I found myself in the early evening hours of the last Friday the 13th just smiling, apparently for no reason whatsoever. And then I remembered – I’ve just finished planning not one, but two ukulele-related acts for a sci-fi con, something I’ve been looking forward to and dreading for the past few years. I’ve been […]Read More 9 Reasons to Stop, Drop & Ukulele
Getting ready for NaNoWriMo 2019, I’ve made the dubious decision of opening the “Noveling Backup” folder in my Drive, and I’ve even started reading an unfinished novel from 2011 I couldn’t remember almost anything about, other than the MC’s name (it’s one of the better ones from my writing past, duh). At the exact same […]Read More Noveling Archives And What (Not) To Do With Them
Self-editing, n. Hitting the keyboard with your head, repeatedly, until one of you gives in. During the Great Edits of the Second Werewolf Novel in 2019, I’ve discovered several things. Obstacles. Issues. #1 I migh be passable as a writer (the jury’s still out), but I’m absolutely horrible as a continuity person. Earlier today I had […]Read More 8 Weird(ish) Issues With Self-Editing
You don’t have to be a superperson. Nor a fast typist. Nor a ‘professional’ writer, whatever that even means…Read More The Importance of Reaching 40 (k words)
#1 Read something else. From what I see, a great number of writers have the issue that, when faced with a tasty looking book by another writer, we would rather spend some time (preferably hours) with that person’s characters and plots, than play around our own. Even though there’s literally no way for one to […]Read More 6 Creative Ways to Avoid Writing
Must have bullets! Must have bullets! Must have… argh, no. I’m writing this on a bleary Friday morning from my favourite couch in Rijeka, Croatia. It’s the second-to-last day on the week in the year when I tend to get overworked the most (a children’s books festival – fun times). My left knee is out […]Read More Third Book is a Go!
I’m almost a full week into my first ever sequel (if you don’t count short story cycles – I first did those in primary school), and I’m kinda sorta actually getting hopeful and having fun? The trick is – I’m writing it for the second time. I’ve had a few thousand words written in it […]Read More From Enemies to Lovers: a Sequel Story in 6 Acts
Since I’ve put the blog on hiatus for an innumerable amount of months (can you even use that phrase in this manner?), do excuse me for having forgotten how to write a blog post altogether and do enjoy yet another listicle composed of deeply personal impressions which may have nothing to do with the real […]Read More Awards, Deadlines and Cosplay, Oh My!
Having finally accepted that I’m what you could call a published author, here are a few things I’ve learned over the past year of running around the country with a few brand new books and one ukulele. #1 It’s all about the team. Even though I’m writing about werewolves, and lone wolves are something of […]Read More 6 Lessons I’ve Learned From the First 6 Book Signings of My Life
Thirty years used to be more than a lifetime a few centuries ago – but it still sure feels like one today. Partially to honor some great people whose birthday life lessons I’ve loved reading in the past few years, and partially to add to the circus that my birthday weekend’s become this year, here […]Read More 30 Things I’ve Learned in 30 Years So Far