business signatures are an easy decision with this resource

While most of my blog posts till now have focused on writing fiction, my work days are filled with technical and business writing. I’d like to start sharing some of the resources I use when writing professionally. When we write, we weigh our word and structure choices to determine how they will most accurately communicate our meaning to the reader. This is the same regardless of field or genre. How do we get the reader to understand what we’re trying to say while staying succinct and interesting? And how do we accomplish that in three words or less in our business signature?

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How to Start a Book Club on Facebook

For around two years, my best friend and I have been trying to breathe life into a local book discussion group. Our genre’s a little niche, but we still get interest and even book suggestions from members. We’ve tried gathering for tea, for brunch, or even in the library so no one feels pressured to spend money. Yet the meetups are consistently her, me, and a set of excuses. We finally accepted we might need to try something different, so I researched how online book clubs make it work. Here’s what I learned!

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writing more by writing less [blog] |

writing more by writing less

One of my never-ending goals is to write more. To give myself more flexibility, I’ve expanded this to include blogging. In my mental list of endeavors, blogging had been separate from “real writing,” but no more. I’m trying to view all writing as real writing. As long as the focus of the activity is producing words by putting pen to paper or fingers to keys or voice to recorded track, it’s writing.

A strategy I think/hope will help me accomplish the goal of writing more is to write less. Specifically, I can write more if I write less but more often. Stay with me here as I ramble through backstory. Continue Reading

hello 2019 [blog] |

hello 2019

2019. It’s finally here. A new year isn’t really a clean slate any more than a new day is, but it’s hard not to consider goals right now. I’m not a New Year’s Resolutions person. My goals on Jan. 1 were the same as my goals on Dec. 31, but I recognize that it seems like a natural time to take stock and start anew. There’s a tendency to want to start projects at the beginning of a recognized time period. Tomorrow morning instead of tonight. Monday instead of Friday. The 1st of the month instead of the 29th. So let’s take stock. Continue Reading

[book review] How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind |

[book review] How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind by Dana K. White

Let’s get straight to the point. I loved this book. How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind by Dana K. White is one woman’s experiment in taking back control of her messy house. She passes the successful strategies and habits on to others who treat (or ignore) housework as she did. I listened to the audiobook but I’m tempted to get the print version because I enjoyed it so much. It’s read by the author and she did an amazing job of being engaging. It feels like listening to an understanding friend talk about how they managed to get some semblance of control over their home. Her advice is realistic. She acknowledges that you might need to tweak things to work for you but doesn’t compromise on the main goal of getting your house under control. Continue Reading

have you found your voice? [blog] |

have you found your voice?

Advice to inexperienced authors often includes “find your voice.” How do the advice-givers suggest you do this? Through writing. Writing, writing and more writing. I’ve also seen blogging as a suggestion since it tends to have an informal tone. I’ve been placing a good bit of trust in this advice, and I’m starting to feel that I must be bland or broken. Continue Reading

tearoom of the figmental soul [blog] |

Tearoom of the Figmental Soul

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Challenge 6 ~ Take two characters from different genres. Sit them at the same table in a coffee or tea shop. What do they talk about? Change the setting to a bar. How does the conversation change? Would they choose to meet up again?[/perfectpullquote]

I chose Coral from Soulkeeper by Brian Simons and Dr. Anna from Exhume by Danielle Girard. Soulkeeper is a recent LitRPG (Speculative Fiction) read that I really enjoyed. Exhume, a modern day Mystery, isn’t a favorite, but it’s one of my most recent non-Speculative Fiction reads. Continue Reading

what have I been reading [blog] |

what have I been reading? three most recent books

Can I write a post in 15 minutes? We’re about to find out.

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Challenge 5 ~ What are the three most recent books you’ve acquired? What inspired you to buy them? Where/how did you get them?[/perfectpullquote]

The most recent book I’ve nabbed, and I’m not including ones I borrowed, is The Tea Master and The Detective by Aliette de Bodard. Continue Reading