A long, strange January

A long, strange January

It’s been a long, odd month.

I’m still stuck in editing hell with The Nameless Knight, but I’m working on it. The cover is done, so the only thing left to do is get the book finished and out to the copyeditor.

I’ve started a new job, and some of my time is being hosed by that, obviously. It’s good for me though. Makes me feel better, being back at code.

The Importance of Tea

This has nothing to do with bookbinding or swordfighting or writing, I know, but frankly I like to indulge myself sometimes. It’s 9am, I’m sleep-deprived, and right now the cause of that is only seven months old, and snoozing in bed and getting the shut-eye that I so desperately need, so ya know what – I’m going to write about tea.

Because tea is important, people. Especially if you’re Irish.

Mailing List Shenanigans

Mailing List Shenanigans

Okay, I’ll be honest – I have almost no mailing list subscribers yet. That bums me out somewhat, but I’m still trying to figure this stuff out, so I won’t beat myself up too much.

And then my mailing list plugin went kablooey. As in, not working anymore. Screwed up. No longer fit for purpose.

New WordPress Theme, Woo! Also, News.

New WordPress Theme, Woo! Also, News.

I think we’ve established by now that I change my website about as often as I change my clothes.

Something just happens to me, and I end up hating whatever my current theme looks like, and then it’s off to the WordPress Theme Directory to pick through eleventy million different and usually horrible looking business themes.

Then I give up, grab one at random, make it look somewhat serviceable, and then stick with it until something else comes along.

I’m a flawed character, is what I’m saying.

Defeating Procrastination

My author friends, let us talk about procrastination.

We are all guilty of this. We sit down to write, and suddenly the laundry waiting to be done looks inviting, or we get the urge to vacuum all the things. It is our nemesis! And a wily foe it is, ever creeping into our brains and diverting us from our appointed storytelling tasks.

Long have I struggled with this, friends. Long have I fought this demon, and traded victories with it. Every day the fight begins anew… but I have found effective strategies to combat this menace, and today, I share them with you. Take careful note, and know that you must always play to your own strengths to defeat the procrastination monster.

Writer’s Week

Emily Suess is running Writer’s Week, an event where writers can come out of the woodwork and get lots of information and other fun stuff from various publishing professionals. I’ll be contributing a guest post this Friday on covers, and I designed the cover for the short story, called ‘Ten Mississippi’. This story is being sold to in aid of the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, so do consider picking up a copy.

(The story itself was written in a round robin style by me and three other authors, and edited by Emily. I’m very glad for the opportunity to help out.)

Keep an eye out for more info this week.