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April 27, 2017 – 1:23 pm

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What to do with a to-do list that’s three months or older?

August 10, 2013 – 5:10 pm

I know I said I was restarting two weeks ago, but I forgot about a holiday and some other stuff in the way. Object lesson here – I might have lost the plot when it comes to my own stuff, but I still need a to-do list.
I know that I said in my last post that I wasn’t doing my own work, but it’s at …

Back in the saddle – some practical tips for picking up where you left off

July 21, 2013 – 4:55 pm

Without meaning to, about six months ago, I stopped doing *stuff*.  It started slowly at first – it was the occasional dropped blog post on my own blog, then I stopped blogging here.  Then I stopped writing regularly and was just *working* all hours of the day (I’m an editor, designer and PR strategist).
But then an odd thing happened.  Work slackened off but I was …

The Only Constant is Change

July 18, 2013 – 10:33 am

J. K. Rowling has been taking a few hits lately in social media – first because she (or her publisher) decided to change the covers of the Harry Potter books and second because of her decision to publish her mystery novel under a different name.
Changes though, are sometimes necessary. Take that mystery for example. How many people might have mistakenly purchased it and given that …

Sign of the Times?

December 11, 2011 – 9:04 pm

Okay, I’ll admit it, it’s been a while since I was in my favorite bookstore. (That picture isn’t it, by the way. ) Even so, I was shocked.
Where were the fiction books?
They were tucked away in a back corner of the store on the second level.
Oh, there were the New Release tables on the first floor, and two long shelves of New Release Hardcover fiction, but …

Staying hungry and foolish

October 6, 2011 – 9:10 am

We awoke to the news this morning (in the UK at least) that Steve Jobs had died.  A revolutionary, he’s actually quite relevant, even without all of the tech that he’s famous for, to indies.  And I thought today, given that he was an icon of the times, that I’d share something that I wrote in 2005 after his legendary Stanford address.
“Stay Hungry, stay foolish”
It’s …

Should You Quit the Day Job?

October 3, 2011 – 2:10 pm

Ummm… I hate to disappoint you, but… probably not.
Before you make that decision, though, you have to ask yourself a lot of questions. Once you’ve made that decision you’ll have to live with it, which may be harder than you think. Take it from someone who has been there, and knows.
Can you really do without your income in this economy? No job is truly secure …

Burnout city – population – me?

September 4, 2011 – 10:15 pm

This was a hard post to write. Not because I didn’t know what to write, and not because I couldn’t work out the slant, but because this week has been one of the hardest of my writing life.
And I’ve been writing for close to thirty years.
Burnout? What’s that?
First, I’d like to address a couple of misconceptions about burnout. It’s not ‘simply’ writers block, which, in …