For months I thought the only novel of mine I was going to self-publish this summer was Magic Hour, now available in ebook and paperback format on Amazon. That was always the plan, and then I thought maybe in 2022 I could publisher another of my older manuscripts I’m ready to put out into the world.
But then around mid-June I discovered something on Amazon that was coming in July, currently just in Beta mode. It’s called Kindle Vella, a new publication on Amazon for serialized stories, similar to Wattpad.
I actually used Wattpad way back in the day to…
In her book Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within, Natalie Goldberg says,
First thoughts have tremendous energy. It is the way the mind first flashes on something. The internal censor usually squelches them, so we live in the realm of second and third thoughts, thoughts on thought, twice and three times removed from the direct connection of the first fresh flash.
Staring at that intimidating blank page leaves lots of writers wanting to do literally anything else — including this guy right here.
There are a thousand ways to screw up the first draft of something, which has…
You can’t just write one kind of thing for one kind of publication. You can’t work on one particular manuscript year after year with no interest in starting something new. You can’t put all of your eggs in one basket, as they say.
It’s 2021, and there are so many ways to get your writing out there. Medium here is one way to write lots of inspiring posts that get people interested in your writing. You can blog on your own website. You can upload YouTube videos, or start a podcast, or create an audiobook.
There are so many ways…
It was memorable because it was my first year ever as a full-time public school teacher. Before August 2020, my only experience in public schools was as a substitute teacher, so be the teacher of record for more than 100 middle school students day in and day out for ten months was something brand new for me!
It was also memorable because, honestly, I really enjoyed this past year learning so much about teaching and getting to know my funny, talented students. I’m going to miss them. …
I’m so excited to unveil my first self-published novel in eight years — MAGIC HOUR, which tells of a wedding videographer who suddenly discovers he can make anyone he want disappear by snapping his fingers… which results in pandemonium when he accidentally makes the bride and groom vanish in front of 200 wedding guests.
It’s an entertaining read priced at $2.99, just in time for Pride Month. I’d love your support!
Thanks, and enjoy!
When you work on a new writing project, it can be fun to get entirely swept up in it and never want to reach the end. Writing a first draft of a long project is challenging and exhausting, but it’s also pure bliss, especially on those amazing days where the writing comes together and you’re firing on all cylinders.
I’ve written twenty-one novels in the last eleven years, and every single one had its moments where I didn’t want to be doing anything else. You’re creating characters from scratch and spending time in a world entirely of your own making.
Especially when you’re a solo podcast like me who relies on guests to help make your show what it is.
Many podcasters out there work in teams of two or three, maybe more. When last August I started my podcast Film at Fifty, which celebrates the fiftieth anniversaries of major movies, I had no partner to do the show with. At first I thought maybe I could do it by myself, and then I recorded the first two episodes solo and hated every last miserable minute of it.
For the third episode I had a friend join me to talk…
Trust me, I know. Since 2010 I’ve written twenty-one novels (three middle grade, four adult, fifteen young adult), and I’ve had my fair share of heartache as a novel writer that I wouldn’t be able to fit inside of one Medium story, that’s for sure.
Writing the first draft can break your heart because oftentimes you realize during the drafting process that the book you held for so long in your head just isn’t quite coming to life on the page, and you’re not sure if you’ll be able to fix it.
You can revise your novel two, three, four…
How are you? It’s been awhile. More than eight months! Wow, for the first time in about ten months, I’ve been able to sit still for a couple days, reflect, take a breath.
Oh, the life of a public school teacher. Yes, for the first time in my life I am a full-time teacher, and last fall something needed to go. When I was hired in mid-August, I was bound and determined to keep everything in my life going. I was going to keep writing and revising my fiction, and writing for Medium.
Oh, and I might have started my…
Harper Lee (1926–2016) is the celebrated author of the award-winning classic, To Kill a Mockingbird. Here are five wonderful quotes she shared with us about the writing life.
1. So many writers don’t like to write… I like to write, and sometimes I’m afraid I like it too much, because when I get into work, I don’t want to leave it. And as a result, I’ll go for days and days and days without leaving my house.
Let’s be real for a second: a lot of us love the idea of writing. We love to think about writing and talk…