Talk Like A Pirate and win some booty! #giveaway

Whether you belong to the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, hate Real Ultimate Power, or just love rum and booty, today is a high holy day: It's International Talk Like A Pirate Day! [caption id="attachment_10632" align="aligncenter" width="550"] "Once word leaks out that a pirate has gone soft, people begin to disobey you, and then it's nothing but work, work, work all the Continue Reading...

Triple word scores: 365K Club, weeks 35-37

It’s been a hectic few weeks! So much so that I missed not only last week's update for the 365K Club word count check-in, but the week's before that as well. So this week is a triple post, including last week, the week before that, AND this week's numbers. Let's roll! 2 WEEKS AGO: August 27, Day 240: 1,516 words August 28, Day 241: 1,901 words August 29, Day 242: 1,773 Continue Reading...

What the F? Top 3 Reasons to Let the F-Bombs Fly

Are you cussin' with me? If not, you should be! Tonight, local indie bookstore Warwick's is hosting Benjamin Bergen, who will be reading from his book What the F: What Swearing Reveals About Our Language, Our Brains, and Ourselves. In honor of this momentous occasion (and a book I immediately added to my To Read pile upon discovering its existence), I've decided to share with you the top Continue Reading...

Where were you on 9/11?

It's been 15 years since 9/11 happened. I lived in New York at the time, so I still remember exactly where I was when the towers fell. I had just graduated from college that May, and was still living in the neighborhood surrounding my alma mater, Fordham University, in The Bronx. My living situation was a bit precarious. I had told my parents, back in Ohio, that I wanted to stay on in New Continue Reading...

How to NOT write a novel in 3 days: #3DNC 2016 wrap-up

So, let's start with the bad news first: I failed to finish my 3 Day Novel, Manbots Attack!, this year. Indeed, I only came up with 5,926 total words over three days. 6,789 counting my outline. Pathetic! On day one, I wrote only 2,687 words. One day two, I wrote 1,599 more words. And on day three I wrote 1,640 words. But I know what I did wrong. And I think I know how to fix it. Continue Reading...

First Lines Friday: Matilda #fridayreads

One of my favorite opening lines from a children's book – particularly as an adult – is this week's gem: "It's a funny thing about mothers and fathers. Even when their own child is the most disgusting little blister you could ever imagine, they still think that he or she is wonderful." In case you couldn't guess, this one is from British author Roald Dahl, whom you probably know as the Continue Reading...

August round-up: 365K Club, week 34

Since I actually missed my regular update day last week, I've decided to include my numbers for week 34 along with my August round-up for an extra-large installment of the 365K Club word count check-in! Numbers, please… August 20, Day 233: 900 words August 21, Day 234: 353 words August 22, Day 235: 790 words August 23, Day 236: 925 words August 24, Day 237: 775 words August Continue Reading...

Top 3 Reasons to Participate in the 3 Day Novel Contest

Are you ready for the 3 Day Novel Contest? Wait, you meant you haven't heard of this annual write-a-thon, happening every Labo(u)r Day weekend since 1977?! Where have you been hiding, honey? It's only the world's most notorious writing contest! I've only written an entire book about it... [caption id="attachment_10802" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Pssst! Click to buy for just 99¢ Continue Reading...

Top 10 Takeaways: Antoinette Kuritz, Founder of the La Jolla Writer’s Conference

Last night I attended the monthly meeting of the San Diego Writers and Editors Guild. The guest speaker was Antoinette Kuritz, founder of the La Jolla Writer's Conference. She spoke about a wide variety of subjects related to writing, publishing and marketing, packing in a ton of information in just an hour. Here are my Top 10 Takeaways: Use both CreateSpace and Ingram Spark when publishing Continue Reading...

Letter Writer Extraordinaire: 365K Club, week 33

It’s that time of the week again: time for another 365K Club word count check-in! Numbers, please… August 13, Day 226: 276 words August 14, Day 227: 860 words August 15, Day 228: 860 words August 16, Day 229: 805 words August 17, Day 230: 790 words August 18, Day 231: 820 words August 19, Day 232: 900 words That’s a grand total of 5,311 words for the week, 17,081 for Continue Reading...