In Defense of Shameless Self Promotion

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I have recently had an epiphany. It’s fairly common knowledge that, along with being an author, I perform a storytelling show at Renaissance faires and other such events. It’s been a rough year for me performing the show. I’ve had to deal with snow, jugglers setting up an unscheduled show right next to my stage […]

Dear Convention Organizers

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As I’m beginning my fifth year as an up-and-coming professional writer attending conventions, I’ve made a few observations. This post isn’t targeted at any one convention, but rather, it addresses something I’ve noticed about convention culture as a whole. Some cons are way, way better about this than others. So, without further ado, let’s jump […]

Calling a Spade a Spade Part 2

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A couple of years ago, I wrote a blog post in response to a conversation I’d had with some friends regarding the terminology and categorization of people who commit despicable acts upon their fellow human beings. If you’d like to read that post, it’s titled: Calling a Spade a Spade. I don’t often get involved […]

eBook Piracy: Hard Numbers

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I originally wrote this post on Monday. I’ve been considering whether or not to post it since, because I share some pretty detailed information about my income as a writer. After making sure I’ve had time to cool down and stop seething from Monday, I’ve decided that I do want to share this with people. […]

Keep Your Petition Away From Our Art

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THIS RANT HAS SPOILERS FOR TOY STORY 3 AND POTENTIAL SPOILERS FOR HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 3. I just saw that has a petition going trying to affect the end of the How to Train Your Dragon movies. The point of the petition is to have DreamWorks studios keep Hiccup and Toothless together at the end […]

The Bottom Line of Publishing vs Amazon vs Authors

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I’ve been holding off on chiming in on the Amazon vs. the entirety of the publishing world for a while now. Heck, I didn’t plan on actually saying anything about it publicly. That all changed last Friday evening while I was sitting on the Self-Publishing Panel at American River College’s annual creative writing weekend. When we opened things […]

My Biggest Writing Pet Peeve

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Yesterday I posted the following to all of my various social media: “Awww man… A book I’ve been looking forward to starts with one of my biggest pet peeves in writing.” People have been asking me about it ever since, so rather than post explanations to a bunch of different places, I decided to put it […]