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Merry Christmas Eve! And to add a little spice to your evening, have a brand new ghost story: 'Til Dawn Comes Merry Christmas, all. See you in the New Year […] Read More

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(Note: Wow, did I ever lie to myself about how long it would take to finish editing True Magics. But it's done! And now, a blog post!) It’s the time when income slows down to a trickle and expenses are blooming like dandelions in a Kentucky Bluegrass lawn in spring and you wonder how in […] Read More

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Sometimes we have pieces that just don’t work.  At all.  I’ve got at least a half-dozen short stories and one novel that will never, ever see the light of day.  Ever. But how do you know when you’ve gotten to that point?  How do you know when your labour of love/hate is dead as a […] Read More

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I now have 10,000 twitter followers!  Joy! Excitement! Thrills! Sort of… Because it’s big shiny number and it looks impressive! No, seriously. I wrote here why I used follow-backs to gain followers. In short, it allows me to find people with similar interests and market to them. Cold blooded? Yes. Effective? Time will tell. If […] Read More

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I was hoping to make a joke about how I was trying to write about writer’s block and got writer’s block from attempting to write, and be all meta or something. (Is that meta? What is meta anyway? Is it meta to reference meta, or is it only meta when I reference myself referencing meta?) […] Read More

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(Also called "Building a Marketing Plan, part 1." I thought I should change the title to reflect what we’re talking about. I hear that helps people to know what they’re reading and, you know, find stuff on the internet.) Meanwhile: This is the fun part of the whole thing. Planning!  Figuring out every action you’re […] Read More

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This article does not deal with mental health issues. Mental health issues are a whole other kettle of fish.  If you think you suffer from a mental health issue, the Health Information Page on the CAMH website has good information. Read it and visit your doctor. If you are in crisis, if feel you want […] Read More

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Uhhh… good. Really good. Yeah. Things are going great right now.  I have 8,972 Twitter followers.  No problem. Excellent. Amazing in fact… Did I mention the 8,972 Twitter followers? All right, I’m not where I want to be, which brings us to the real point of this post: The biggest danger of a marketing plan […] Read More

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Many writers like writing groups. They find them helpful, useful, and companionable. They find people with common goals, common interests and a common desire to help each other succeed. I don’t. The first writing group I joined was led by two psychiatrists big into literary fiction and poetry.  I was writing a screenplay about a […] Read More

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Some posts are harder to write than others and this was one of them. I said last week, Facebook sucks for marketing, but that it was still worth it.  And then I spent a week struggling to figure out why. Because, I was thinking about it wrong. It’s like this: You don’t get to see […] Read More

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