Making Money Mondays and Uncle Sam

Top Ten Tax Tips

Do all or some, but always number one and number two. And for all you giggling 8 year olds … yes I said number one and number two.

Save every meal receipt (if it pertains to writing) for every meal at every event, every con, and on the road before and in between and after. On receipt document date, time, total, and who you were with. A lot of receipt ink no longer lasts. Faded receipts are useless. If you count off your clothing as a tax deduction, make sure the clothing is worn only at what counts as work. Con costumes, con clothing, con shoes, have their own place in the closet. If I use it in everyday life, it doesn’t go in Con clothes and I don’t count it off. Count gas or mileage. Keep receipts (ditto on ink problems) or good records. If […]

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Faith Screwed Up

And yes, I can look at the title and see the play on words. But what happened was — the Hubs took me on an unplanned 4 day, 3 night trip to the mountains, so nothing (NOTHING) got done. Why? I was spazzing out about the release tomorrow. BLOOD OF THE EARTH lands Tuesday.

I was in a nail biting ruin. I needed rest. Hence the vaca and the total dropping of the ball on today’s post and the blog at my own site, and …. yeah. Faith Screwed Up. But I’m glad I waited.

Because, um, this at B&N.

Yeah. Number two. No–it never happened before. No–I didn’t expect it. No–I never expected Nell to create this much excitement. (Yes–that’s a confession.) Yes–my tummy aches. I don’t really chew my nails. But I may not sleep.

Making Money Mondays is about making money in the field of writing. Despite […]

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The Magic of Elsewhere

Sometimes, I think my writing life echoes the Dr. Seuss book “Green Eggs and Ham.”

Would you write it on a train? Would you write it on a plane?

Would you write it in a car? Would you write it near and far?

I can write it here or there. I can write it anywhere!

I’ve written book chapters and short stories just about everywhere. A big chunk of Deadly Curiosities was written on a cruise ship in the Mediterranean. Most of the time, it’s not nearly that sexy. A lot of times, I can picture the hotel room where I wrote a story or chapter whenever I re-read it. Which means that a lot of my stuff reminds me of Hampton Inns.

I wrote the short story No Reprieve at my vendor table at last year’s Origins. I wrote my alternative Sherlock Holms story for Baker Street Irregulars […]

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Who Am I?

Late last week, I received the edits for a short story I wrote for an upcoming anthology. The editor began by apologizing for it taking so long, and said, “I tried to concentrate on the stories that looked like they need the most editing first. So I guess the delay is a good sign.” Sounds like a compliment, yes? That’s because it is. So you’d probably laugh at me when I say that my first thought was He’s just saying that because I’m friends with the editor who invited me to write for the project.

Which is stupid. But that’s what imposter syndrome makes you do – think stupidly.

Diana Pharoah Francis talked last week about Imposter Syndrome, and how crippling it can be. When I sold Mad Kestrel, every time I got an email from my editor about this rewrite or that suggestion, there was a tiny voice in […]

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Striking off in a New Direction

For awhile now, I’ve been reading a lot of non-magical romantic suspense and watching a whole lot of true crime on the ID channel. I used to watch HGTV a lot, but lately, it’s all true crime for me. I’ve been reading Laura Griffin‘s books, as well as Linda Howard, Pamela Claire‘s I-team books, and Linda Castillo, among others. I’ve never thought myself capable of writing a mystery or a suspense novel. I figured my plots would be way too obvious. But lately I’ve found myself thinking in terms of characters and plots and I’m taking notes on a romantic suspense novel and have even written a bit of the opening. If you’re curious, check out this post, and keep in mind, the writing is very rough.

You might ask why I’m switching genres. Well, I’m not. I love fantasy and I have no plans to leave it. But I […]

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When Life Gets In The Way – And It Will

We are writers. No matter what we write, we are writing about life, about living, about the things that matter to us, about the pain and joy and music and poetry of living. We are writing about the insecurity and excitement of romance, a mystery that needs to be solved, a life decision that needs to be made, a loss that has been suffered, a battle or war that needs to be fought.

We write, and as we write, we incorporate and use every good and wonderful and easy thing that has happened to us, as well as every difficult and painful and dreadful thing that has happened to us in the past. All that we are, all that we have survived, is part of our characters and our plotlines and the landscapes of our writing. The feel of water from a cold shower can be interpreted and twisted into […]

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I Don’t Know What To Say

I’m having one of those days, in which I know I’m supposed to come up with something brilliant (or wise, or maybe at the very least amusing) for everyone to read here today. I’ve got nothing. I’m writing a short story that’s due in about 15 days, and I spent the weekend prepping panel choices for the writer guests for ConCarolinas (are you coming? We’d love to see you there!) I had two editorial Skype meetings for an as-yet-unnamed super-secret project. I’ve brainstormed a choreography for an upcoming belly dance show in the fall and gathered bags and boxes full of unnecessary possessions that I’m going to sell at my parents’ yard sale this weekend.

Is it any wonder I’m blanking on what to write today?

******** I was a guest at Anachrocon back in February. It’s a charming Steampunk con in the wilds of Atlanta GA. The panels I […]

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