A Contest Announcement

I interrupt my blogging hiatus to bring word that Tailwinds Past Florence has been selected as a finalist in the Pacific Northwest Writers Association’s annual Literary Contest. But wait, there’s more! This is but only a fragment of the exciting (and slightly disappointing) news I want to share with you today. So read on for 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 #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 …

Friday Links #25 – A DRM-Free Snapshot in Time

I spent the bulk of yesterday taking a trip down memory lane. The destination: my long-forgotten iTunes folder, home to hundreds of CDs I ripped and countless songs I downloaded. Steinbeck was wrong: you can go home again. Since shifting my listening habits entirely to Spotify several years ago — and the subsequent death of Read More …

Friday Links #24: The New Year Started Already

Maybe it’s burn out. Maybe it’s just the end-of-year distractions, the weather, or the promise of having a clean slate arriving on the first of January (funny how the fresh start that is every waking morning doesn’t carry the same heft). Whatever the reason, the end-of-year blues are spreading. To me, to others in my critique group, and Read More …