Blood Ivory (My Research Continues)

I'm resuming my research and "pre-writing" for book #3 of the Zak Bates Eco-adventure series with the working title of Ivory (also considering Blood Ivory). Still trying to come up with a palatable way to share about the terrible crime of ivory poaching that is endangering the elephant populations of the world in a way that will inspire young people without totally grossing them out or giving them nightmares. Your ideas and suggestions are invited. Leave [...]

2016-04-07T15:43:17+00:00 0 Comments

A Blog for Readers & Writers Alike Really? Yes, and here's why. As an indie author, I realize readers are the lifeblood of what I do. Recently, I also discovered how much I enjoy connecting with people who enjoy reading, especially when they enjoy reading my books. And while not all readers are also writers many are, so this blog is for both avid readers and writers (and even readers who aspire to become [...]

2018-03-18T15:58:08+00:00 0 Comments

My Top Tools & Resources for Writers for 2016

2015 was an exciting year for being an indie authorpreneur. I made great strides, had a lot of fun, and had more than my share of successes. But just like it takes a village to raise a child, success as an indie author takes more than one person. It also takes the help of other people and resources like the ones listed below. I'm not going to list the obvious ones like Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or [...]

2016-02-13T11:59:52+00:00 1 Comment

When Characters Take Over a Story (A NaNoWriMo Update)

As hundred of thousands of writers around the globe move into the second half of NaNoWriMo, I want to give my update and observations.  My update: over 35,000 words and counting. My observation #1: My characters have taken over my story and I love it. TJ (also known as Todd) has turned out to be a most interesting character in book two of the FreeForm Series, FreeForm Reborn. Of course, it doesn't hurt that he's part [...]

2015-11-18T08:31:22+00:00 0 Comments

NaNoWriMo – Update #1: 20K+ & Counting

Here's a short and sweet update #1 as I and some 300,000+ writers from around the world enter week 2 of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). I'm pleased to report that I'm ahead of schedule (see graph below) for reaching the 50,000-word count before the end of the month as well as on schedule to reach my personal goal of either 75,000 words of the end of the rough draft of my sequel novel, FreeForm Reborn. [...]

2015-11-09T12:38:57+00:00 1 Comment

Track Your Way to a NaNoWriMo Win

Okay, tonight is Halloween, but for hundreds of thousands of writers across the globe, it's also NaNoWriMo Eve. That's right, tomorrow, November 1 kicks off National Novel Writing Month when those hundreds of thousands of writers will start to write their 50,000+ novel from scratch. I'll be one of them, and my plan is to also chronicle my progress and what I learn along the way here on my blog.  Today's entry is short and sweet. [...]

2015-10-31T09:38:12+00:00 0 Comments

NaNoWriMo Prep: Starting with the Ending

In my last blog post, I ended with: But there’s one question I need to answer before I’m ready to start turning the raw material on my whiteboard into scene files in Scrivener. What's is the question that I've found helps me prepare to write the next great novel? It goes something like this: What's the most engaging, entertaining, exciting, and satisfying ending I can write? And then I refer back to my initial brainstorming mindmap [...]

2015-10-26T07:28:25+00:00 0 Comments

NaNoWriMo Prep: Prewriting with Mind Mapping

Last week I proclaimed October to be NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) Prep Month. And for many writers the first step to preparing for NaNoWriMo is to decide which of their many story ideas they want to concentrate on for an entire month. But that's just the start to preparing to write at least 50,000 words in just 30 days. The second step and one of my favorites is to brainstorm the story. My brainstorming method [...]

2015-10-20T08:50:24+00:00 0 Comments

If November is NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) What is October?

Simple answer: October is NaNoWriMo Prep Month. I've participated in NaNoWriMo at least four or five times over the years, writing such great works of literature :-) as:  Seeds of a New Power, Babble, and Endangered: Book two of the Zak Bates Eco-adventure. The past two years I've been a NaNoWriMo Winner, completing at least 50,000 words of a novel in one month. Image courtesy of National Novel Writing Month. Each year I learn something [...]

2015-10-14T15:39:35+00:00 0 Comments

Fiverr – Gold Mine of Talent for Writers

In the past few months I've tried to balance my writing time with my book promotion time with my family time with my Life On Purpose get the idea. A lot has been happening, not always in perfect balance. However, along the way I've learned a lot and have attracted a lot of valuable resources that I believe other writers can enjoy as well. So, I'm adding to my long to-do list to start sharing more [...]

2015-08-20T14:33:13+00:00 1 Comment