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Top 10 Takeaways: Christina Alexandra

Last night I attended the monthly meeting of the San Diego Writers and Editors Guild. The guest speaker was Christina Alexandra, a romance writer and California Dreamin' writers conference organizer from Orange County. She spoke to the group about writing and publishing romance, and gave us lots of information about the industry and its authors. Here are my Top 10 Takeaways from her Continue Reading...

Looking Ahead: Week 3 accountability check-in

It's the end of the third week of 2017, and it's time for another round of writing accountability. Let's begin! Word Counts for 1/14 - 1/20 January 14: 2,148 January 15: 1,055 January 16: 2,047 January 17: 1,420 January 18: 800 January 19: 0 January 20: 380 Weekly Total: 7,850 words Compared to the previous week's total of 6,391, I'm doing better with my word count this Continue Reading...

Confronting Zero: Accountability check-in #2017goals

It's the end of the second week of 2017, and it's time for another round of writing accountability. Let's begin! Word Counts for 1/7 - 1/13 January 7: 1,367 January 8: 810 January 9: 1,325 January 10: 1,279 January 11: 790 January 12: 820 January 13: 0 Weekly Total: 6,391 words Compared to last week's 8,894 words, this week hasn't been nearly as productive. And I had my Continue Reading...

First Lines Friday: Born A Crime #fridayreads

The book I've been reading to start the New Year opens in this way: "The genius of apartheid was convincing people who were the overwhelming majority to turn on each other. Apart hate, is what it was. You separate people into groups and make them hate one another so you can run them all." Today's first line comes from comedian and The Daily Show host Trevor Noah, whose autobiography, Born A Continue Reading...

Notes from 20 years of life online #52essays2017

"Anybody who has survived his childhood has enough information about life to last him the rest of his days." -Flannery O'Connor
It's 2017, 20 years since I graduated from high school this June. A lifetime achievement, perhaps, or just another one of time's mile markers, depending on your outlook. So I guess this is an appropriate time to look back on my youth, since I was just added to a Facebook group of the folks I graduated with, back in 1997. The ones that are still with us, anyway. I know at least two of my Continue Reading...