The Power of Tiktok Compels You! (And Community)

In June I held a Sword and Shield giveaway from my Tiktok account that included a signed copy of my book and various goodies. I’ve found that, by advertising the contest, and by extension advertising the book, I am able to attract new readers even if there is only one winner. And I was exceptionallyContinue reading “The Power of Tiktok Compels You! (And Community)”

What Is Your ‘Why’?

People don’t do anything without a reason. Even if that reason is ‘I was bored’ or ‘I didn’t want to do [Insert Unpleasant Task Here] so I did this instead’. However, this post isn’t about apathetic non-decisions, but rather, about the decisions that make us who we are. And so I ask again, “What isContinue reading “What Is Your ‘Why’?”

Tentatively: The Sea & Storm AND Updated Sword & Shield!

When I opened the 20,000ish word document that held the beginnings of The Sword & Shield’s sequel (The Sea & Storm), I was shocked to see that the last time I touched it was back in December 2020. This was less a writer’s block and more a writer’s monolith. The Kaaba would be a moreContinue reading “Tentatively: The Sea & Storm AND Updated Sword & Shield!”

New Fluffernugget

So you’d think that having a full-time job while maintaining a social life, keeping my home in order, writing on the side and taking care of two cats would be enough to keep my hands full. And it does for sure. But having had a dog for 15 years and losing him last year IContinue reading “New Fluffernugget”

Fun Fact Friday: The Fun is Relative

In my Creative Writing Class this week I was assigned to write a Short Story (5-6 pages) with a strong setting.  I had two ideas but one was more developed than the other so I decided to proceed with my story about the first day of the Blitz. For those not familiar with WWII historyContinue reading “Fun Fact Friday: The Fun is Relative”

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times

Happy Day after Christmas!  I hope everyone had a nice holiday. Let’s dive back in! Being a writer is a little like being a manifestation of Michigan weather.  For any fellow natives of America’s High-Five, you know that our weather has a bit of a borderline personality disorder.  Meaning it’s crazy.  Cray-cray.  I feel badContinue reading “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times”

The Magic of Stickers

  Apparently I have the reward based personality of a five year old.  All I needed to stimulate my writing was a bunch of stickers.  954 stickers to be precise.  Trying to set a reasonable goal, I set each sticker to a valuation of 500 words.  Since implementing this plan on the 11th of December,Continue reading “The Magic of Stickers”

Back to Basics: Because I Totally Have Time for College

So I’ve got a lot going on in my life.  I’m making big changes, trying to better myself, and reaching out socially.  All in all, my schedule is pretty full.  So naturally I decided to go back to school. When I say go back, I don’t mean I’m getting another degree (no way in hellContinue reading “Back to Basics: Because I Totally Have Time for College”