’re the totally awesome person who subscribed to my mailing list to receive updates and other goodies about my historical and speculative novels–including Behold the Dawn and Dreamlander. (You might have jumped on board in order to snag a […]

Now! Learn How to Conquer Your Writer’s Block and Summon Inspiration (In E-Book Form)

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The one essential of the writing life is inspiration. You’ve got to keep those ideas flowing–or you’re out of luck. We’ve all battled writer’s block from time to time, and, brother, it ain’t very much fun. So what if I told you I knew a way to beat writer’s block 99.9% of the time? It’s […]