A Great PNWA Conference Was Had

I know it’s cliche, but what a difference a year makes! When I attended the annual PNWA (Pacific Northwest Writer’s Association) writer’s conference last summer, I did so not knowing anyone, unaware of the literary contest, and eons away from telling an agent about my book. This go-around, I could hardly walk into a room Read More …

Friday Links #30: Purell is a Fetish

Rather than give an update about my novel or recent life events, I want to tell you about the book Siracusa by Delia Ephron. I spend Wednesdays in the library, hunched over a desk, noise-canceling headphones on, polishing a scene I intend to share with my critique group later that night. Sometimes, if I’m running early, I’ll browse Read More …

Friday Links #29: Tai-Pan and the Perfect Reading Weather

I don’t normally complain about the Seattle area weather, unless it’s to exaggerate the gloominess of it in a public setting to further dissuade the masses from moving to the region. Yes, yes, it does rain every day. All year round–and traffic is so bad, our cars grow moss during the morning commute. Honestly. Stuff Read More …

Kindle Scout and the Company You Keep

Amazon turned a lot of heads back in 2014 when it unveiled the Kindle Scout program, effectively giving writers a third choice in the decision to either query or self-publish. I had forgotten all about it, but the recent decision by Valve Software to do away with its user-curated Steam Greenlight program made me wonder how Read More …

Friday Links #28: Beyond Memoir

I gave a talk to the South Jersey Writer’s Group last Thursday night about my transition from wannabe travel writer to novelist. The presentation, Beyond Memoir: Let Travel Inspire Your Fiction, was a natural topic for me to wax knowledgeable on, and I was happy to see people taking notes and asking plenty of questions — Read More …

Friday Links #27: Half-Price Books

I had a problem. My car sat idling outside the waiting room as my keys were dangled in front of me on the outstretched arm of the smiling clerk at Discount Tire. The new rubber was installed and I was supposed to leave, but I hadn’t finished the book I was reading. I wasn’t close, I Read More …