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One word after another...

As someone who struggles to get words on the page every day, the above quote by Neil Gaiman has become one of my favorites. Just knowing a writer as great as Gaiman struggles sometimes too means a lot.

I've been listening to the Story Grid Podcast a lot lately, and one thing that keeps coming up, beyond all the great advice on story structure, is the need to just get words on the page, no matter how crappy they might be or how you feel on any given day. 
My current problem is getting NEW words on the page each day. I seem to spend most of my time constantly revising parts of projects I'd started in the past and never finished. I just printed out 67 pages of a superhero novel that I had begun as part of a NaNoWriMo project years ago and, while I'm determined to finish it (I've even finished completely plotting it this time!), I still feel bad because so far I haven't actually written any new scenes for it.
Still, I'm emboldened by the fact that I DID write thos…
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Well, it was fun while it lasted...

A journey that began seven years ago this month has come to an end. I was informed via email last Friday that Examiner.com, a site I've written for since July 2009, was shutting down. Effective immediately, no new content could be written, and "Examiners" (what the site called its writers) were urged to go about archiving their work.

I'm not devastated by this news. Over the last couple of years, my contributions to the site have
waned, as my interest in my chosen topic, MMORPGs, has waned a bit (the shutdown of my all-time favorite MMORPG, City of Heroes, back in 2012 undoubtedly had something to do with that). In fact, for the last little bit, I'd really only been writing articles so I could keep my account active, to keep my options open in case my MMORPG writing ever really took off.

Initially, however, I was very excited to have this "job." Getting paid to write is, of course, my ultimate dream, a dream I sabotage by not actually writing enough. Gr…

Wynonna Earp off to strong start on SyFy

I have a confession to make. Even though I've known Wynonna Earp creator Beau Smith for going on 20 years now, I've never actually read any of the comics featuring his badass Wyatt Earp descendant and her quest to rid the Earth of various supernatural threats. The main reason for this is my very sporadic comic book reading habits over the years; Wynonna and I just never crossed paths.

As much fun as I'm having watching the new SyFy series based on Beau's creation, however, I'm regretting never picking up her comics. The first episode, "Purgatory," did a great job of laying the groundwork for the series and establishing a backstory without feeling like an exposition dump.

With the second episode, "Keep the Home Fires Burning," however, the series really takes off. Each of the main characters, from Melanie Scrofano's Wynonna to Dominique Provost-Chalkley's Waverly and Shamier Anderson's Agent Dolls, gets plenty of screen time and some…

Dressing for the job you want

There’s a saying that goes, “Dress for the job you want, not the one you have.” If you’re like me and your day job requires you to wear a uniform to work most days, then you really don’t have much of an option when selecting your daily wardrobe. But maybe we can take that old adage and think outside the box for a bit. In this case, let’s change the advice to: “Use LinkedIn for the job you want, not the one you have.”

Yesterday I edited my LinkedIn profile to focus primarily on my writing career instead of my “pay the bills” job. It made sense to me to do that, since I’m very much interested in furthering my writing career. I have no illusions or, in fact, any desire to climb the ladder any higher in my day job, so the amount of help that LinkedIn can offer me in that area is obviously limited.

I’ll have to admit, it was a scary step. I don’t have a ton of LinkedIn connections, but my boss and several of my day job colleagues are on the list. I don’t want to project to these people tha…

What does it mean to be successful in writing?

Despite all of my procrastination, I've dreamed most of my life of being a full-time writer. That is, I would love to be able to support myself and my family completely through my writing. I realize that’s a big dream, and it’s one that most writers never achieve. While I am beginning to take that dream seriously and work towards it, I also don’t want to consider myself a failure if I can’t completely achieve it.

So what does it mean to be successful in your writing? There are several answers to this question. It really depends on what you as a writer want out of it. My ultimate definition of writing success, as indicated above, would be to make enough money from my writing that I wouldn't have to have a “day job.” Failing that, it’d be nice to make enough money to supplement a job that’s less demanding than my current day job, which would be pretty satisfying too.

Ultimately, money probably shouldn't be the main indicator of writing success. Most writers are
never able t…

What I've been up to...

It's been a long time since I've updated this blog. I haven't really been writing much, but that's changing. I'm starting to use Scrivener, which I've always heard was great but never gave much of a chance before, to write Sacrosanct. I'm hoping to get it finished this year and be able to publish it to Kindle by next year.

I've also been working as Content Designer for Valiance Online, a superhero MMORPG, which has been a fun experience so far. And I'm going through my back catalog of Examiner.com articles and polishing up and republishing some old pieces.

I'll try to update this blog at least once a week going forward. Stay tuned.

Vacation over :(

Well, after a week spent doing almost nothing but writing my NaNoWriMo novel, I'm heading back to work
at my day job this morning. While I'm obviously a little down about rejoining the daily grind and cleaning up whatever messes have been left for me, I did accomplish quite a bit while I was off:


18,067 words in my NaNo novel (average of 2581 words each day during the vacation)Examiner articles about the new "World of Warcraft" expansion, about another new Blizzard game, about the new content update in "Marvel Heroes," and then another "WoW" one about the new Garrison feature in "Wizards of Draenor."Last but not least, a few blog posts so this place doesn't appear to be abandoned. But, back to the grind I go now. I'm hopeful that the write-every-single-freaking-day momentum won't be lost now that I'm going back to work.
And today's not going to suck completely. There IS a new "Walking Dead" on tonight, after…