As an author I love to escape with readers into creative worlds of fiction in three genres: medieval epic fantasy, historical fiction, and romantic mystery. My aim is to make this website an immersive experience for readers. Care to join us?
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Those who have trouble saying “no” to others have never really said “yes” to themselves. It’s possible to be so far out of touch with your own existence you don’t even pause long enough to wonder if you’re doing the right thing.
Authors live in something of a fishbowl. Gone are the days when a literary type could play the hermit. We willingly post our pictures across the Internet. We blog, update and tweet about our daily challenges, our families and the intricacies of our minds. Transparency, that's … Continue Reading ››
Promoting a book is a lot like planning a wedding. It takes patience and time. If you try to rush right in at the last minute and make things happen, the odds are you’ll end up with a mess. It’s best to set a budget and specific, attainable goals well in advance. To actually achieve them, you have to work away at your goals, bit by bit. Even then, you have no guarantee things will go as planned.
This week I passed up two opportunities to strengthen friendships. I must not become so busy I forget to love others. Those opportunities will never come again in the same way. I told myself I’ll find other chances to visit with my friends, but, when I stop to think about it, I have no certainty of that.
Life is but a vapor. Why do I forget to remember that in the daily grind of life?
A “new disease.” That’s the term vocal students in my college attached to a particular, and distressing, affliction we all suffered at one time or another. It happened whenever one of our voice teachers added a new technique to the already-long list of “Things to Think About While Singing.” It seemed that concentrating on posture, support, breath control, placement, pitch, duration, dynamics, phrasing, tempo and oh yes — the words to sing — was not enough. It also became necessary to regulate emotion. Too much and we risked ruining the pitch. Too little and we came across as automatons — brilliant but lifeless.
I know a writer who signed contracts for 13 books in one year and another who sold 11. Of course, these writers didn’t write all those books in a year. No. With no promise of reward and despite rejection, each of them trudged through years of effort to produce one manuscript after another. As a result, the reward for their diligence arrived in multiples.
Whether you aspire to publication or not, the principle is the same.
Where are you going in life? Do you know? Many people head down a road of someone else’s choosing. They never stop and wonder if they’re going the right way. They engage in reactive (rather than proactive) living. Any hopes and dreams they once cherished lie buried in unmarked graves behind them.
If you’re just starting out, don’t let this be you. If I’ve described your life…
A certain person whose identity will remain concealed in the mists of anonymity complained to me repeatedly that he had no time to read. When I noticed he had no difficulty finding time to watch television, sometimes for hours on end, I mentioned this as gently as possible. To his credit, he took my point. His television is cold and dark more often now, and he reads on a regular basis.
No one can hear "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" without remembering Judy Garland. "Stormy Weather" summons thoughts of Lena Horne. And "My Way" brings to mind Frank Sinatra. Professional singers tend to … Continue Reading ››