Book Page Update

Transitioning to a “full-time writer” mode means I have time for the overdue housekeeping on our website. There will be a full redesign someday, but for now, the Books page has descriptions, ratings, and trigger warnings. Here you go. It’s not much, but it’s a start. If/when you find a typo or two, let usContinue reading “Book Page Update”

Posture and Mojo

Our single brain cell is on display in this podcast because we wandered all over the writer’s landscape today, starting with writing posture, segueing to mojo and frame of mind, and ending with a chat about writers spending money. We even mention my cochlear implants. We also learned that CC and I had very differentContinue reading “Posture and Mojo”

A Note from the Rurals

CC and I were chatting this morning about my segue into retirement, and it’s not going well because (as she perfectly described) I was a drone for forty years. I’m so used to being told what to do during the workday, I’m not acclimating well to this new reality of self-determination. I will gain independentContinue reading “A Note from the Rurals”

Settings Part Two

We got around to rerecording Settings Part 2, the one where we define how a setting can overwhelm the characters in your book. We’re talking about an event that obliterates the routines and comfort zones of your characters. We give thoughts on this genre, starting with highlighting the strengths and weaknesses of your characters asContinue reading “Settings Part Two”

Quick Update

CC and I are keeping busy: There is no podcast this week, though we recorded one. After review and much debate, we decided that the content was not in keeping with our mission of helping writers write. Shorter: too political. We’ll return to the normal schedule and format on Sunday, October 16. The edited manuscriptContinue reading “Quick Update”

Settings Part One

This week’s podcast has us on the road to Lone Pine, California, home to many movie settings, some of which you’ve seen. We use a visit to the Museum of Western Film History and the Alabama Hills as background for a chat about Settings. They can be a challenge to writers as we try toContinue reading “Settings Part One”

Gratitude

Our followers know I retired on Friday, September 30, after 40 total years of public service. My last day was filled with heartfelt wishes from long-time associates and poignant memories of a building where I learned so much. The icing on the cake was the goodbye dinner with my team and their partners where weContinue reading “Gratitude”

Anxiety Attack

We gave ourselves an on-air (and mutual) anxiety attack in this week’s podcast as we talked out our plans for the rest of the year. We didn’t know how much we have going on until we turned on the microphone! The big part of the podcast was Content Editing. We got the draft back fromContinue reading “Anxiety Attack”

Imposter Syndrome

We always say we have a jampacked podcast and we’re usually right. Today’s fun started at Oh-dark-thirty when JT photographed a hot air balloon over Carson City, only to learn later that a friend and colleague was aboard. We ended up taking pictures of each other without knowing we were taking pictures of each other.Continue reading “Imposter Syndrome”

Marketing is Cruel

Episode 81 is all about making a plan to market our book and sticking to it. We say “Marketing is Cruel” because we are not the kind of people to rush out and beg people to read our books. We talk about the baby steps we’re taking to get over that hump and why we’reContinue reading “Marketing is Cruel”

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