My first really negative review was kind of traumatizing. Harsh critiques can be rough for a first-time authors. But here’s a few tips that helped me get over it and gain some perspective.
More than one reader has commented about the “gaps” in the story-line of Where Daffodils Bloom. In this post I explain why they had to be there (and also talk about an idea I have to fill in some of the holes).
Combine unexpected bestseller status with a long drive home on a dark, rainy night, and what do you get? A new understanding of what success really means.
…And an awful lot of frogs.
Well ladies and gentlemen. My upcoming book, Where Daffodils Bloom, finally HAS A COVER!!! Whoohoo! Drum-roll please… I commissioned a professional cover design company, called Damonza, to create it for me. They took the information I gave them (synopsis, important symbolism, character descriptions, etc) and created two different cover concepts for me to choose between. …….Read More
It’s ALMOST HERE!!!!! After over three years of work, Fred and Lily’s story is finally almost ready to be released! Are you as excited as I am? Do you want to be part of making sure the whole world reads this book? Then keep reading after the title announcement for a very special opportunity below. …….Read More
The End. In the overflowing silence that lingered beyond the last notes of music, I felt the magnitude of those two words bubbling up inside of me. They filled my senses. Overwhelming. Breathtaking. Like the feeling you get when you stumble upon some secret place of wonder. Not a bustling tourist trap full of noise …….Read More
Aftermath. Yep. That’s the word. Like when some life-altering cataclysm hits, and you wake up lying in the dirt, blinking numbly around at the altered landscape and wondering what just happened. That’s how it felt to wobble up out of my writing cave once December finally arrived. I know it’s been an outrageously long time …….Read More
Here we are, standing on the brink of November again. Night breezes are whispering of coming frosts. The sun is sinking lower and lower on the skyline. Squirrels are rustling busily in crisp, golden piles of fallen leaves… And all over the world, writers everywhere are rustling just as busily in piles of outlines and …….Read More
“The whole duty of a writer is to please and satisfy himself, and the true writer always plays to an audience of one.” So says E.B. White. And that advice, in various forms, is widely doled out among writers. “Write for yourself.” they tell you. Don’t worry about what the editor will think. Don’t worry …….Read More
“The pen is mightier than the sword.” I bet all of you have heard that one. The implication of course, is that the peaceful power of the written word is a more potent force than raw violence. But sometimes, the pen isn’t all that peaceful. Sometimes I look back over my week and find a …….Read More