Month: January 2018

Creativity Boosting & Inspiration, Writing Tips & Career Advice

Start With “The End.”

The End

For most writers, writing the words, “The End” is the culmination of months (or years) of effort. It marks the completion of a project and is cause for a moment of celebration. I’m weird, though, because none of this is true for me. I usually write, “The End” within the first day of beginning a …

Creativity Boosting & Inspiration, Productivity & Time Management, Random Generalizations & Observations

Kick the Negative People to the Curb

Negative People

I recently ended a long-term friendship. Perhaps friendship isn’t the right word, at least not for what the relationship became in the past few years. What began as an even exchange of friendship, commiseration, help, confidence, and caring degenerated into a one-sided affair as this person became one of the most negative people I’ve ever …

Marketing & Platform Building, Using & Surviving Social Media

Obsessing Over Algorithms is a Waste of Time


The other day, word went around that both Facebook and Instagram are changing their algorithms. Yet again. (Of course, since they’re now the same company, it’s not surprising.) The new changes are supposed to make it easier to see content posted by friends, but it will make it much more difficult for authors and anyone …

Creativity Boosting & Inspiration, Hobbies, Board Games & Lego, Writing Tips & Career Advice

You Don’t Have to Monetize Every Skill

In today’s culture, in America especially, there is a pressure to monetize every single skill that you possess. It doesn’t matter what it is… It could be something utterly obscure like yak raising. But dammit, if you raise yaks you’d better be making money off of them. It doesn’t matter if you simply want to …

Benefits of Play, Creativity Boosting & Inspiration, Writing Tips & Career Advice

Journaling with Coloring Books

Journaling Color 1

I’ve written before about my enjoyment of coloring. Long before adult coloring books became a thing, I was buying kid’s coloring books and some crayons and having fun. Now that adult coloring books are available, I’ve got a lot more to choose from! I discovered the therapeutic benefits of coloring back in the ’90’s when …