Moving Forward In my teens and twenties, I used to tell a racist alcoholic rape joke. I pulled out the exaggerated accent. I slurred like a drunk. And I didn’t even flinch at the idea of a woman being repeatedly raped. I thought it was hilarious, and I never expected that would change. Somewhere along
Anyone can self-publish a book nowadays. But self-publishing is a huge undertaking, and it’s not easy to do it well. Many authors know they need a “great” editor or a “professional” cover design if they want their book to stand out. But it can be too tempting to take shortcuts and save money with a
I did it. I sent my writing to an editor last month. Yes, even a professional editor needs another perspective. When we become too close to our own writing, it’s like we can’t see it anymore. A good editor can help us see it more clearly. I had become so muddled in my manuscript that
I was invited out to an open mic at the library this week. I steeled myself for the journey. I have a completed first draft of a non-fiction book in my possession. Was I ready to hang it out there in the wind? Sure, you only live once, I told myself. So I gave it a
I’ve been writing since I was a little kid. I still have the journals I wrote in grade school and the essays that were well-graded in high school. It was a thrill to have my work read aloud by the teacher — the ultimate compliment — even though there were marks deducted for handing it
No. Not like that. I am still in my marriage. 100%. What I mean is stepping out from the shadow. There is a part of me that feels more comfortable when Mark is in the spotlight and I’m hiding behind him. I’ve spent much of my life hiding like that. It’s not a bad thing.
I slept later than I hoped I would. The trick when this happens is to NOT CHECK EMAIL before I leave the house. But sometimes I ignore my own advice. Yesterday was one of those mornings when I thought I would just take a quick peek at what might lay in wait for me when
It’s been a fun month! We’ve been relaxing into selling books while continuing to research and learn more about the publishing industry, preparing for the holidays, getting caught up on so many things that had been left behind, seeing friends, watching movies, reading, AND we’ve spent time writing. Mark is well into his second fiction
Ready for beta readers in August of 2014, Mark held his breath and pressed ‘send’ on what we felt must be the final draft, once again, save typos. One friend provided immediate feedback, bringing welcome relief. Then we waited. And waited. More feedback began to trickle in around October, and Mark was still collecting input in December.
After a California Christmas with Mark’s parents and his precious Uncle Tom — whom Goodnight Sunshine is dedicated to — we headed to Tucson, Arizona to connect with friends. It would be a working holiday because we had given ourselves a deadline for completing the book. Mark and I traded off day after day for the