Reading Now: Chuck Wendig

Reading Now: Chuck Wendig
I normally post when I start reading a book. Sometimes, I do the post a day or three after I actually start. That was a mistake this time. I figured I’d have plenty of time to put up a post regarding Chuck Wendig‘s novel, Blackbirds. I was wrong. It took me all of three days ...

Five More Tips for Making a Conference Great

I’ve been thinking about my first post that contained five tips for making the most of a conference. I jotted down a few notes on adding five more tips, and I wanted to share them with you here. 1) Practice Your Pitch If you’re going to be pitching your book to an agent or editor, ...

The Other Side of Fear

The Other Side of Fear
I friend of mine posted this image with a quote from Jack Canfield. For those of you that are somehow unable to read the quote, it goes, “Everything you want is on the other side of fear.” I couldn’t agree more. I used to be afraid of almost everything important. I’m not talking about phobias ...

Finished: Jim Butcher’s Cold Days

I finished reading Jim Butcher’s Cold Days this afternoon. I started this book way back in December of last year. Don’t let the time it took me to read the book suggest that the book was a slow read. I’ve just had lots of PPW stuff and personal stuff going on since that time. I honestly ...

Five Tips for Making the Most of a Conference

Pikes Peak Writers recently hosting our second annual Write Your Heart Out Event, which is a free half-day showcase of what to expect at our annual Pikes Peak Writers Conference. Congrats to Shannon and her staff of volunteers for putting together a fantastic event! I had prepared a series of interludes between the main speakers in ...

One-Thousand, Eight Degrees

One-Thousand, Eight Degrees
I’ve told the story of the night my arm was nearly amputated in a car wreck on a horrific autumn night in 1988 many times. I was encouraged by a few people to write the story down for others to learn from. About the same time I received this encouragement, there was an open call ...

SQUEEEEEEE!!!!

Yeah. That’s the same sound a little girl makes when she’s found out that her father bought her a pony for her eighth birthday. It’s the same sound I made when I read this article on /.. You see, I was an avid player of Star Control 2 when it came out. I was deep in ...

2014 Resolution

This year, I’m going to take more control of things that lie within my grasp. For me, that means the writing, editing, and submitting prose. To be more precise, this means writing/editing/polishing an average of one short story per month. My year-end tally might be a little higher than that, and I’m not going to ...

PPW Blog: Writing From Your Future

Heya folks. I just wanted to drop a quick note that I have a new blog post up over at the Pikes Peak Writer’s Blog. It’s entitled “Writing From Your Future.” If that catches your eye, follow the link and check it out.

Starting to Read: Jim Butcher’s Cold Days

Starting to Read: Jim Butcher's Cold Days
I’ve had Jim Butcher’s Cold Days since it came out, and I’m finally getting around to reading it. I think I’ve had the book for about a year? Somewhere around there. I have the hardcover edition, and it’s signed. That means I’m not going to read that copy since I don’t want the book to get ...