Writerly Plans for Fall 2016

Hello, friends and readers!

Another academic year is underway, and the Fall season is fast approaching. It’s a period of change and transition for a lot of us, and I’m no exception. Here’s a preview of what I have in store for the remaining months of 2016.

Day jobs

Last year I started work as an online class supervisor at a school here in Sant Cugat (best city in Spain). That job kicked back to life last week, and I’m in the thick of classes already.

This Fall I’m also adding a new day job, as some of you saw on Twitter. I got a job teaching private English classes (as a second language) at an academy, so that’ll fill up a few afternoons.

Writing plans

While my beta readers are going through Where the Woods Grow Wild, I have several plans to keep myself busy. I’ve already started writing a sequel, simply because I couldn’t bear to not spend more time with my characters.

As soon as I hear back from my beta readers, however, I’ll dive into more edits accordingly. My top priority this Fall is to get Where the Woods Grow Wild perfected (in the achievable sense of the word) and published. A lot of people keep asking when it’s coming out, and my answer remains the same…soon!

Publication plans open up a lot of other boxes of things to get ready for: a release party, a book signing in town, final touches on design, etc. I’m working to have all that ready to go!

Fall is my favorite season by far. The cooler weather, rainy days with tea, and general festivities always invigorate me. I’m excited for what the following months have in store. What sort of plans do you have for the rest of 2016?

Publishing Plans, Writing Goals, and Other Assorted 2016 Shenanigans

Remember that one time back in February when I said Where The Woods Grow Wild would be available by late April? Yeah…that didn’t happen. As a matter of fact, July is almost over and I’ve yet to finish the second draft. To say that my writing plans for 2016 have been delayed is an understatement.

I won’t go into the details, but suffice to say there’s been a lot going on since January, and I’ve been juggling a part-time job (two as of a few weeks ago) with some remaining freelance editing work.

Technically 2016’s halfway point was a month ago, but I’m going to pull a ‘who cares?’ and do some recalibrating. Here’s what I’ve got up my sleeve for the rest of 2016:

Finish and publish Where The Woods Grow Wild

Aside from my day jobs, this will be my top priority. I’m making great progress on rewrites, and I’ll be beta-reader shopping soon (wink-nudge). No promises (I’ve made that mistake too many times already), but I really want to see WTWGW hit Amazon in October-November (that’s giving myself plenty for a few extra editing rounds, just in case).

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Current cover art for WTWGW, designed by Silvia Philbrick at Orca Creative Studio.

I’ve been sharing snippets on social media (mostly Twitter and Instagram) via #2bitTues, #1LineWed, and other trends, and the support you guys have shown is humbling and motivating, more than you realize. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

Keep writing my backburner novel

No, not a novel about an actual backburner (although I’ll accept offers for the rights to that idea). I’m talking about the fantasy novel that’s been sitting on the proverbial shelf gathering proverbial dust for about a year now. I’ve mentioned it now and then on Twitter, but Where The Woods Grow Wild has been my sole writing focus for the past 8-9 months.

This novel is looking to be a long one (guesstimating 150k-ish words), so I won’t be finishing it anytime soon. But still. It exists, and I’ll be making slow progress behind the scenes.

Start Where The Woods Grow Wild 2‘s first draft

Yep. WTWGW is getting a sequel. I wasn’t planning on this originally, but I love the characters too much to not write another book with them. Where The Woods Grow Wild will still have a definite ending, a conclusion of its own, but since it’s obviously going to sell a million copies*, why not explore the story world a bit more afterwards?

*please. I’m really poor. 

Develop social media

This is a permanent work-in-progress. 2016 has been great so far in terms of social media growth.

My Twitter following has almost tripled since last August, and I’ve been able to connect with some fantastic new people. Twitter is still my most consistent communication tool, so if you don’t follow already, you’re missing out on my superior humor and intellect some mildly amusing tweets.


I experimented with Instagram for a few months, but daily posts are quite taxing on my supply of photo ideas, and I’ve slowed down a bit. I don’t know how you all get hundreds/thousands of followers based exclusively on pictures of your desk, but more power to you, I guess.

To the grand total of 114 people who like and follow my author page on Facebook…yeah, sorry. I hardly ever post there. To be honest, I’m not a big fan of Facebook anymore. In terms of platform building it stinks unless you pay them (more) money, and then it stinks a little bit less.

I am, however, working towards starting a Youtube channel. I’ve been experimenting with different video styles, and I think I’ve found one that works for me. I don’t know when I’ll launch it (maybe next month?), but I’m having fun getting ready, if nothing else. Stay tuned.

