Holy cats, it's been a while, hasn't it? It's amazing how fast time gets away from one. I don't need to give anyone an explanation for the past ~16 months or so, but it's been nearly five years since I last posted here. It wasn't until some 9 months after my previous post that I … Continue reading Long Time No See
It's been nearly a year since I last published a post here. I have a slew of drafts in various states of completion, but none of them ever felt compelling enough to finish and share. Lately, though, I've been pondering the meaning of identifying as "a writer," and feeling mostly downtrodden. I will always write, in … Continue reading Am I a Writer?
One of the more common pieces of writing advice one sees is "finish what you start." The idea, as I understand it, is that if a writer never learns to follow through on a project, they will never make it "in the business" (after all, how can one get anything published if there's nothing complete to … Continue reading Finish What You Start—Or Not
Over the last year and a half or so, my life turned into the real estate equivalent of a soap opera. In March 2014, we put our house on the market, and "sold" it (had a purchase agreement in place) by early June. Closing was set for 01 August. A week before closing, our buyers … Continue reading Real Estate Ate My Brain
A writer new to the industry hears a lot of rules and guidelines, do's and don't's about how to craft a novel. None of these are hard and fast, though one is encouraged to understand why the same "rules" crop up again and again before going off willy-nilly to break them. There needs to be a compelling reason … Continue reading The Dreaded Prologue