One-on-one mom time

I’ve been wanting to spend one-on-one time with my kids. They want it. They need it. And so do I. Every time I’ve done it in the past, though, it either 1) goes on FOREVER or 2) causes the other Read more…


Don’t edit as you write

When I was getting my undergrad degree, I minored in editing. Sitting in grammar classes or editing classes with all these other people, their consensus seemed to be: I can’t help but edit, and all those errors are SO ANNOYING. Read more…


Money Basics is published!

I chose this topic because, of all the needs I asked about, parents most often said they wished they knew how to teach their kids about money. Voila! I wrote the book on it. I based it on tons of Read more…


Writing words…adwords.

I’ve been working TONS lately. Evenings, naptimes, Saturdays. This week, we’re shipping the kids off to a friend’s house in the afternoons so I can work then, too. I do the back-end business stuff for our company, Jacob the Geek–accounting, Read more…


Soulmates, destiny, and writing

I don’t believe in soulmates. I think the idea is silly and dangerous. It means you don’t have to earn someone else’s love and respect. There’s no work involved; love just happens–at first sight. That’s a load of hash. Choice, Read more…


Save the Cat! Review

I just finished studying and enjoying Save the Cat! : the Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need by Blake Snyder. A Screenwriting Book for a Novelist Save the Cat! is ostensibly a screenwriting book and I am an aspiring novelist, not Read more…


Million word goal

That’s a lot of words. 1,000,000. I like the audacity of it. With my daily goal of 1,000 words, it’ll take about 3 years to reach it. I write in Scrivener, which has a handy word count target window I Read more…


Find time to do the things you love

Make it happen If you really want to do something, make it happen. You’ll have a million excuses why you can’t. You’ll have a million reasons to be pulled in a direction—any direction—away from what you love. Don’t let those Read more…


Before and after snapshots illustrating change in a character

I made great progress on my book yesterday. I realized what was not working in the story. Well, one of the things that is not working. My main character does not change. The Craft I’ve been reading Save the Cat! Read more…


Writing lessons from Ridley Scott’s A GOOD YEAR

A Good Year was one of the worst movies I’ve ever sat through. Apparently, you can learn a lot about storytelling from others’ storytelling mistakes. Keep your promises to the audience. The cover of the movie promised it was a Read more…