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...

Let’s get accountable! #2017goals

It's the end of the first week of 2017, and I think that a good way to stick with my writing goals for the year is by posting a short accountability post every Saturday morning. In these posts, I'll be reviewing my word counts for the week, my goals set and met or missed, and posting new goals for the week to come. This is one of the exercises I'm trying to get my local Writing Accountability Continue Reading...

Return of the Accountability Group! #2017goals

It's the first Friday of 2017, which means it's time for my Writing Accountability Group to meet again. And if you live in the San Diego area, you may be interested in joining us. Here's the dealio: Need some accountability for your writing goals in 2017? Join the San Diego Writing Accountability Group for bi-weekly meetings and give your year some structure! We meet every other Friday at Continue Reading...

Create challenges, not resolutions #52essays2017

There's something so exciting and inspiring about a new year. Even though, technically, time is just an illusion that we've all agreed to participate in, these arbitrary designations do hold meaning. And after a crazy year like 2016, where it seemed one of my childhood (or young adult) idols died every other week, it's nice to finally have that fresh start. I mean, seriously, can everybody Continue Reading...

Out with the old: Reflections on 2016

As 2016 draws to a close, and thoughts of New Year's Resolutions begin to fill my head, I thought I'd take a look back on some of my accomplishments from the past year. Here are some fun stats from 2016... Personal Bests by Word Count in 2016 (By Month) [author_list style="star"] January 19 - 1,236 words, with 14,665 words total for the month February 13 - 1,414; 17,546/month Continue Reading...

How is it December already?! (365K Club, week 48)

It’s that time of the week (or should I say month, at this point – how is it already December?!) again: time for another 365K Club word count check-in! Numbers, please… November 19, Day 324: 1,722 words November 20, Day 325: 900 words November 21, Day 326: 970 words November 22, Day 327: 420 words November 23, Day 328: 420 words November 24, Day 329: 785 words November Continue Reading...

Halfway through #NaNoWriMo: 365K Club, week 46

I haven't done a 365K Club update in a while, and it’s that time of the week again, so let's do this for the month of November thus far! Numbers, please… November 1, Day 306: 1,777 words November 2, Day 307: 765 words November 3, Day 308: 2,435 words November 4, Day 309: 888 words TOTAL, WEEK 44: 8,390 words November 5, Day 310: 1,176 words November 6, Day 311: 810 Continue Reading...

Top 10 Takeaways: Jonathan LaPoma on Screenwriting

Last night I attended the monthly meeting of the San Diego Writers and Editors Guild. The guest speaker was Jonathan LaPoma, author of Developing Minds: An American Ghost Story, and winner of 101 screenwriting awards. He spoke about his screenwriting process, as well as giving the audience tips for punching up the drama in a script, and creating great dialogue. Here are my Top 10 Takeaways from Continue Reading...