First Chapter Updates

While I've been posting my first-ish draft here, I thought I'd post the changes in a separate post. The first epilogue chapter got cut, but I'm still holding on to the idea of adding one, only from the POV more directly involved with real-time events that shed a vague light on how Desiree was augmented.... Continue Reading →

My Book Reviews

Book Reviews: How I Do It A couple of years back, I'd started reviewing books I read, but found it stressful. Most of the reading I do is from self-published, freshman, indie authors who rely on reviews to help get their book read by a wider audience. Was my opinion worthy as to influence the career of... Continue Reading →

We Should Be Ashamed

Chalene Johnson says, "If your friends don't work out, get new friends!" Basically, surround yourself with people who fit who you want to be; people who will help you along your path, not create roadblocks and detours. Brilliant advice I've never met anyone disagree with, but, as with so much great advice, easier said than... Continue Reading →

Compared to You…

There's a constant debate in my house about my workload. I use the word to refer to everything I try to accomplish in a day. The details are irrelevant as the point is this: I don't care what everyone else does. I don't care how other people look. I don't care. That's not why I... Continue Reading →

Practice, and Giving Up

Writing is a craft, a skill, as well as an artistic calling. Our muses get us to the page, but only persevering through the craft of it will some finished thing appear. The latter is where practice has been forgotten.

When Criticism becomes Cynicism

From Maria Popova's commencement speech for the 2016 graduating class at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication ...But here’s the thing about self-comparison: In addition to making you vacate your own experience, your own soul, your own life, in its extreme it breeds resignation. If we constantly feel that there is something more to... Continue Reading →

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