Tracking manuscripts just got easier: Manuscript Tracker by Mike Blaguszewski

I haven't had much time to myself, let alone time to think about sending out stories for publication, so this weekend I've been rounding up my markets and guidelines and blitzing all the places within a 1,000-mile radius from my house that accept short fiction. Maybe further. So far I've sent out at least six different pieces to seven different markets (whose identities shall remain a Continue Reading...

Boosting your creativity with free apps: OmmWriter

Back in the glorious days of an Austin winter (glorious mainly because of the dead landscape, whose lack of pollen didn't inherently tip off my allergies and require heavy OTC medication), I mentioned a free app that had inspired a few of my winter haiku. The freebie in question? OmmWriter, a Zen-like writing application that will help get a writer's creative juices flowing and the words flying Continue Reading...

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...