Why Breaking My Foot Was One of the Best Things to Happen to Me: Part 1

By late 2016, I was in a bit of a rut socially. I had gotten sick of hanging out at bars. I’ve never been a “bar person” to begin with and usually would never set foot in one unless there was some sort of event going on there (usually karaoke night).  I had even gotten […]

The “Running From the Bear” Book Opening

Of the few writer’s conferences I’ve been to, there’s a coveted event that writers love: “The First Page Gong Show!” There’s a few variations of this event, but it usually goes something like this: A panel of literary agents reads your first page aloud. The agents will raise their hand when they get to the […]

Review: Soldiers of Earthrise Book 1- The Earthling

Disclaimer: This review is based on the advanced reader copy. Before I get down to the review proper, let me give you a little primer on the author, Daniel Arenson. He’s an extremely prolific self-published author. I’ve had a few short conversations with him on Twitter and he seems like he’d be the cool nerd […]

The NA/YA Bait & Switch Submission

For a fleeting moment in time, book marketers were trying to make the age group of “new adult” take off the way that young adult exploded into popularity in the early 2000s. It failed miserably. Since then, some authors and agents still hope that it’ll catch on, but that hasn’t been the case. I say […]

Writing for Cheapskates: Why Use Linux as a Writer?

As the first of a series on saving money as a writer, this is a piece on why a writer would want to use Linux instead of Windows of Mac OS.  For those who don’t know, Linux is the third major option of operating system to run on your computer after Windows and Mac OS. […]

Eternal Shadow Advanced Copy

Another unscheduled blog today.  My advanced copy of Eternal Shadow just arrived in the mail today. It came with the signed copy of the novel, personalized letter, bookmark, and Khulu nameplate. Thank you so much for the chance to beta read your story and the advanced copy/swag. The letter means a lot to me. My […]

Abuse and Stalking of Literary Agents

I follow lots of literary agents on Twitter to keep my finger on the pulse of the industry. In what I would call a sub-trend of the #MeToo movement, I’ve seen so many of them post about abusive contact or creepy things prospective authors have done to them.  TLDR: BE PROFESSIONAL AND STOP WITH THE […]

The Worst Dining Service Ever

For my father-in-law’s birthday, we took him to a chain Italian restaurant. I won’t name this place because I really don’t want their corporate office to take notice. They’ll probably try to suck up and give me a comp or discount, and I’m not looking for a handout.  Upon arriving, they sat us and we […]

Let the Right One In Book Review

Warning: This review may contain minor spoilers that I personally already knew before reading the book but didn’t affect my enjoyment of the story. Let the Right One In (also published as Let Me In) is an horror story in the 80s about twelve year old Oskar who befriends Eli, a new girl in his […]