The Journal: Alison Naomi Holt and Robert J. Sadler

In today’s Journal * Thanks for the input * Alison Naomi Holt * Robert J. Sadler * Yesterday * Of Interest * The Numbers Thanks to everyone who gave me input re my fairly recent announcement that I was considering writing nonfiction books on all my mentoring subtopics. I even thought about doing a Kickstarter for the series. I appreciate the input, but I’ve decided against doing that, at least for now, and at least as a series. It would take too much time away from my fiction, and really, that’s where I live and breathe. Besides, the mentorships, personalized … Read more

The Journal: Quotes and Other Things

In today’s Journal * Quotes of the Day * If you’ve never read * In some of Dean’s lectures * Of Interest * The Numbers Quotes of the Day “I teach a number of writing classes and attend my share of conferences, and one of the questions that always comes up goes something like this: ‘I hear authors talk about how there comes a point in every story when the characters take over and start writing the story for you. Does that happen to you?’ The short answer is no; and frankly, it sort of ticks me off. I’d love … Read more

The Journal: Susan Ellison

In today’s Journal * Quotes of the Day * The Passing of Susan Ellison and a Story * Of Interest * The Numbers Quotes of the Day “If you aren’t getting better, you’re getting worse.” Lawrence Welk on practice “Wit does not always mean funny. Many times it is, but the real basis of wit is sharpness. It gets the point across crisply, memorably.” James Scott Bell The Passing of Susan Ellison, and a Story I was late coming to this, but I thought it worthy of sharing in a special post. First, read Neil Gaiman’s touching post at … Read more

The Journal: Requesting Your Recommendations

In today’s Journal * Quotes of the Day * Topic: Requesting Your Recommendations * Today * Of Interest * The Numbers Quotes of the Day “Readers don’t buy books, they buy stories by voices that resonate with them. The more distinct your voice, the more likely your signal stands out from the rest of the noise.” Russell Blake “We all think we live in an exceptional time, and this is the big show, and all else was preamble. Wrong. This is only our show, and we are tomorrow’s preamble, so lighten up and have fun with whatever you’re doing, and … Read more