May You Live In Interesting Times

So, I had a craft post outlined, my take on creating your own motivation and smashing through writer’s block. But then the world intruded. Possibly a new world, and for many, not a better version. In conversations with writer and other artist friends in the last month, I’m getting an ugly vibe. People aren’t creating. …

Scripting Your Story

At the end of December, I submitted a story to the open call for Zombies Need Brains’ new anthology, The Death of all Things. It is the best thing that I’ve written so far, so I’m hopeful that it will see print. Of course, the numbers are against me, but lets not focus on that. …

Stop. Take a Breath. Start again.

Happy New Year Y’All!!! If you’re anything like me, around the turn of the year you’ll start to get introspective. Really introspective. Maybe not so introspective that your brain starts looking over its shoulder because it feels like it’s being watched.           (This may, or may not, actually, be my brain…) …

I love deadlines…

I had this hand-written on a post-it note on my desk for an embarrassingly long time before I realized it was that Douglas Adams. So long and thanks for all the fish Douglas Adams. The secret is to bang the rocks together guys Douglas Adams. The impenetrable SEP field (“Someone Else’s Problem”) Douglas Adams. The …

Resolutions

Gentle reader, as Janet Walden-West mentioned a few weeks ago on her blogpost, this time of year is flush with advice on how to manage time and set goals over the holidays. I suck at both of these things. I start shaking if I have an item in my calendar that does not have a …

Recomposing

I’m sure Lillian will also have something to say about welcoming 2017 in the next post, but I cannot wait for this year to end. Technically I was scheduled for Sunday. But since the 25th was the Late December Day of Family and Feasting, that didn’t quite go as planned. And the 26th was the traditional Canadian Day of …

The Crucible

I didn’t want to write this post. I really didn’t. But the Million Words is about learning to write well and our collective journey as authors through the wilds of the publishing industry, and I just experienced a major milestone that most, if not all, of my fellow Million Word contributors have already encountered. A …

Focus–Or wax on, wax off

So, the holidays bring a slew of time management how-to posts for writers, usually some variation of staying productive in the face of the emotional roller coaster of stress-shopping, uncomfortable parties, and that one family member that never got the memo about not discussing politics at the dinner table. But few posts bother talking about …