Monday, September 30, 2019

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Quotes of the Week

If your book doesn't keep you up nights writing it, it won't keep anyone up nights reading it.
—James A. Michener

Don't be a writer; be writing.
—William Faulkner

Writers get paid for what other people get scolded for— daydreaming.
—Richard Walter

The best stories don’t come from good vs. bad but from good vs. good.
—Leo Tolstoy

An artist's only concern is to shoot for some kind of perfection, and on his own terms, not anyone else's.
—J.D. Salinger

Boys think girls are like books, if the cover doesn't catch their eye they won't bother to read what's inside.
—Marilyn Monroe

Somebody said to me, 'But the Beatles were anti-materialistic.' That's a huge myth. John and I literally used to sit down and say, 'Now, let's write a swimming pool.'
—Paul McCartney

The worst enemy of creativity is self-doubt.
—Sylvia Plath

Good books don't give up all their secrets at once.
—Stephen King

Monday, September 16, 2019

Fuel for Writing: Time Passing

-- As I write a time travel novel this becomes very interesting...

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Sunday Signing!

I will be signing books this Sunday, September 15th, 1pm to 3pm at Hylton Performing Arts Center. With some fellow authors that are worth meeting!

Stop in and say hi or just point and laugh!
  • Where: Hylton Performing Arts Center - 10960 George Mason Cir, Manassas, VA 20109
  • When: Sunday, September 15th, 1pm to 3pm
  • Who: You and people like you!
  • Why: Because you love to read and we love to write!
Come and see me! 

Friday, September 13, 2019

Meet the Author

I will be signing books this Saturday, September 14th, 11am to 3pm at McKay's Books in Manassas VA. With some fellow authors that are worth meeting!

Stop in and say hi or just point and laugh!

  • Where: McKay's Books, 8345 Sudley Road, Manassas, Virginia 20109
  • When: Saturday, September 14th, 11am to 3pm
  • Who: Several local authors
  • Why: Because you love to read and we love to write!
Come and see us! 

10 Worst Pieces of Writing Advice

-- Here is the list. Worst advice EVAR!

1) Quit your job.
2) Editors are optional.
3) Hard work is Toxic.
4) Do what famous authors do.
5) Buy this course and be a successful author.
6) Fanfic will grow your audience.
7) You must write every day.
8) Traditional Publishing is the only way to go.
 9) Beta readers will steal your work.
10) Write what sells.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Quotes of the Week

Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free.
—Jim Morrison

Do not hoard what seems good for a later place in the book, or for another book; give it, give it all, give it now.
—Annie Dillard

I write to dream; to connect with other human beings; to record; to clarify; to visit the dead. I have a kind of primitive need to leave a mark on the world. Also, I have a need for money.
—Mary Karr

Begin with an individual, and before you know it you have created a type; begin with a type, and you find you have created – nothing.
–F. Scott Fitzgerald

If you let conditions stop you from working, they'll always stop you.
—James T. Farrell

You should read and read, to find out what kind of writer you want to be, and then write and write, to find out what kind of writer you actually are. The two are often two different things.
—Colson Whitehead

Write what you like; there is no other rule.
—O. Henry

I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.
—Anne Frank

Damn the rules, it's the Feeling that Counts.
—John Coltrane

If you want to fly, you have to give up the shit that weighs you down.
—Toni Morrison

There is no friend as loyal as a book.
—Ernest Hemingway

In literature, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth, you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.
—C.S. Lewis

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Stay afraid, but do it anyway. What’s important is the action. Just do it and the confidence will follow.
—Carrie Fisher

The conscious mind is the editor, and the subconscious mind is the writer.
—Steve Martin

My advice is not to wait to be struck by an idea. If you’re a writer, you sit down and damn well decide to have an idea.
—Andy Rooney

On Twitter, there exists a popular hashtag: #amwriting. Every time I see it, I want to yell: no you’re not!
—Dani Shapiro

The more you read, the more you will write. The better the stuff you read, the better the stuff you will write.
—Annie Dillard

The glory of a good tale is that it is limitless and fluid; a good tale belongs to each reader in its own particular way.
—Stephen King

Your audience is one single reader. I have found that sometimes it helps to pick out one person-a real person you know, or an imagined person-and write to that one.
—John Steinbeck

The best work that anybody ever writes is the work that is on the verge of embarrassing him, always.
—Arthur Miller

You want to be a writer? A writer is someone who writes every day — so start writing.
—Shonda Rhimes

Monday, September 2, 2019

Happy Labor Day

Now that I am a full-time author, I try to take actual holidays off. I was going to try and take weekends off when I first retired. That never happened. I write most holidays too.

--Happy Labor Day!