So I'm working on a novella where the worldbuilding involves a complex system of barter. My main character is told, “People who don’t haggle might come off like a sucker. No one respects a sucker.” I don't know about you, but I hate haggling. I want the price to be the price, and to pay … Continue reading A valuable lesson
Wouldn't it be great if building the habits you wanted was as easy as brushing your teeth? I can't imagine going to bed without doing it, and in fact I'd get out of bed and do it if I forgot. Because, yuck. But other things I'd like to do just sail past, and before I … Continue reading Habits – Breaking or Making
So I was futzing around with Adobe Bridge today. It's the least glamorous of all the Creative Suite, basically a way to view and organize files. But many years ago I realized it had some secret powers I could use to optimize my day job workflow. Back then I had a bunch of scanned documents … Continue reading All Hail the Space Bar
Confession time: I have a thing for Jughead. Not comic book Jughead, but the angry loner character in Riverdale, one of the latest TV series I've inhaled. Generally, if someone says, “Archie comics reboot,” my interest would not be piqued. However, I also heard, “It’s really dark,” and I had to check it out. I … Continue reading
I've been having some luck lately with dictation software. Does it give me those 5- and 10,000 word days other authors seem to get from it? No. And the problem isn't with the software--it's that I simply don't think that quickly. Frankly, my prose is cleaner when I sit down at the keyboard and type. … Continue reading Speaking of which…
Back when I worked at the library, we always got a kick out of the "organize your life" type books that were returned grossly late. But I spotted Grit by Angela Duckworth at my new local library and was determined that would NOT be me! (There's even three weeks left on my borrowing period. Shh...I … Continue reading Passion and Perseverance
The old saw goes that you shouldn't judge a book by its cover. (I do this all the time anyway.) But what about judging a TV show by its title? I did not even pause to see who was starring in the show Schitt's Creek because I thought the title was juvenile. But a friend … Continue reading Don’t judge a ___ by its ___?