Yodeling in Quarantine

What a fucking time to be alive. Global pandemic the like that hasn’t been seen for a century. Currently in the USA, we have over 300k confirmed cases, 3x that of a week ago, Brian and I have been in self isolation for 25 days (even though I say 24 in the video. Losing count!),…

Hiking and Hacking

I’m currently 30k into my memoir, so all my creative energy is either going toward that or into watercolor painting. It leaves little time/focus to update the blog, so forgive the sparsity of posts. Every week, I go for a hike (or as they say in England: walk) in the Lake District. It’s magnificent. I…

Review: “The best book ever made.”

Hyperbole. I use it often for emphasis, especially when overwhelmed with joy or another passionate emotion, so I deeply appreciate this glowing 5-star review by reader K. A. Schaefer for the 5th book in the Rowan of the Wood fantasy series: SPIRIT OF THE OTHERWORLD. Awesome! The best book ever made. The ending is the…

At Long Last: Spirit of the Otherworld

Although I wish this post was announcing the actual release of the fifth and final book in the Rowan of the Wood fantasy series, as originally planned for a Christmas 2013 release, I’m proud to at least unveil the cover of Spirit of the Otherworld: Rowan of the Wood, Book Five. For those of you…

New Release: Avalon Revamped

Today is the official release day for my alter-ego’s new book: Avalon Revamped. This is the long-awaited sequel, of sorts, to the Amazon Gothic Romance bestseller Avalon Revisited, available from Riverdale Ave Books in either paperback or eBook. About Avalon Revamped: Arthur Tudor, a vampire for nearly four-hundred years, finds himself bored with life and…

Elimination Diet: Day 24

Day 24 with only 4 days to go on the 28-day Elimination Diet. Today, tomorrow, and Wednesday, I’m re-introducing dairy to see if there is a major reaction. Like I said last week, I pretty much have reactions to everything, no matter what. The one thing that has reduced considerably is the mood changes and…

Elimination Diet: Day 20

So. This is what I’ve learned so far from the elimination diet: I have an intolerance to food. All food. Every bit of it, and I haven’t even re-introduced dairy, wheat, gluten, or yeast, yet. Everything from plain quinoa to organic rice cakes to winter squash. Although some symptoms have lessened, most haven’t. None have…

Duotrope Strategy

As promised, here is another excerpt from my forthcoming second edition of Publishing & Marketing Realities for the Emerging Author: Getting the Most Out of Duotrope Especially now that it’s no longer free, take some time to get the most out of Duotrope by doing your research and being organized. Although they have their handy…

Do Duotrope!

(From my forthcoming 2nd Edition to Publishing and Marketing Realities for the Emerging Author) Duotrope lists virtually every market for short stories and provides a handy submission tracking device. I truly can’t recommend Duotrope highly enough. You can research markets by genre, pay, story length, and more. As you research, you can save particular markets…

How Twitter Automation Saved My Career

Okay. That might be a bit of an overstatement, but it caught your attention! To make the most out of this blog and TweetAdder automation, I set up .txt documents with links to all my blog posts, podcasts, book links, reviews, and more, then uploaded those .txt files to TweetAdder to randomly post throughout the…