So I’ve been trying to figure out how to write this post for blithering ages, because it needs to be said. No, before you worry, this isn’t me shutting this silly thing down. Rather, it’s an explanation for why I’ve been a bit wandery these past few months. Unfocused. Here and there. Don’t make that… Continue reading News that Impacts the Blog But Is Not About the Blog
. It’s a word with connotations, all of them bad. “I can’t stand your attitude” is the prelude to a barrage of personal failings that start and end with nothing good. This seems strange, because at first glance, “attitude” seems like a neutral word. But let’s examine the definitions that Merriam-Webster posts for it. Aha.… Continue reading The Pep-Squad Police and YOUR Attitude
Writers, put down those red pens, because I have bad news for you. We’ve all seen the lists of words to weed from your prose, phrases editors hate, little pet peeves that get on other writers’ nerves, and even those of a few readers. If you are a dutiful and Good™ writer, you went through… Continue reading Writing Is the Least Important Part of Your Book
It’s time for my annual Christmas gift suggestion post! Last year’s post “5 Christmas Gifts You Definitely Never Thought Of” was incredibly popular; more than one person commented that as a result they would be purchasing a nail gun for their significant other. Success! With that in mind, I have racked my brain for brilliant… Continue reading 5 MORE Christmas Gifts You Definitely Never Thought Of
I’m one of those authors who likes to write to music. Every book I write has a theme song, and beyond that, each character has their own special songs. More may be employed for writing certain scenes or locations, but those two things always exist above all. The overarching song for What Boys Are Made… Continue reading Music in Writing Part 1: What Boys Are Made Of
The name of this blog is “Under-Paid, Over-Enthused.” That started out as its tag-line, but really, that’s what this blog is an expression of. Me, bouncing off the walls with energy, talking about everything under the sun, for no other reason than to do it. Well over a year later, I’m still under-paid, but the… Continue reading The Writing I Haven’t Been Doing
In high school history class my senior year, we spent an intensive quarter learning about how the political system works. For the test at the end of it we had to compose a short essay on what steps we needed to take to win a gubernatorial race. In hindsight, I think we were just supposed to regurgitate… Continue reading So you don’t understand the US now? Well, I do.