What is it? Need a book cover? None of the pre-made covers you’ve scrolled through are fitting the vision for your story? Don’t want to break the bank commissioning an illustrator? 99 Designs is a great alternative. And I wanted to try it for myself. First off, what is it? 99 Designs is a website… Continue reading 99 Designs for Book Covers
(Image originally posted on http://www.wonderopolis.org)I’ve had the same reoccurring dream off and on for the past 9 years, no joke. I had it again last night. I’m walking through a hallway in my old high school (I graduated high school about 8 years ago), and I can’t remember what my schedule is. The late bell… Continue reading “Mr. Sandman, bring me a dream…”
May 2016 was a big deal for me in terms of my author career. It marked the very first time I would sit in front of a room of people and pretend I knew stuff. It also marked the very first time I would ever read my own original work to strangers.A week before all… Continue reading What’s Behind the Curtain: My 1st time as a panelist at a SFF convention
An honest and frank look at Conquest 47. I’d heard stories. Been urged to attend. I was told this is a real, true writing convention. It was geared towards science-fiction and fantasy authors and artists, but there were plenty of opportunities to learn. This past weekend I attended Conquest 47. A few fellow Wordwraiths sat… Continue reading I Attended Conquest 47: Prime
I enjoy a good cup of coffee. Oftentimes, coffee plays the role of fuel for many. It helps you get through the day. It keeps you warm when it’s chilly or rainy. It helps you poop. But to me, coffee is more than just a cozy drink that warms my insides and pumps caffeine into… Continue reading THE STORY OF COFFEE
Two weekends ago we Wordwraiths held our first (but most definitely not last) write-in at the National Museum of Toys and Miniatures.What is a write-in? Well, it’s where writers gather together in a designated place to write in each other’s company. We can brainstorm together, vent about feral plot lines together, or simply write quietly… Continue reading Finding Inspiration from Tiny Sources
The day I both looked forward to and feared is upon me. The day I finally kick my first baby bird out of his nest and make him fly out into the big bad world all on his own. Tuesday. Tuesday the 19th. Tuesday the 19th, 2016. A day that will hopefully not live in… Continue reading The Tesla Project: 1975 – Coming April 19th
When I was in middle school, the cool thing to do was send handwritten letters to your crush. You had to plan just the right moment to sneak past their locker and drop it in one of the vents. Then you had to sit in agony during your next class period while you waited to… Continue reading The Heart of Handwriting
The past few months I have been taking a class called “Tools of Engagement: Revitalizing Reluctant Readers and Writers”. Most of the course involves teachers discussing strategies to motivate students who are not interested in reading or writing. In a recent online assignment, I said the following:What do we mean when we say writing? Is… Continue reading Why Do You Write?
Bear with me here, this might get lengthy. I’ll try my best not to keep you here all day. But this is a subject near and dear to my own heart, and one that has greatly changed my writing (for the better, it seems).You may have heard of the Ted Talk “Start with Why” by… Continue reading What is Your Why?