Naked Montréal now available for pre-sale

I haven't posted a blog update in a while, mostly as I've been mulling over the information I learned last weekend in an informal class given by Bobbie Christensen at the University of Texas, entitled "How to Write Your 1st Book (Or 7th)." Basically, Ms. Christensen offered us a 10-step process for writing any type of book in just 6 weeks (or 20 weekends, if you have to work full-time, like most Continue Reading...

Surreal Valentine: Austin, TX

Let me just say, up front, that I have had words with Valentine's Day in the past, and that it is well aware of my feelings on the subject, for all of the obvious—and not-so-obvious—reasons. However, seeing as the day is upon us and all must comment, whether in the Pro or Anti camps, I offer you a simple drawing that I think should sum things up nicely. I call it "Surreal Valentine: Austin, Continue Reading...

Become a successful writer in 3 easy steps!

[caption id="attachment_1718" align="alignright" width="220" caption=""Become A Writer" collage by Laura Roberts"][/caption] Today I've been catching up on my Twitter feeds, and I've found some interesting posts from a variety of writers. There's The Worst Love Poem in Chicago by Mel Schwartz over at the Tribune, Bo's Café Life (a cartoon about writing in cafés by Wayne E. Continue Reading...

Self-publishing is the only way

Despite the terrible things people say about self-publishing, I've come to the conclusion that it's the only way to make any money as a writer. Please note that I hate money as much as the next artiste, and I don't want to have to sell myself short in favor of a paycheck. However, I will admit that I enjoy writing for money, because I feel it's the best way to pay for my not-so-extravagant Continue Reading...

Winter haiku

I haven't written any of my haiku-a-day in a while, and since I've got a few Basho books out of the library right now, I thought I'd give it a go. It's the end of January, and I'm feeling a bit unmoored. I'm used to ice and snow at this time of the year, and while it's certainly cold here in Texas (apparently it's 34 degrees outside right now) and rather a desolate landscape (as evidenced by my Continue Reading...