"There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island." - Walt Disney

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Editor Stella Riley

It's September and fall is only a few weeks away! Today also marks the release of a new Southern Writer's magazine issue.

In this issue, I talk with editor Stella Riley. I first met her at a writers conference last year, and absolutely enjoyed talking with her. Originally from Greece, Stella has a fresh outlook on the industry, and an open willingness to help authors reach their full potential on each project. 

To learn more about this magazine or to order a copy, please visit: http://www.southernwritersmagazine.com/

How are your manuscripts or other projects coming along? Are you reading any great books or magazines?

Friday, August 29, 2014

Reboot Your Life!

Look what finally arrived today! My story "Family of Rejects" appears in this Chicken Soup for the Soul: Reboot Your Life edition. The official release is set for September 16, 2014.

The truth is... "We all fall into ruts at times, with our jobs, our relationships, our lives. This anthology is a collection of 101 personal stories of change. They are meant to inspire, invigorate, and empower you to break out of your own rut. With its powerful stories of taking chances, positive life changes, and finding new paths to happiness, you will be inspired to find the courage to reboot your own life! I hope they will motivate you to find your own new path to happiness."

You can already order this title from most major retailers. If you wish to buy a copy directly from me, simply send me a PM.

Interested in submitting your own stories for publication in future Chicken Soup titles? Keep an eye on their Possible Book Topics page.


I hope you all enjoy a safe and happy holiday weekend!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Bipolar Writing

Ever feel like your emotions, drive, and success are spinning out of control on a crazy carousel? You want to vomit one minute, curl into a ball and cry the next, then fly high with a new idea - only to repeat the process the next day or week? Welcome to the creatives disorder.

This form of intensive highs, then helpless anticipation followed by drowning depression is quite common among artistic types. The recent tragic death of Robin Williams is only one example of thousands if not millions. Do you want to learn how to control those feelings instead of allowing them to control you?

Learn what to expect, and how to connect with others like you. Try reading this great article by James Scott Bell. He provides solid research, some good examples, and positive thoughts on the subject.

If you're suffering from long term depression seek help from your doctors, and connect with others experiencing the same. If you have a hard time facing someone and discussing your feelings, connect through an online site such as http://beingpositivewithadepressivesoul.blogspot.com/

Life's ups and downs are constantly interrupting our goals. Some circumstances knock us down longer than others. Take control and move past those interruptions to regain your focus and drive.

Curious how I've dealt with similar situations? Try one of my articles belowI pray you can all find happiness and contentment. Let me hear from you. How do you take back control?

Starter Kit for Writers
To Write or Not to Write
7 Common Fears and Advice for Writers
Curing Blogging Blahs
20 Quotes of Inspiration
More Quotes
7 Tips for Overcoming Writers Block
Never Give Up
10 Tips for a Better Writing Environment
5 Keys to Unleashing Your Imagination
Writing Through Adversity
Title Tricks
The Art of Chaos
Zen Writing
The Empty Pages
Creativity Chips and Four Other Exercises
Inspiring Authors
Interview Exercise
Jung, Carl
Loglines
Universal Themes and Concepts
Rejection Infection
Inspiring Daily Rituals
Status Seekers vs Storytellers
Fresh or Frazzled
To Whom Shall I Tell My Grief
Holiday Writer

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Robin Williams - dead at 63

"We don't read and write poetry because it's cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. Medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits, and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman: 'O me, o life of the questions of these recurring, of the endless trains of the faithless, of cities filled with the foolish. What good amid these, o me, o life?' Answer: that you are here. That life exists, and identity. That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?" - Robin Williams in Dead Poets Society

Captain, you will be missed. Thank you for the beautiful verses that you contributed!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Page & Screen Weekend

Barnes & Noble is having a "Page & Screen" weekend August 9-10. They will host giveaways, prizes, free posters and more.


Check your local store for activity & event details because supplies are limited!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Fixing...



I'm in that place where I've spent so much time editing a piece, I wonder if it's even the same thing I started with, if it can be fixed, or if it should just slither into the trash to die. Break time...

How is your WIP coming along?