SSWS 2020 Wisdom: Professionalism

Kevin J Anderson and Rebecca Moesta presented information on how to behave as a professional. I covered some of what they said on appearance elsewhere. Here’s what they have to say about how to behave to be accepted as a professional. Be happy for other people even when they get a job you wanted. Others…

Before Selling Books…

I’m reading Lee French and Jeffrey Cook’s Working the Table: An Indie Author’s Guide to Conventions. I’m reading it partially because I want to figure out whether it even makes sense to do conventions as an Indie and partially because I really like Lee and reading her book makes me feel as if I’m conversing…

SSWS 2020 – Dressing Your Brand

While I recovered from Superstars Writing Seminars 2020 (SSWS2020) this week, Kevin J. Anderson attended another conference, LTUE, and is heading to another, PensaCon. Mary Robinette Kowal is also always traveling and for several years now I’ve tried to figure out how they do this. Last year, when we attended GenCon, I figured out how…

Writing and the Ebb and Flow of Health

Yesterday was a good day with a lot of energy. Today I woke fatigued, which is undoubtedly part of the natural cycle of this illness. That reminded me of Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s excellent book, Writing with Chronic Illness. We are often so hard on ourselves about writing. We set daily word count goals and if…

The Strenuous Life

My husband is doing sets of burpees interspersed by work and other normal movements of the day. I don’t count his burpees but there are plenty of them. I am not even sure when he decides that it is time for another batch. Seemingly at random he just begins the jumping back push-ups, and jump…

Streaks and the Great Challenge

After 106 daily posts I broke my streak yesterday. This is one of the worst illnesses I’ve ever had to deal with. It had me flat on my back for three days. Finally I’m able to sit upright for more than a few hours. I am still sick. My voice is still gone. I am…

Inspiration

Just a few inspirational quotes by James A. Owen today. All of these are from his excellent book: Drawing Out the Dragons: A Meditation on Art, Destiny, and the Power of Choice. Never, ever sacrifice what You want the most, For what you want the most at that moment. A choice with no consequences has…

Epidemics in Story

Still sick. I’ve done no writing nor anything other than sleep, cough, and take broth soup and Advil. I got my flu shot, as I do every October, which I think should guarantee me a much less severe case of the flu. But of course there are no guarantees. It looks like this flu went…

Sosigenes

There is a certain insanity to streaks that builds as you do them. This is my 104th consecutive daily post on this blog. I’m making it while a fever rages within me and everything liquid tries to come out. All I want to do is stay curled in my bed. But here I am, curled…

Writing to Prompts

We should arrive home tonight and I’m ready to be in my own bed. I’d planned to be at a writing event tomorrow but am going to have to bow out. I still can’t talk and suspect I may be contagious. I’m struck by the large number of my friends across the country also seem…