Sunday, Sunday, Sunday! Write 4 a Day

Write 4 a Day Don’t you deserve at least one day to write? Write 4 a Day is a new series of monthly one-day writing retreats in upstate New York. While I shall be hosting the events, let me be clear that there is no workshop no agenda no required activities no assignments no schedule no…

Upcoming Appearances

° Meet the Authors: Frankie Bailey and K.A. Laity Nassau Free Library January 26, 2015 @ 6:00 pm Rescheduling due to snow Professor Frankie Bailey (UAlbany) and Professor K. A. Laity (College of St. Rose) will be visiting the library to talk about their published mystery books and will introduce Mavens of Mayhem, the local…

Habit: How to Keep Writing with a Full Time Job

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. Aristotle Happy new year! A lot of people are starting new changes today. Some will give up quickly, some will doggedly persist until some kind of change has been achieved. The primary difference is forming habits. We sometimes dismiss the…

Do You NaNo?

If you’re participating in the madness that is NaNoWriMo, you may find this little 60pp guide handy. Today only it’s free, so pick it up by clicking the picture — and good luck!

Writer Wednesday: After the Marathon

I’m heading down to London today for the first of two conferences with my pal Debi. It signals the end of my sabbatical and all the writing it has engendered. More importantly, it means I have to leave Dundee and those I love here, but I’m going to stick to talking about writing here (if…

NaNoWriMo Begins

If you have ever had any interest in writing, you have probably heard of NaNoWriMo, or [Inter]National Novel Writing Month. I haven’t actually done it before though I did take part in the Three Day Novel Writing contest and have actually written a novel in less than 10 days (which one? I’ll never tell). November…

What’s New, Pussycat?

A few new things to let you know about: HÁVAMÁL After an inadvertent break, my translations and commentary of verses from Hávamál have returned over at Pagan Square. September ended up being even more of a juggling act than I had anticipated, so I am glad to finally get back to the project. Bit by…

Writer Wednesday: Write by Hand

It happens eventually to every writer, that moment when you stare at the blank page or screen and nothing comes out of the brain even with knocking and/or poking with sharp sticks. There are all kinds of ways to kick the recalcitrant brain pan into action, but here’s a really simple one: Write by hand….

Writer Wednesday: Submit Your Work

Writing is important; just as important is exposing your work to light. The act of writing is an end in itself: it releases the natural creativity we all have. I always say that I never know how I feel about something until I’ve written about it. Writing organises your thought. But it need not be…