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6 Things I’m Reading, Eating, Using This Week

What has my attention this week? (Note: All Amazon links are affiliate links.)  Reading: Go Direct! by Jim Kukral I’m kind of hard up for good books this week, mostly because I’m right at the beginning of several (including Kafka’s posthumous novel Trial), but this is the best of them so far. I grabbed Kukral’s […]

Where Do Story Ideas Come From? Circus Clowns–and Other Crazy Places

Where do story ideas come from? It’s one of those questions that pop up often, and it’s one of those questions that makes my eyes glaze over almost as much as an algebraic equation. Uhhh, they come from … poof! … from the air!  Seriously, whenever I’m trying to figure out the answer to this question, […]

[Poll] Help Me Choose the Best Story Description for Storming!

If you’re like me (and a bazillion other readers), one of the big deciding factors for you in whether or not you pick up a book is the quality of its story description–its back cover copy–its blurb. But let me tell you–these puppies are tough to write. And that’s where you come in! As I’m sailing towards […]

6 Things That Have My Attention This Week

What has my attention this week? (Note: All Amazon links are affiliate links.) Book: Your Idea Machine by William C. Martell I stumbled onto Martell’s Screenwriting Blue Book Series when researching for a new series on dialogue I plan to start over on Helping Writers Become Authors next year. Based on the covers, the series […]

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 […]

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 That Have My Attention This Week

What’s got my attention this week? (Note: All Amazon links are affiliate links.) 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 […]

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

What’s got my attention this week? (Note: All Amazon links are affiliate links.) 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 […]

Win a Reader Care Package!

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. I, on the other hand, am the one who has been […]