Coffee or Tea?

So I’m sitting here with a cup of tea, mad at my computer because it’s having a personality crisis and can’t remember that it’s supposed to do things like connect to the internet, pull my file from the cloud, and print my work when I tell it to. Instead of stressing about all of thatContinue reading “Coffee or Tea?”

8 Ways to Encourage Discouraged Writers

We all get discouraged. Some of us more than others, but hey, no matter where you fall on the discouragement scale, we’ve all been there. Tragic news. Rejection letters. A spiral of self-doubt. Lost a job. Bad breakup. Whatever. I’m going to talk specifically about how to encourage writers, but some of these tips will comeContinue reading “8 Ways to Encourage Discouraged Writers”

Tracking Submissions

I’ve been submitting work to magazines since the days of paper submissions. If you’re too young to remember that period of time, this is how it worked: 1) Buy the latest copy of Writer’s Market.  2) Spend hours looking up markets accepting unsolicited work, who happen to accept the genre you’ve written in, and are looking forContinue reading “Tracking Submissions”

Margaret Atwood comes to Sweden

It all started with a short story I wrote at the end of last year. I wrote it for fun. I had no plan in mind when I began, only a first line–one of ten I came up with for a writing exercise. A voice came next. One that had something to say, but sheContinue reading “Margaret Atwood comes to Sweden”

A Short Look at Agendas

The past few months have been interesting. I’ve stuck to my plan, for the most part. But the plan changed. I knew it would. The plan always changes. It grows bigger. Curves down unexpected paths, and the chance to find honeysuckles or weeds is probably equal. If I’m lucky the path leads to an excitingContinue reading “A Short Look at Agendas”

My writing group celebrates 20 years!

Last year I accomplished a lot in my writing world. I finished and self-published my first fantasy novel, Ashborne. I published my first short story, Orbital Extraction. I applied to a grant program. I took several courses related to the craft of writing, including a screenwriting course I never thought I’d take. I created aContinue reading “My writing group celebrates 20 years!”

My first signed Jim Butcher books

Jim Butcher came to Sweden! I love Jim Butcher. It wasn’t always that way. I hated him for a while, but now I love him. I guess hate is a strong word, and it’s not him personally I hated. I didn’t hate his stories either, or his writing. What drove me bonkers was how it feltContinue reading “My first signed Jim Butcher books”

If you don’t have a Booklaunch page yet, you should!

Are you an author? Do you have a Booklaunch page? If you answered ‘yes’ to the first question, but ‘no’ to the second, you’re missing out. Despite their name, Booklaunch isn’t just a page for people ‘launching’ a new book. It’s a page for anyone who has written a book and is selling it on emarkets.Continue reading “If you don’t have a Booklaunch page yet, you should!”

What my search for quotable lines taught me

My inner critic hates me. I know you’re all saying she’s supposed to be critical, but I think you underestimate her. She really hates me. Or maybe you know the feeling. Maybe your inner critic is just as vicious. To combat the critical voice from hell that lives inside me, I try to tell myselfContinue reading “What my search for quotable lines taught me”

Why I Would Stop Reading a Book

For at least a year now, I’ve been interested in steampunk. Not interested in the way where I rush out and buy every steampunk novel on the market and start collecting old gears interested, but more of a mild curiosity kind of interest. I guess I’m beginning to flirt with steampunk. If I see an articleContinue reading “Why I Would Stop Reading a Book”