It’s an oldie, but a goodie: back in 2007, before iPhones, before Paranormal Activity, before Marble Hornets, the video diary of Louise Paxton caused quite a stir on YouTube.… Read more “Stuff I Think You’ll Like: Louise is Missing”
Here’s the replay of this morning’s Facebook Live, in which I discuss my writing obligations for this week and set myself a challenge. Featuring a cameo appearance… Read more “Monday Motivation”
Happy Monday! I did a short Facebook Live this morning in which I talk about my writing plans for the week (watch it below). Want this to… Read more “Monday Motivation (Video)”
So apparently you can embed Facebook live videos in WordPress. Who knew? (Probably everybody who isn’t me.) At any rate, here’s me reading my short story “Snack Machine”… Read more “Happy Halloween! Here’s a Story.”
I’ll be doing a live reading of my horror short story “Snack Machine” tomorrow (that’s Halloween day, 2017 in case you’re reading this post way in the… Read more “Join Me for Halloween Storytime!”
I hope y’all enjoy this book trailer for Kindred Spirits! And please feel free to share it far and wide. 😀
A couple of weeks ago, I finally got around to setting up my husband’s HD video camera and talking at it about the challenges of finding time… Read more “So I’m a YouTube vlogger now.”
There’s a reason I’ve always been so inconsistent with keeping up this blog. It’s because taking time to blog here makes me feel guilty. It’s not something I get paid to do, and it’s time I’m not spending working on my fiction. So in the hierarchy of things I spend my writing time/energy on, blogging always comes dead last, after paying work and fiction projects. Of course, once those priorities are out of the way, I often don’t have any time or energy left for writing a blog post (and when I do, my content marketing blog usually wins, since it exists to attract potential paying clients).
But what about building my author platform, building my audience and selling books? This week, Kristen Lamb’s Blog had a great post about the importance of blogging, which makes some excellent points, not the least of which is the importance of a well-kept blog in building your platform and connecting with your readers. She also talks about how blogging consistently helps train you to write through distractions, overcome perfectionism, and meet deadlines.
But the point that convinced me to stop putting my blog last is a truth that I knew already but had forgotten: blogging (at least, for me) serves as a fantastic writing warm-up to loosen the creative gears and get me into the necessary frame of mind. So instead of keeping on doing what I’ve been doing, which is sitting down to work on freelance writing and not allowing myself to blog until it’s done, and then continuing to sit for more than an hour and stare at the screen between checking Facebook while trying to psych myself up to actually write something, I’m going to try to start out my non-fiction writing sessions with a blog post to warm up. At least then I’ll actually be doing something productive with that time.
In other news, we took our Chihuahua, Pete, to the vet this week. He’s had six seizures this month (that we’re aware of), and he was due for blood work to check his thyroid. Because of the seizures, she (the vet) went ahead and did a full panel, and discovered that his liver enzymes are extremely elevated, which she things may be responsible for the seizures. So we’re treating that (poor dog’s taking more pills now than Matt and I combined) and hoping it will put a stop to the seizures, or at least slow them down.
Was he happy about going to the vet? Not at all:
Poor little guy. But at least he hasn’t had any seizures in the last few days.
I know I already mentioned that I’m on Patreon, but here’s a dorky video in which I and my frizzy, way-overdue-for-a-trim hair explain it in person. Dorkily.
Seriously, this took me like 10 takes and this was the best one. I am not made for the front of the camera.