Writer Yoga: See the World Through The Right Lens

In my first yoga teacher training that really touched on the philosophical underpinnings of yoga, one of the other trainees mentioned advice her stepfather, who had terminal cancer, had once given her. “We see the world through the lenses we CHOOSE to wear.” A simple statement, but one that has stuck with me ever since. It’s a great reminder about how our past history and experiences can color our outlook on life. In these days of political polarization, we see it all the time. People hold one opinion and use that to define everything else they see. It’s the difference …

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Story Cubes Challenge Entry: Into the Future

Two days to go before the first Story Cubes Challenge week ends and I’ve got my ficlet. Cubes: Hanging, yelling/shouting, pushing, thought bubble, padlock, turning, arrow/pointer, dancing, question mark Into The Future “Do I have to dance?” Dan frowned. “Because listening to music is fine. It’s just…” He tapped a calloused finger on the silhouette of the couple dancing on the poster sitting on the table. “I don’t dance.” “Don’t listen to him, Chris. He’s a great dancer.” Liz grinned, her smile wide across her face. “Better than Evan.” She smirked as her husband crossed his arms. “Hey,” Evan said. …

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Where Do You Write?

I find I do my best writing in coffee shops. Caffeine, enough going on that it’s not silent and a limitation on distractions. Writing on my iPad helps with the last of those — switching apps cuts down on the temptation for doing something else, especially compared to when there are multiple windows open on my desktop. My favorite coffee shop is open late, but it’s the latest of the three downtown ones to open in the morning and isn’t open Sundays. So Sunday mornings, I go to the other coffee shop I like. I’ve got a regular seat, best …

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Announcing Rory’s Story Cubes Challenge, Take 2

Today, David Masters and I were chatting on Twitter about Rory’s Story Cubes and he asked if the Story Cubes Challenge still was running. Well, it never really ran in the first place. Mark Bruno had the idea, I found his post and took up the challenge. But I’m not sure anybody but Mark and me ever tackled it. So today, I’m launching my own Story Cubes Challenge. Here’s the plan: Each Wednesday, I’ll post an image of nine Story Cubes, a mix of the original set and the Action cubes expansion pack. Between then and the following week’s post, …

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Wobbling Through Uncertainty

A few weeks ago, I sprained my foot after I tripped over my own two feet. It’s finally starting to feel close to normal, at least some of the time. The past several days have been unsettling as I’ve had to adjust to limited mobility and unstable balance. It’s pushed my yoga practice off the mat, and even that’s been limited. At first, I thought this would be a good excuse to put in some serious writing time. No classes at the gym, and going anywhere except work was more trouble than it was worth for the better part of …

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When Cross-Genre Becomes No Genre

I’m over at the IBC blog today with a guest post that looks at figuring out how to best position your book genre-wise for success. Or, more accurately, how not having a specific genre for your book makes it harder to get traction, at least based on my experiences with Thrown Out. Come on over and join the conversation in comments. And if you’re an indie author who hasn’t checked out the Indie Book Collective, it’s a great resource for indie authors at all stages of your careers.

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True Fans and Indie Publishing

Thanks to Twitter, today I stumbled on a 2008 post about True Fans — an example of the long tail of the Internet in action. The short version of the post is that artists don’t need to hit best-sellerdom to make a living — they just need 1,000 True Fans who will snap up their new work as soon as it comes out — every time. It’s an interesting concept, and one that makes some intuitive sense to me. It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Jesse Stern’s work. I’ll watch his post-NCIS projects because his NCIS work …

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Curious about part of Exeter?

I promise, I haven’t died. I’ve been juggling a few extra balls the past several weeks and one of the side effects has been a lack of blogging. I’ve got one particular aspect that should play itself out in the next week or 10 days, and then I’ll be back to regular blogging, though probably not daily blogging. In the meantime, several of my fanfic friends have an Unwritten Stories meme going on Live Journal. The idea is you post a prompt for a story I haven’t written yet, and I’ll post one to three (in theory) sentences from it. …

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