Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Thinking about this week: from Jeff Vandermeer's Booklife

Create a mission statement to keep focused on what's important.
Create long-term and short-term goals documents.
Create a general task list associated with these goals.
Create a specific tasks list associated with these goals.
Work the general and specific tasks into a monthly document broken down by week and day. Include in this monthly document any deadlines and any tasks that you need to perform but that are not connected to your long-term and short-term goals.

Make a list of your strengths and weaknesses and the gray places in-between:

Five Year Plan:

One Year Plan:

Monthly Task:

Weekly Task:

"We all experience life changes, and when we do, we have to modify our goals to reflect those changes. Each change carries with it a range of pitfalls and opportunities."

The Four Rules

1) Write a story every week.
2) Finish everything you start.
3) Don't self-critique while you're writing.
4) Work on one thing at a time.

Jay's Guidelines for Writing Fiction

You never get good at writing

"[Writing] is still hard, too, just in ways that are far more interesting to me. That’s what keeps this business fun. You never get good at writing, you just get better."

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015


A WRITER? Why do you want to be a writer? Writers don’t make any money, said a woman to me once. I remember the way she said writer, as if it were tinged, sullied, a word not worthy of the letters that comprise it.

I Must Write - Felicia Sullivan

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Small Beer Goodies

Got a package from Small Beer Press last night that came with a surprise author signature. Super pleased.

Thursday, April 9, 2015