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Happy Aussie Day

It's Australia Day here for me, but it's all over bar the shouting in Australia. Hope the fireworks were good! Cheers, . Get the news that no one else does. Sign up for my newsletter. For a short while, you get a bundle of ebooks, free, when you sign up, as a Starter

2017-01-19T13:36:38+00:00 Tags: , |

The GOOD Things About 2016

I thought the passing of Carrie Fisher was really the topper of the year, but no -- her mother, Debbie Reynolds, passed the very next day. Well before Carrie Fisher's death, people were already saying what a horrible year 2016 had been for unexpected deaths of celebrities, unexpected political outcomes, depressed sales, and much more.  My

2016-12-29T16:41:38+00:00 Tags: , , , , |

Merry Christmas

27 May 2004, Alberta, Canada --- Glowing Christmas Tree in Snow --- Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis There are many images of trees in snow out there, but I particularly like this one because it was taken in my home province of Alberta. For those of you celebrating Christmas, I offer yuletide greetings. For

2016-12-23T13:34:05+00:00 Tags: , |

Keeping up with Yesterday

Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday. Don Marquis Writers are supposed to be creative, and love the act of writing stories. Yet writers as a whole have the worst time in the world putting butt in chair and actually writing. The excuses we come up with to avoid writing are as creative

2016-12-12T14:40:19+00:00 Tags: , |

Not The End.

For four years, I have been writing a monthly indie publishing column over at Night Owl Reviews. On December 1, 2016, I published the last column there, called "Not the END".  There were a number of reasons I halted the column there (although it is always possible someone else will pick it up and take

Indie IS a Business.

Through an unusual set of coincidences and associations, I recently found myself watching a live-streamed international conference for indie authors, as they hosted a variety of panels on different aspects of indie publishing. There was a lot of what I considered to be mealy-mouthed advice handed out, none of it particularly harmful, but guaranteed to

2016-11-23T14:14:09+00:00 Tags: , , |

Save Your Reputation

The other day I explained to readers about how I had deeply embarrassed myself without realizing it.  I spent several hours making amends. It's not just readers who were affected by this blind spot of mine.  I also probably offended a dozen different authors and industry people, who likely rolled their eyes at my "I

2016-11-19T09:47:20+00:00 Tags: , , , |

…and I’m back!

  I had no idea I was going to be out for the count this long.  I haven't been sick all this time (thank heavens!) - but things slid while I was out and it took a while to catch up. Part of the squeeze to catch up came because right now I'm in the

2016-11-14T13:28:49+00:00 Tags: |