Anyways, those are my writerly plans for the rest of 2016. Right now I’m going to pencil in a daily schedule to manage it all (no, I’m not sweating), and hopefully I’ll be able to follow through with these plans and not get fired from my two part-time jobs. Pray for me and my caffeine addiction.

In the meantime, have yourself an awesome day, friend!



10 Incorrect Assumptions About Writers

Let’s face it, we writers have built something of a reputation for ourselves. I won’t deny my own…unique characteristics, and I know you lot are in the same boat. But that doesn’t mean everything non-writers think about us is necessarily true. In fact, here are some common misconceptions people tend to have about writers that are usually false:

#1 Writers depend on inspiration

In this scenario, I define inspiration as the strong urge to write (as opposed to inspiration from a specific place or person). While inspiration is helpful, serious writers discipline themselves to write regardless of whether or not they’re inspired at the time.

#2 Writing is just a hobby

For a lot of people, it is. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. But people don’t seem to realize that writing can also be a vocation, a life-ambition, and even a full career.

#3 Writers don’t enjoy other people

I don’t think this is the case at all. Sure, we often seclude ourselves to work, and a lot of us are strong introverts. But we still need people. We need friends and loved ones just as much as the next guy.

#4 Anyone can be a writer

False. Not everyone can be a writer. Sure, anyone can pick up a pen and write a two-page story. Pretty much everyone I know has started a novel at some point. But it’s the stubborn dedication to finish that novel that sets apart the writers from the casual dabblers.

#5 Writers only write when they have time

While it’s true that most writers have day jobs and other responsibilities competing for their time, anyone who is serious about their craft will actively carve out time, even in little amounts here and there, to set aside for writing.

#6 Writers are always looking for input

Sorry guys, but writers don’t necessarily need suggestions about their next plot twist or character creation. Of course, we’ll occasionally ask for help (normally from other writers), but for the most part we don’t need to be told what to write about next.

#7 Writers are always depressed

I’m honestly not sure where this belief originated. It’s just not true. Most of the writers I know are the happiest people alive. Granted, maybe we tend to experience emotions more intensely than some others (I’m sure there’s a whole science behind that possibility), but that doesn’t mean we’re always depressed.

#8 Writers base characters on their friends

This one is partially true, because a lot of writers take personality traits from friends or family members and incorporate them into their characters. But it’s false to think every character in a book is a carbon copy of one of the author’s friends.

#9 Writers base the protagonist on themselves

Similarly to the last point, writers don’t actually make themselves the protagonist all the time. As a matter of fact, I’d say we’re trying very hard not to do so. I don’t quite get why so many people ask me “so are you the main character?” when they read my book. Honestly, we’re not even that similar (I hope).

#10 Writers can’t make money

I’ve talked about this before. When I tell people I’m a writer/author, they automatically say something like “oh, but it’s so hard to make a living doing that. What’s your real job?” And while I understand the sentiment, and they’re not technically wrong, I would like to remind everyone that with a lot of hard work and a bit of luck, it is actually possible to earn a basic living writing books.

What assumptions have people made about you when they find out you’re a writer? Are some of them true? Or are you drastically misunderstood? Let me know in the comments below. In the meanwhile, have a great day!

The Writer’s Life According To Harry Potter

It’s back, and this time we’re looking at the wonderful wizarding world of writing! Sort of. I’ve lost track of the number of instalments in this blog series, but oh well. The writer’s life according to Harry Potter:

When you finish writing that epic climax.
Discovering the joys of a thesaurus.
When you check your book sales.
Gotta weed out those cliches…
The dangers of not bringing a notebook.
Yet another typo.
There are some reasons to go out…
When you need reviews for a book release.
Giving your characters a heads-up.
No, you will not “ship” my characters!

As usual, none of these gifs belong to me. All gifs can be found at giphy.com.

Header image from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Harry-film-logo.png

The rest of the series, The Writer’s Life According To…

Jack Sparrow

Sheldon Cooper



Winnie the Pooh

Toy Story

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The Writer’s Life According To Toy Story

It’s been some time since the last episode of The Writer’s Life According To, but we’re back once more!

Shall we get down to business? The writer’s life as told by Toy Story…

Note: as usual, none of the gifs belong to me. They can all be found at giphy.com. 

When someone makes the mistake of asking about your book.
Putting all your hard-practiced social skills on display.
When you write the first kissing scene…
When you’re on your 4th cup of coffee and it’s not even noon…
Reading something you wrote five years ago.
When someone hasn’t heard of your favorite author.
When someone says movies are better than books.
Being forced to try your hand at marketing.
When a friend tells you they don’t like to read.
When you write the words ‘The End’…

Book Cover Reveal!

