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New Podcast Up: The Props Under the Platform


In this episode, Ryan and I discuss ways that a writer can increase their platform in order to become more recognized as a writer and to hopefully garner the attention of agents and publishers. We discuss many ideas that we have tried and successes we have had in building the ever important writer’s platform. We … Continue reading

Christmas: Blessings Counted


Today is Christmas, and it is probably one of my favorite holidays, however I am increasingly fed up with the fact that it is the only holiday save Easter that is being eradicated by the corporate machine, remolded into some meaningless day where you get gifts for people who are probably going to take them … Continue reading

Blog Spam Is Sometimes Hilarious


I am not really sure where it comes from, but I will often get comments to my blog posts that are…well…nonsensical spam.  Today I decided to post some examples of this for your enjoyment, and since this is a blog about writing, the sad thing would be that these writers are wasting their time writing this … Continue reading

For the Teachers: 5 Awesome Websites!


School starts back in a few weeks for me, and I spent the summer attending some really cool conferences (mostly Advanced Placement).  One of the most important things I discovered at these conferences was the websites that the teachers use to enhance their classroom learning environment.  Sure, you could pay some website a lot of … Continue reading

Teaching: Why It Is Not What It Used To Be


Today’s letter on the A to Z Blogging Challenge is “T”, and if there is something that has been on my mind lately it is teaching.  A few weeks ago, a retiring teacher Gerald Conti posted to Facebook about the teaching profession as it stands today.  The letter went viral.  In it, Conti cited the … Continue reading

Know Your Demographic


If there is one thing that many independent and amateur writers fall for is the idea that their particular genre or idea for a novel will be an instant best seller.  As I write this I imagine billions of writers out there toiling away at novels they deeply believe are books that people will want … Continue reading