Y is for Yoga

Some of the benefits of Yoga are: Increased flexibility. Increased muscle strength and tone. Improved respiration, energy and vitality. Maintaining balance. Weight reduction. Cardio and circulatory health. Improved athletic performance. Protection from injury While I love Yoga...I really do, in this instance I'm using it as a metaphor for writing. Now how can you apply these w...
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Monday with Aunt Noony – and a Fireside Chat with Kimberley Troutte!

My friend, Kimberley Troutte, is up for several awards and I wanted to chat with her about the awards process and how it fits in with the rest of her writing. She was kind enough to take time out of her busy schedule to chat with me. Grab a cuppa and join me as I get to talk with Kimberley Troutte!ACN: Kimberley, you said you received word that your manuscript, Epicenter (also called Her Guardi...
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Why Big Goals Don’t Work – Baby Step Your Way To Success

Every so often in writer circles, there is talk about goal-setting and success and word-count and other such lofty things.  I repeatedly hear writers moan, “My word count is too low.”  “I need a kick in the pants.”  “THIS month it’ll be different and I’ll write a NaNo length manuscript.”  (NaNo refers to the National Novel Writing Month held every year in November; more i...
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Writer Wednesday: Business Cards – Do You Need Them?

At a recent writing group meeting, one of the members asked me, “Do I need to get business cards?” It’s a good question, and it deserves a good answer. And that answer is not, necessarily, “Yes.”The first question to ask ourselves is, “Do I want business cards?” If the answer is, “Yes,” then my answer is, “Then go get them.” If we really want them, then why not get them? That would imply ther...
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Deep Point-of-View or “How Do You Really Feel About That?”

As I learn more about the old writer's dictum, write, revise, revise, and revise; and as I get practice submitting my work to publishers, I've found that one of the hardest parts is when you get to the nitty-gritty, down-and-dirty "let's clean up this sucker because we're about to hit 'send' to give it to the publisher and it's time to make sure it's free of any dumb-dumb errors."Dumb-dumb errors....
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Wiley Wednesday: Life After NaNo

Those of us who have done NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) share one thing in common, whether or not we actually completed our project or not: there’s a sense of let-down after November is over, a feeling of “what now?” Rest easy, writers; you’re not alone. There are others out there to play with, other projects to tackle, and other crazy goals to set.A great place to look, even if you ...
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Wiley Wednesday: An Interview with Casey Lynn Marketing and Media Services

For this week's Wiley Wednesday, we have the opportunity to have a chat with Casey Lynn, of Casey Lynn Marketing & Media Services. Casey helps authors to market themselves and to navigate the new reality of self-promotion. Casey has kindly consented to answer some questions for us.WR: First off, what IS a marketing/promo plan?CL: Before we start, let's lay out some definitions. "Marketing"...
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Wiley Wednesday: Music and Editing

Getting Back In the MoodI’ve been working on editing my first book, which comes out later this year from Samhain Publishing. I wrote it with my coauthor, Rachel Wilder. While we work together extensively, when I’m at my keyboard working on edits it’s usually by myself. Since we wrote Burning Bright last year, we’ve developed two new series in very different universes, as well as wrote more mate...
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Wiley Wednesday: Irreducible Minimums

There’s an idea in piano instruction called the Irreducible Minimums. It’s the idea that there are certain things that one must do on a regular basis, those “at least” things that keep us with one foot in the water. As it relates to writing, there are certain things that we must do on a regular basis to keep the pump primed and the ideas flowing. But for each writer, those things are different....
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The Power of Plurality: The Many In Support of the One

People frequently ask me, “How do you do all that?” when they find out the irons I have in the fire. While it is true that when I was younger, I would frequently bite off more than I could chew. But it is also true that I’ve learned a lot since then and, while some might disagree with me, no longer am as subject to that foible as I once was. So, how do I do all that? There are two simple answer...
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