Today’s post is one I’ve been looking forward to for a long time. I’m revealing the (just about) finished cover for my next fantasy novel, Where The Woods Grow Wild!

I hired a fantastic graphic designer to work on the cover, and I’m truly happy with the results. The fact that she happens to be my sister is also mildly awesome. You guys should definitely check out her website/work at Orca Creative Studios.

You’ll notice a few things about the cover. First, the blurb is missing. I haven’t actually written one yet, so that’ll get slapped on eventually. Second, the ISBN is a fake. It’s just there to look shiny. Third, there’s still plenty of time to make tweaks, so your feedback is welcome! This is, however, basically the final product. So if you say ew yuck start over I’ll just throw a kumquat at you.

Anyway, here it is! Let me know what you think.

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If you’ve been keeping track, you’ll know that Where The Woods Grow Wild was originally scheduled for a late April release. That’s not going to happen anymore, but I hope to have it ready for June. Thanks again for your support, feedback, and encouragement!

Have a great day, everyone.

This Is Why We Write

To release the power of our imagination.

To prove ourselves on grand adventures.

To fulfill the unspoken desires of our mind.

To explore and express the emotions within us.

To meet people and go places we never would otherwise.

To feel, and to help others feel.

To mature as individuals and know ourselves better.

To throw ourselves at a daunting task and come out stronger.

To hold a reader’s hand through tears and laughter.

To give the world a glimpse of how we think, act, and love.

To introduce readers to a new friend or two.

To brighten someone’s day.

To inspire thought, change, and action.

To find shelter from a harsh world, and to turn back and attack it.

To send a message that would otherwise fall on deaf ears.

To understand people just a little bit more.

To entertain, to motivate, to comfort.

To allow ourselves the freedom to be who we were meant to be.





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The Writer’s Life According To Jack Sparrow

Yo-ho, yo-ho, a writer’s life for me…I think. Here are 11 gifs that sum up a writer’s life quite nicely.

When a new idea hits you.
When your cat mocks your new idea.
Writer’s block.
This chapter needs some work…
The cat’s on the keyboard again.
The first time someone asks about your book.
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When a friend/relative singles you out as a writer.
When you’re forced to socialize.
The one time you have company over.
When someone criticizes your writing.
When you get a good review on your book.

The Many Trials Of Being A Writer

No one ever said being a writer was easy. More often than not we’re plagued by adversity and trials. The bright side is these trials can make for some great stories to share! Here are some examples, in no particular order…

  1. Self-doubt and worry.
  2. Finishing a final draft and having to say goodbye to the characters.
  3. Distractions that blot out the sun like Persian arrows.
  4. Interruptions at your moment of most intense concentration.
  5. Chronic procrastination and/or writer’s block in all its devious manifestations.
  6. Missed deadlines. Met deadlines. Deadlines.
  7. That terrifying moment when you realize you’re out of coffee and/or tea and/or wine and/or chocolate.
  8. Staring at what you just wrote with your fingers hovering over ctrl+alt+delete.
  9. Headaches, bleary eyes, sore fingers, cramped wrists.
  10. The barrage of rules and advice and having to sift through it all to decide which ones to break.
  11. The lonely hours when it’s just you and the keyboard.
  12. The even lonelier hours when not even the keyboard likes you.
  13. Cat, get off my keyboaalsdagafwejrdfs…!
  14. Waiting to hear back from editors, agents, and publishers. Your fingernails will never be the same.
  15. Rewriting your opening line five thousand times and still not getting it right.
  16. When your characters go on strike and don’t talk to you for a week.
  18. Lost documents and crashed hard-drives.
  19. Telling people you’re a writer and the ensuing blank stare.
  20. The ‘well…poop’ moment when you read a book and realize the plot is pretty much the same as your work-in-progress.
  21. When spell-check fails you…or when you realize you just can’t spell.
  22. Frequent late nights or all-nighters just to fill that elusive daily word count quota.
  23. When your friends are out having fun and you’re inside writing. You have friends, right?
  24. Rude reviews, rude rejections, rude criticism…
  25. Having to answer ‘What’s your book about?’ on the spot.

Of course, at the end of the day, it’s all worth it. And we wouldn’t want it any other way, because these trials make us stronger.

Which of these twenty-five writerly problems have you experienced the most? Which ones have I left out? Drop a comment, and don’t forget to subscribe/follow.

Keep calm and write on!