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...