Time never seems to be on a writer’s side. Let’s change that.
If you write, you’re probably well acquainted with carefully defining writing time in your schedule. Writers often go to great lengths to find time to work on their craft. But many writers are also familiar with the feeling of finally sitting down to write, only to waste hours not knowing what to write about or where to start.
Maybe you wake up early. Or stay up late. But instead of churning out words, you stare at the blank page.
If you’re like me, you start getting frustrated trying…
My daughter can often be found with piles of books around her. There’s always one within reach.
At just over a year old, she explores more than a dozen books per day, sometimes alone and sometimes with us, her parents.
So how did we do it? It wasn’t as difficult as you might think.
“The nurturing and one-on-one attention from parents during reading aloud encourages children to form a positive association with books and reading later in life.” — Reach Out and Read, Archives of Disease in Childhood, Reading Aloud to Children: The Evidence.
When I was growing up, people…
People with English majors are often laughed at. Trust me, I’ve been there. We’re asked what we plan to do with our lives and why we’d waste so much money on an impractical area of study.
An English degree can even be found on the list for some of the worst majors to get. Unless you want to teach, what’s the point, right?
But when I told people where I worked, they often asked a different question. …
Basketball camps were a staple of my summers while growing up. But there’s one day that often stands out. There were so many amazing life lessons learned in just a few minutes with Dave Hopla.
On that day, I was 11 years old. We were told we had a special guest and to sit around one of the hoops. So I sat cross legged just beyond the three…
The online blogging world is extraordinarily crowded. There are over 500 million blogs in the world. How can you compete? How can you carve out your own space?
If you’re a writer, you’re always in constant search of an audience. A group of strangers who will enjoy your work so much they’ll come back and support you again and again. No, I’m not talking about those Facebook groups that promise to like and comment if you’ll do the same for them.
I started a website a few months ago. It’s been a slow process, but it’s getting better every week…
Okay, hang with me here. I’m going to start out with some self-pity. But I promise it swings up pretty quickly.
And stick around because I’m going to issue a challenge that could make a difference in your life as it has in mine.
On Sunday, I took a much-needed walk with my daughter and our dog. It didn’t go as planned.
…regular walking was linked to a 7 percent reduced risk of high blood pressure and high cholesterol. — Consumer Reports
It was colder than I thought it was going to be. Windier, too.
Oh, and there was this…
Even if you don’t know Neil Gaiman, you know his stories. He’s everywhere. He’s permeated much of the science fiction/fantasy world.
I’ll give you an example: You’ve probably heard of the Fox television show Lucifer (5 seasons. 75 episodes). Yeah, it’s based on Neil Gaiman’s character in his Sandman series.
Stardust? Him. Coraline? Yep. Good Omens? You bet.
He’s written episodes for Doctor Who and voiced himself on The Simpsons.
He even had a cameo on Big Bang Theory (more than once). For fiction writers, especially those in the fantasy genre, Gaiman is a full-fledged celebrity.
The list of his…