I posted my inaugural newsletter earlier. I was surprised how many people asked me if they'd missed the button to click to subscribe. So I did some digging. I don't want to upgrade the site just yet for the plug in to put that widget on, but learned I can use the About Me page's … Continue reading Learning Curve
First, a big thanks to all my supportive friends! Here’s my first ever author newsletter. Couldn’t have done it without you! Don't forget to add firstname.lastname@example.org to your safe list so you don't miss a single issue! Summer's just about over already, and what a busy season it was. Virtually, over the last several months, … Continue reading Newsletter Launch!
2020 has been a really mixed bag for everyone. The one thing I've noticed it that it's given me new awareness of how important creativity is. Imagination and stories are helping us to explore options, see what the future could be (good and bad), and helping us to grapple with the big questions. I've been … Continue reading Visions
It's dawned on me as I work on various projects of my own (short stories, novel in progress), that writing is a journey. I was speaking with two writer friends about this the other day. First you write to entertain yourself. There's all these ideas, and you have to get them out on paper. And … Continue reading Writing as a Journey
Recently, a number of events have convinced me that speculative fiction writers must embrace change, no matter how painful. Change is inevitable, and it's foolish to act as if everything is set in stone. Indeed, if we are to be true to ourselves as speculative fiction (SF/fantasy) writers, we NEED to ask the perennial question … Continue reading The Future IS Change…Or, Not More Of The Same
This time of the year is always hectic. The new semester has started, so I'm simultaneously teaching and taking classes. My new plan is to go back for a Ph.D. or E.D. in Instructional Design, so my current focus is bulking up my tech skills. I'm already good with technology and software, but know things … Continue reading Time Management
For most people, New Year's doesn't start until January. As an educator, September feels like a new year. Somehow, though, I've got a third beginning: July. Let me explain. July 2013, faced with great difficulties, after a very long hiatus, I returned to writing. July 2015, my hard work paid off and I traveled to … Continue reading Happy New…July?
I attended my first BookCon this year. It gave me food for thought, in ways I’d not anticipated. It also dovetailed with some things I’d been mulling over for the last few months about writers and readers and how they connect. I had a good time, too, and even managed to gain my “sea legs” … Continue reading Readers and Writers
Things continue to progress on a number of fronts. I find myself more interested in undertaking business projects and nonfiction ones. I enjoy fiction very much, but as it's said, one cannot live by bread alone. I think having a variety of material and styles help keep one flexible and more in tune with the … Continue reading And yet more changes….
Welcome to the new site! My trade name, Writing Mercenary, is now registered, the tax forms are submitted, and the goal is to open for business February 1! My services will include editing for individuals and companies. That will include fiction and non-fiction. I'm gathering testimonials now, so if you'd like to be part of … Continue reading More Changes