Into the New Year

As 2019 comes to a close, the memes are flowing. People are trying to make moving into the new year a big deal, hoping their lives will change for the better.

News flash: it won’t happen if you don’t make it happen. Sorry, but that’s the sad fact of it. If you don’t set out to make this next year better than the last, it won’t be. It takes work. Sometimes bloody hard work.

I’m not talking resolutions. We all know ways around those. I’m talking goals. Set in stone and attainable through a set plan.

I usually choose a single word to epitomize what I want to accomplish for the year. Example, for 2018, I chose ‘Success’. And I broke through some serious boundaries in my own life. I even attained a few new high marks.

In 2019, I chose the word ‘Persevere’. And I did. I worked my way through every tough obstacle that came my way.

I persevered.

For 2020, my word will be ‘Momentum’. More precisely ‘Build on Momentum.” What I achieved in 2018, and bullied forward in 2019, I want to keep getting better in 2020. Everywhere in my life.

What’s your word?

A Gift

I have a little Christmas gift I’ll be sending out in a few days. It’s a short story titled, The Snow Dragon. In it, a young girl, a dragon shapeshifter, discovers she’s not the person she always knew. She meets up with Tony (Antonio Silvani, The Last Griffin) and they begin a trek westward to discover new beginnings.

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A Young Start

I was just a child when I started writing. I constantly made up stories about everything, too. Got in trouble for it in school more than … once.

In high school, my friends and I would write round robin stories while in Study Hall. We tried to leave our section in the worst predicament we could imagine, just to see how the next person got out of the jam.

I kept writing through the military and my early college years. Yet, somehow surprised when my professor suggested I pursue a degree in English/Creative Writing because I was so close to completing it anyway.

My first book, Under Twin Suns, took 12 years to write because I used it as a training tool. I’d fix it the best I could, then send it to someone I respected for some feedback. Then I’d fix it again and send it out again. Finally, I started sending it to publishers and agents. Apparently 40 something is the magic number; several famous writers have hit that before getting their first acceptance letter. My number was 43.

12 years and 42 rejections.

It’s hard work, and there are no shortcuts. If you want to be published bad enough, work hard and be patient.


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Tip #13

When people come see you at a show, reading, signing, whatever, give them something to take home.

I use bookmarks. Who doesn’t need more of those? I’m always losing mine. And they’re pretty, too. Most people have gotten so used to logos on their clothes, or on nearly everything they own. They won’t throw them away.

These are things they’ll see when I’m not around. A visual reminder of me. 


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Praise for Birthright

This was a lovely and very entertaining read! Excellent characters that you’ll fall for quickly (particularly, Captain the horse), wonderful humour and well written action scenes. Very enjoyable! – K

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Tip #12

When your body doesn’t feel good, your brain doesn’t either. It can get distracted. Depressed. Dull.

Eat well. Exercise.

Keep your story-making machine well maintained.

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Praise for Birthright

The book is a real page turner. I couldn’t put it down. The book captured the essence of shapeshifters and medieval times. – V

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Tip #11

From the moment you first set out to write a story for publication, you become a public figure, a celebrity. People applaud you, fawn over you, tell you how wonderfully clever you are.

Most people can see themselves writing a book someday. They relate to you. They want to be you.

But that will end quickly if you are unlikable. It will hurt your sales, too.

It doesn’t matter that you’re not presenting your book at that moment. You’re representing YOU, the writer, all the time. ALL THE TIME.

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Praise for One to Lose

Is it a mystery? Is it a love story? The answer is yes. Take a few hours to get to know Jesse. You will be glad you did. – C

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