Last week, I was listening to Jason Mraz on Spotify, and a live song from a Spotify Session--a stripped-down gig that often includes musicians' musings--came up at the end of "Love Someone." The host asked Mraz, what would he say to an aspiring artist who … Continue reading Jason Mraz on success: ‘Just play’
One month ago today, it was my last day at my full-time, 8-to-5, go-into-an-office-and-feel-like-everything-I-do-is-being-watched job. My last day of a steady paycheck, of benefits, of being on my own insurance. This is how that month has gone: Abso-frickin-lutely amazing. It's been eye-opening, too. I knew … Continue reading One month of freelancing full-time=Best. Month. Ever.
"If you don't have time to read, you don't have time to write. Simple as that." ~Stephen King, "On Writing" When I started writing long form, I saw a change in myself as a reader. Always someone who cared most about a book's plot, I … Continue reading Books for writers, part II: The fiction list
My August goal will be to get my third manuscript out to agents. It's currently with two readers who are giving it a final read to check for things like, "When I changed that character's name, did I catch all the old references?" and "Did … Continue reading Books for writers, part I: These are some that helped me
Ten years ago today, I made the best decision I've ever made. And I don't even think it was that hard, though it should have been. Moves are hard anyway, but when the U-Haul is taking all your stuff to a different state, job, and … Continue reading Moving to the Midwest–from the Midwest (I can’t escape)
An avid reader, I adore recommending books to others, but I don't love reading book reviews. It's in part because I love going into a story--book or movie, no matter--blindly. I love knowing as little as possible and discovering each step as it happens on … Continue reading ‘The Temptation to be Happy’–a review (sort of)
As I'm feeling light-hearted and excited and so blissed out, I'm going to do something that might be kind of dumb. Or maybe it's kind of smart. (Can it be both?) The next prompt I want to tackle in "The Gig Economy" is about failure. … Continue reading My biggest fear about freelancing