Thumbs up for Reflections: On the Magic of Writing by Diana Wynne Jones. Nonfiction/writing.
The problem of a collection of essays and speeches by one person on a single topic is immediately obvious: the content becomes repetitive. The story of Diane Wynne Jones’s early childhood is now ingrained in my mind, because I’ve read it five or six times. But it’s unfortunate that that is what I now first think of when I think of Reflections, because the non-repetitive bits are filled with such wisdom and cleverness and humor.… >> Read more
I recently wrote a longish article about the economics of being a writer and why I use Patreon. You can read it here. Warning: contains math. Or, if you want the quick math-less explanation, it’s here.… >> Read more
A quick brag: Christine at Love Serially blog has written a lovely review of Cold Sandwiches and All! Here’s a snippet:
The characters in this novel are well developed and wonderful. Rosemary is ridiculous in the best possible way and Lucien is somehow both insecure and an alpha male, making the pair of them intriguing, loveable and funny as all get out.
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A big announcement – my newest novel, Cold Sandwiches and All, is now available!
To say the least: YAY! I’ve been working on this book for….a long, long time. But now it’s done and I feel that it was worth the effort, because I really think it’s quite fun. Think The West Wing meets classic screwball romantic comedies plus pianos and magic.… >> Read more
I get the best story ideas when I have to solve a problem. In this case, the problem was: I need the motto of the House of Autransi, and right away. And that suggested a story. Because when does a royal house come up with its motto? Well:
When her mother and her uncle had decided to take over the world, they’d changed their family name to Autransi.
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A little update for 2017! I now have a shiny new Patreon page! Patreon is a website that allows you to make a small monthly donation to support an artist or writer like myself. If you enjoy my writing—either my fiction or book reviews—would you please consider supporting me on Patreon? I don’t expect to get rich off writing (though, let’s get real, I wouldn’t say no to it, haha!) but more than anything, I’d love to cover my costs and time.… >> Read more
Thumbs up for 2k to 10k: Writing Faster, Writing Better, and Writing More of What You Love by Rachel Aaron. Writing.
Good advice on writing more words, writing better words, and wasting less time doing it. Bullshit-free. My litmus test for a book on writing is: “Does this make me want to go buy the author’s novels”? And this passes with flying colors.… >> Read more
Thumbs up for 5,000 Words Per Hour: Write Faster, Write Smarter by Chris Fox. Writing.
A short but useful little book about how to effectively use timed writing sprints to increase productivity.
Then I read a book by Brian Tracy called Eat That Frog. The strange title is a quote from Mark Twain. I’m paraphrasing here, but the basic idea is as follows.
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