adventures with an iPad: Evernote and author readings

Several weeks ago, I blogged about frustrations with the cloud and email. I’d like to report that I have significantly reduced the number of messages in my inbox?now hovering just below 1200, so there’s still some work to do there. I have experimented with archiving older email messages and entire folders to Evernote, an app […]

Continue reading

self-publishing: choose your path

Self-publishing isn’t for everyone?and not every self-publishing option is “one-size fits all.” I read a great post by Anne Trubek this morning about the path that she took into self-publishing her essay and photography collection, Rust Belt Chic: The Cleveland Anthology, and about the upfront costs involved in the route that she chose. This sparked […]

Continue reading

finding your passion

I hear a lot of aspiring authors and journalists talk about how writing is their passion. Yet these are often the same people who don’t write as much as they’d like to (or think they should). I’ve been wondering about that disconnect. I suppose I look at writing as more of a tool or a […]

Continue reading

you know more than you think

Last night, I participated in an event at the Tigard Public Library that was organized by the Northwest Independent Writers Association (NIWA). Essentially a bunch of us writers showed up to sit at tables scattered around the community events room, and people with questions about writing and publishing could sit down with us individually to […]

Continue reading

productivity tools (inbox angst)

Today’s post is more a request for your ideas than a sharing of my own wisdom. I’ve already blogged about the tools I like to use for writing and productivity?Scrivener, Pages, Dropbox, Elements, etc.?but now I’m trying to get my email under control. I don’t want to tell you how many email folders I have […]

Continue reading

the power of myth, and research

A lot of people ask me where I got the idea for the Valhalla series. Old Norse gods living in Portland, having to live ordinary lives and work regular jobs while secretly protecting the world as we know it? That came from a simple, musing thought I had one day while out running errands: Wouldn’t […]

Continue reading

storytelling roots

The other day, I was reading a book that stated that most adults don’t know what their own interests are?we’re too wrapped up in work, in taking care of and pleasing other people and the like to actually pay attention to what nurtures our own sense of adventure and fun. Look to favorite childhood memories […]

Continue reading