New Year- New Me?

Nope, same old me. Sorry y’all. I don’t think I’ve ever been one to think that an extra number of the calendar meant I was going to totally reinvent myself. I just want to try harder on the things that I’m already doing. Not very revolutionary, but that’s ok. Change takes time and all the things I want to do won’t shake out in one calendar year.

But it can be a great start.

Here’s one thing I did. My new logo! What do you think? It’s featured on my newsletter and it’ll pop up in different places this year.

One thing I’ve been doing a lot of is just thinking about what I want out of my writing life. Out of this life, period. Puzzling things through and wondering what I was going to do. Where is my writing headed? Is the direction I’m going the path I’m intended?

Am I ever going to write on that blog again?

I started figuring some things out.

And then the bomb dropped in Honolulu. Or rather, it didn’t drop. And I got to thinking, probably too much about life and living it. And what I’m looking for out of this life. It’s so short. I think I needed that reminder. I don’t have the time to waste.

I’ve neglected you for far too long on this blog. I’m going to be visiting you much more often. I also have a newsletter that goes out every twice a month. Maybe more if something amazing is happening. I’m starting a serial short story on there. If you’d like to get regular updates from me and read a not-so cozy mystery, then sign up.

But I wanted to go further into it. So…

Here’s what I thought about with my writing:

And here’s my thoughts on my bookish goals:

What are you doing for your 2018? Look out y’all, I’ve knocked the cobwebs off of here, so you’ll be seeing a whole lot more of me.

Sidenote: I was interviewed by Burgess Taylor about all sort of writerly goodness. And I did a written interview with Julie Reeser on her blog Persephone Knits.

Also, this Thursday on my channel at 7 p.m. EST, I’m going to host a write-in. I’ll be livestreaming and writing, so if you want to chat and get some work done, come see me!

Aloha y’all! 

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Political Correctness in my writing?

reate few pAloha everyone! Let me go ahead and dust all of the cobwebs up in here.

Sorry little buddy...I'll get those for ya.

Sorry little buddy…I’ll get those for ya.

Today we’re going to talk about being politically correct in writing. Have you noticed the trend to curtail people and what they write, in fear of marginalizing people or making them feel uncomfortable? Today I decided I would discuss what I think about being politically correct in my work and a few possible lasting effects for not being PC. Of course most of this in a video. That seems to be my main means of communicating information these days. You know, other than the book. The book. Blood Roses and Honeysuckles. Remember that? The editor and the betas will be getting their copies this weekend. Also, the cover is being created as we speak. Crazily enough…we’re getting closer to a finished produced. Yikes. I’ll give you more info as we get closer. Of course, I tell my newsletter peeps things way earlier. If you want to join up, click here and fill out the form. You’ll get a letter once or twice a month.

But back to the video about being PC in my writing.

What’s your take on it? Let me know down in the comments.

Aloha y’all!

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Giant AuthorTube Collaboration

Hey everyone!

I’ve been doing the most, as per usual. New freelance positions, getting further along on the Blood Roses and Honeysuckles edits, meeting new writers, and of course, flying out here to West Virginia! It’s that time of year when we travel (for far too long) to the mainland and remind our family and friends that we exist. I like to think they enjoy the experience as much as we do.

In addition to that, of course, #writestuff is still a thing. Join us every Tuesday at 9 p.m. EDT on the Twitterverse. You can follow me @penpaperpad. We chat about different aspects of writing. It’s nice to take a break, commiserate with each other, and learn. It’s all part of growth and you get to hangout with cool writers.

Speaking of cool writers…

Another project I’ve gotten involved in is AuthorTube. This is a fairly new writing community on YouTube. We’re a bunch of writers who make videos about writing, our projects, books, and other related. I don’t know how often you’ve tried to find writers on YouTube, but it’s pretty difficult. #authortube and #writetube are two keywords to try to find them, just fyi.

Each of us is hosting a question on our channels and some of us answered that question. My question is- What is the hardest part of the writing process. I had a lot of fun answering the question and editing together this video. Do check it out and subscribe if you haven’t already. Let me know in the comments- What do you think is the hardest part about writing?

Aloha y’all! 

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