Author On The Ledge!

Be sure to enter to win a signed copy of Savvy Stories HERE LAST DAY! Don’t miss out!         You’ll know it when you see it. An author friend has started the downward spiral of doubt. Here’s an example from a blog post of an obviously dismayed author friend, followed by my reply:Continue reading “Author On The Ledge!”

Okay, What’s The Big Surprise?

Ta daaaaahhh! Here it is: YOU can win one of 5 signed paperback copies of “Savvy Stories, funny things I learned from my daughter” by entering a Goodreads promo right now! Click HERE to enter the promo. Okay, you’re giving away a book. Why is that a big deal? In a word, BOOK PROMOTIONS = MARKETINGContinue reading “Okay, What’s The Big Surprise?”

Announcing the TOUGHEST Flash Fiction Challenge Ever: 4-Way Dialog (AND a special surprise!)

We’ve discussed how difficult it is to write good dialogs. We’ve talked about avoiding dialog tags. We’ve talked about using “beats.” But have we really put that talk into action? Now we will. WARNING: THIS IS THE TOUGHEST FLASH FICTION CHALLENGE EVER Write a conversation between four characters. What, that’s it? Hey, it’s harder thanContinue reading “Announcing the TOUGHEST Flash Fiction Challenge Ever: 4-Way Dialog (AND a special surprise!)”


Look at this! How did this happen??? You are no doubt reading along enjoying today’s post, “20 Questions With Author Barbara Tarn” – as well you should be – and LOOK what’s also happening today (more or less). LOOK! What, you don’t see? Step closer to the glass, Clarice. Closer, please. Closer… What????? Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat??? We are almostContinue reading “YOU GUYYYYYS!!!!!!”

Yes, IT is coming…

Are you excited about tomorrow? I am. The kid has dance class, so I get to write, uninterrupted, for about three hours! No, dance class isn’t three hours. She’s five. Dance class is about 45 minutes. But between that and getting ready and driving there and shopping afterward and driving home, my wife and daughterContinue reading “Yes, IT is coming…”


A VERY special surprise is headed your way. Well… it’s headed here. Not today and not tomorrow, but SOON. I’m very excited about it. I hope you will be. I think you will. I hope so… If it were me, I’d check in Saturday, for sure. Unless I forget.  Then it could be a littleContinue reading “IT… IS COMING!”

Christmas Flash Fiction Challenge!

MERRY CHRISTMAS! This is your present, from me to you! It occurred to me that you will have some down time this week. Not today, necessarily, but in a few days. At which time you’ll check in and see we had a writing challenge that could brighten your writing day. And here it is. ForContinue reading “Christmas Flash Fiction Challenge!”

Cracking The Mystery Of “Goodreads For Authors,” Part Two: READERS

A Timely guest blog post by my friend, critique partner and fellow author CJ Andrews – Dan. Sunday afternoon Dan and I were chatting about his post on how authors can use Goodreads. As I rambled on about my thoughts on the topic, we (okay, Dan) realized that a lot of authors may struggle with thisContinue reading “Cracking The Mystery Of “Goodreads For Authors,” Part Two: READERS”