unexpected blessings

This afternoon, I was surprised to find a refund check from the IRS. Surprised, because I owed taxes this year — as a self-employed professional, I owe taxes every year. So why have I been issued a tax refund? As I am (still) sitting on-hold with the IRS telephone system — 38 minutes and counting […]

Continue reading

struggling with rewrites

(From my Thoughtful Thursdays series on the Oregon News Incubator blog…) I’ve seen a lot of blog posts lately about getting started with a first draft, of pretty much anything. A novel, a poem, an essay. I’ve even written a couple of those posts myself when I’ve appeared as a guest on other blogs as […]

Continue reading

of “Thor” and “Valhalla”… and next steps

We did go to see “Thor” on opening night. Even when there’s a movie I really want to see, I usually stay away during opening weekend, to avoid the crowds. But given the overlap in mythology between “Thor” and my book, “Valhalla,” I knew I had to get into a theater as soon as I […]

Continue reading

guerrilla marketing

In my guest post for Ripping Ozzie Reads a few days back, I mentioned some creative marketing strategies that indie authors and others can use to promote their work. The other night, Mike accompanied me to a social hour hosted by the Portland chapter of Media Bistro at the Irving Street Kitchen. While I chatted […]

Continue reading

the Valhalla blog tour

One of the things that appeals most to me about publishing these days — whether you go the traditional or indie route — is the opportunity to do a virtual book tour online. I’m not a complete shut-in and I don’t have any trouble being friendly, but I’m one of those introverts who tires easily […]

Continue reading

the importance of reader comments

I’ve been getting the best emails and Facebook messages about “Valhalla” these past few days. For example, one reader — okay, it was my mother — described “Valhalla” as an “opus” and “heroic tale” that is full of action, laughter and fun. Another reader (not related to me) posted to Facebook that the story “grabs […]

Continue reading