Blog-Ins, Twitter chats & writing: How to stay focused during the #AtoZChallenge

This April is going to be busy! As a long-time A to Z Challenge participant, I've decided to bring my 6 years of experience to the table this year – quite literally. I'll be hosting Blog-Ins here in San Diego, and Twitter chats online for folks with questions about the challenge and blogging in general. If that weren't enough, I'm also going to be writing my own blog posts throughout the Continue Reading...

Got blogging questions? I’ve got answers – and a Twitter chat! #AtoZChallenge

In case you missed it, on Friday I announced that I'll be scheduling some Twitter chats this month for folks participating in the A to Z Challenge. This is an online addition to the San Diego Blog-Ins I've got scheduled throughout the month of April (click here for dates and times, plus an explanation of what a "Blog-In" is). What's the A to Z Challenge? In case you don't already know what the Continue Reading...

Calling all San Diego bloggers! #AtoZChallenge

In case you missed it, on Wednesday I announced that I'll be scheduling some Blog-Ins this month for folks participating in the A to Z Challenge. The schedule (for now) is: [author_list style="heart"] Sundays in April: Starbucks, Trolley Square - 3 to 5 PM (except April 2) Mondays: Central Library, 10 AM-Noon Occasional drop-ins at San Diego Writers, Ink's "Room to Write": Tuesdays Continue Reading...

Let’s write together! 2017 #AtoZChallenge Blog-Ins

Howdy! I've recently had a brainstorm about my blogging, as it relates to the A to Z Challenge. This is an annual tradition at my blog. And I will definitely be participating again this year (my sixth!), but with a twist (which I revealed on Monday). That being said, I also really enjoyed hosting a few local blog-ins during last year's challenge, and thought I would try that again this Continue Reading...

“Social malaise” or “shit happens”? #52essays2017

I used to live in Montreal, so I like to keep tabs on the city's big news. Recently, there was quite a hubbub when 300 cars were stranded overnight on a Quebec highway, due to a snowstorm. People kind of lost their minds over this, and now the inevitable "think piece" from Maclean's has arrived. After reading the article, I can't say I agree with this author's conclusions. Maybe it's because Continue Reading...

2017 A to ZChallenge Theme Reveal #AtoZReveal

Today's the day: It's time for the annual A to Z Challenge Theme Reveal! In the past, I have tackled guidebooks to my various hometowns (Chicago, Montreal, San Diego), using the A to Z style to give some unique perspectives on the whole travel guide concept. But this year, I'm doing something a little bit different. So far I've written two books about finding a career for ReferencePoint Continue Reading...

Top 10 Takeaways: Diane Hinds

Last night I attended the monthly meeting of the San Diego Writers and Editors Guild. The guest speaker was Diane Hinds, a PR expert from the UK. She spoke to the group about how to promote your book as an independent author, and gave us lots of great information – including tips for contacting the media. Here are my Top 10 Takeaways from her speech: 10 – Indie Authors Lack Continue Reading...

Love Letters: Accountability Group check-in, week 6

It's the end of the sixth week of 2017, and it's time for another round of writing accountability. Let's begin! Word Counts for 2/4 - 2/10 February 4: 603 February 5: 1,170 February 6: 760 February 7: 765 February 8: 1,180 February 9: 0 February 10: 830 Weekly Total: 5,308 words Another Thursday zero! This one I'm chalking up to being double-booked at my day job, which Continue Reading...

Writer to Watch: John Van Roekel

Normally, when I see those "Writer to Watch" interviews in glossy magazines, I cynically wonder how much money those authors had to shell out to big-deal publicists to get them featured in said magazine. But recently I was flipping through a local publication and spotted a familiar face. It belonged to John Van Roekel, author of a trio of historical fiction books, and he was being featured as a Continue Reading...

The January Journals: Accountability round-up, week 5

It's the end of the fifth week of 2017, January's in the record books, and it's time for another round of writing accountability. Let's begin! Word Counts for 1/28 - 2/3 January 28: 1,708 January 29: 1,356 January 30: 770 January 31: 1,477 February 1: 1,000 February 2: 651 February 3: 770 Weekly Total: 7,732 words No zeros this week, so I am feeling great about that! Continue Reading...