• Real Life,  Updates,  Writing

    Fall Writing Update: Lost in Pinterest Playland

    I recently signed up for Pinterest. I know, I’m behind the curve. I resisted because I knew it would be a huge time-suck.  I was right. But it’s funny how writing (especially under a deadline) can bring out the procrastinator in even the most organized go-getter. What I’ve found, though, is that it has taken my inspiration level to new heights. I’m a very visual person, and I don’t have time to draw all the pictures in my head, but with Pinterest, I don’t have to.  I can storyboard my little heart out, and anytime I’m trying to get into a particular writing “mood” – all I have to do…

  • Rain of Ash,  Real Life,  Updates,  Writing

    Spring Writing Update

    *crawls out from under rock* Hello, World! I can’t believe the month of May slipped by so quickly. I wish I had pictures of all the fancy dinners I’ve been out to, and all the GORGEOUS Washington hikes I’ve been on, and all the workouts I’ve been doing, and all the healthy food I’ve been cooking and craft projects I’ve completed.  But, noooooo…. I’ve been stuck inside the last month and a half, glued to my laptop.  If you could see inside my brain right now, it would look something like this:

  • Writing,  Writing Wednesday

    Finding a Groove & The Compound Effect

    March is just stomping right along for me.  I’m on day 17 of my 21 day Fitness Challenge, and 10 working days away from a week in PARADISE.  I can barely contain my excitement!  As part of the challenge, we’ve been reading a self-improvement book as well.  The Compound Effect, by Darren Hardy.  It applies to the fitness challenge, but it’s been resonating with me more on a writing and publishing level.  I don’t know why it never occurred to me before, but self-publishing is a form of entrepreneurship.  Seriously – I know I’m trying to build a business and that I want to work for myself, I just always…

  • Marketing,  Writing

    Book Reviewers: The New Gatekeepers?

    Writing Wednesday is a day late this week – it’s been a crazy one.  This is an update on another chapter of the self-pub journey.  I feel like I’m peeling away layers of an onion, and the writer in me wants to catalog the journey. As an indie author, you’re not just the creator, you’re also potentially the editor, proofreader, formatter, packager, marketer, and salesperson.  On top of that, you’re the CEO, accountant, and creative team.  Whether you have experience in any of these realms, once you publish a book, the next question you’re going to ask yourself is, “Now, how do I get people (aside from friends and family who feel…

  • Writing,  Writing Wednesday

    Adventures in Self-Pubbing: Opening Up Shop

    Happy Writing Wednesday! Many years ago, when I first started blogging, I did all sorts of posts on actual writing technique aimed at newbie writers.  This time around, I will leave that to the experts, though I will probably do a round-up of my favorite craft books at some point and maybe occasionally offer public floggingscritiques, if there’s interest.  The writing posts for this blog will be more about my steps/journey into the indie publishing world and my take on the writing “lifestyle.” So…I published my first book.  I equate this to setting up a virtual “shop” on the web.  I have a storefront (my Amazon author page), I have…