When the World Ends: Or, I Need a New Computer

The Death of My Dell (To skip to the “best laptops for writers” information, scroll to the end.) It was the 2015-2016 academic year. I was finishing my MFA program (no biggie), launching a platform, winning NaNoWriMo, writing my thesis, planning and organizing a remodel/addition project in the SF Bay Area (from Maryland), dealing with…

The Writing Life: Lions and Tiger and Titles – Oh My!

If you’re anything like me, you start writing because a character (or an interesting situation) comes to visit your brain. And you write and write and write and begin to bring to life the story. You start to get excited about your wonderful writing so you share bits and pieces of the project with your…

Top Seven Takeaways from Writing Conferences (Part 7): Enjoy the Ride

My final takeaway after attending myriad writing conferences for a year is to sit back, relax, and enjoy yourself. I know it can be stressful to network, have your work critiqued, or pitch to an agent. But it’s important to remember that writing conferences are not put on to induce stress. They are there to…

Time to Celebrate!

After participating in the October Platform Challenge hosted by Writer’s Digest and Robert Lee Brewer, I was fortunate to find an amazing list of writers with phenomenal blogs and websites. DMG Byrnes is one of those writers and she was the winner of the Platform Challenge, an honor which included a stack of wonderful writing…

Pondering Poetry: What’s a Poet to Do?

** Don’t forget to enter my February GIVEAWAY! Enter by 2/12 to win! ** I love to read poetry. It makes me feel in a way that little else does. I also love to write poetry. If I am honest (and I believe I am an honest person), I think I mostly write bad poetry. Sigh….

The Writing Life: Top Seven Takeaways from Writing Conferences (Part 2)

As I explained in Part 1 of this series, over the past year I made it a point to go to a multitude of writing conferences. From big, national conferences to small town gatherings, I attended over a dozen conferences, drank lots of too much coffee, and took copious notes. In this series, I’m sharing with my readers my top…

November Giveaway Winner!

I want to thank everyone who entered my November Giveaway!  I am amazed by the number of entries and can’t wait to see what happens in December when my next giveaway begins! CONGRATULATIONS to Patrise Henkel!  The Random Number Gods have favored you today, and you have been selected the November Giveaway winner! You will receive a copy of…