Equipment Check! Signings, Social Media Events, and Travel Checklist

Know what you need, where it is, and how to use it – before you need it. Do an equipment check – both to ensure that you have everything you need and that it’s in good, working order prior to your event or travel. It’s also a good idea to keep a packing list when Read More …

Be a Data Driven Blogger

Is your approach to blogging and social media data driven, or intuitive? Mine’s generally been a spotty combination of intuition, common sense, intuition, and wishful thinking. When we say things like, “Don’t be a spammy spammer” or “never use those nasty pop-ups” and “be real, be vulnerable, be a people person” we are, to some Read More …

Checklist for Blogging: 27 Steps to a Winning Author Platform

Do your blogging efforts sometimes feel a little haphazard – just a bit too “hit or miss”? You may have heard, “You need a blog!” but still don’t have more than a vague notion of why or what to do with one. Are you an inconsistent blogger – enthusiastic and energetic, one day, while forgetting you Read More …

Diversity Isn’t Something to be “Tolerated”

It’s something to be appreciated. Valued. Biodiversity is critical to our planet’s survival. Diversity of thoughts, ideas, perspectives, and experiences fuels innovation. It keeps the world from being homogeneous and dull. Imagine if all the characters in a novel were the same – all “matchy-matchy,” as my daughter used to say. How boring would THAT Read More …

Blog: Holodeck for the Author’s Brain

Step into my author blog. It is a holodeck for my brain. Today, it is a tiny library lit by the amber glow of a banker’s light atop a heavy, burled walnut desk. The bookshelves stretch from floor to ceiling; there is a trap door with a spiral staircase, just behind the desk, that leads to Read More …

Add-to-Any WordPress Plug-in: Sharing Made Easy

Writers have been learning the importance of “shameless self-promotion” for over a decade, but it’s still more comfortable for many of us to promote other people than to toot our own horns. Oh, we’re learning – but that doesn’t make it “comfortable.” It’s not really our “happy place.” Most authors would prefer to have a small Read More …

Blogging from A to Z: The Day-Late Theme Reveal

Last year, I had an epiphany: I should have chosen “The Dictionary” as my theme, and called it “Stick a Pin In It.” I might not have felt so constrained, and it would have been impossible to run out of material. It might have felt like cheating – a little – but I would have made it Read More …

Quell the Quest

Quell the urge to fight against the hours; Relent, give in, admit defeat – move on. Such is life, and there are worthier pursuits – Truer aims, more meaningful challenges Ubiquitous — Vanquish those. Waste not one precious moment Xerescaping the page. Say to what grows in imagination, “Yes!” Embrace the strange, exotic, foreign fruit Read More …

Parasailing

Is it cheating to say, “I’ve done this – more than once – but I wanna go again!”? Not just parasailing, of course, but parasailing upside down. Is there any other way? I can’t believe my mom had to twist my arm to do this, initially. She loved parasailing, and asked if she could take Read More …

Ocean Dreams

“The ocean is the lifeblood of Earth, covering more than 70 percent of the planet’s surface, driving weather, regulating temperature, and ultimately supporting all living organisms. Throughout history, the ocean has been a vital source of sustenance, transport, commerce, growth, and inspiration.” And yet, “To date, we have explored less than five percent of the ocean.” Read More …

Look for the Loch Ness Monster

Nessie. No idea why such a peaceful looking creature, so camera shy, so good at playing hide and seek with adventurous humans – oh, assuming she exists at all! – would be called a “monster.” Trockle’s a bit sad to think what a bad reputation monsters have, but is happy to do his part in Read More …