Why #HoldOnToTheLight Matters


You’ve heard the story about the boy throwing starfish back into the ocean at low tide. A man chides him that the boy can’t save them all, and what difference does such a futile gesture make? “It makes a difference to this one,” the boy replies, tossing another starfish into the sea.

Light one candle. Scare away the dark. Use your voice every time they try to shut your mouth.

The power of one. Refusing to go gently into the dark night.

Defiance is one of the human race’s better attributes.

#HoldOnToTheLight is about throwing starfish and lighting candles. And giving a one-finger salute to the darkness.

As my friend John Hartness likes to say, there is ‘famous’ and then there’s ‘writer famous’. ‘Writer famous’ is when you walk into a con and people recognize you. ‘Famous’ is when you walk into a Starbucks anywhere in the world […]

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Making Money Mondays – Cultivating True Fans Through Patreon

I’ve been talking about this concept of True Fans for a while now, and if you’re tired of reading about it, just hang out for a bit, there’ll be new content tomorrow at the latest. Because this is important stuff, especially for someone who wants to make a living as a writer. I often say that I’m nowhere near the best writer out of any group of my friends, but I’m pretty successful. I measure that success in whether or not the bills get paid, because this is how I feed my family. I no longer have a day job, and at this point I’ve worked for myself for too long and I’m pretty much unfit for any other work environment, so I’d better make this work. So I’m not going to try to teach you how to write. There are lots of people on this site who are better […]

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