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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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

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

sound or silence for writing [blog] |

sound or silence for writing

I’m giving myself a pass on yesterday since it was our second day without power. Thankfully, some hardworking people got it back on for us yesterday evening so I didn’t have to stash pitbulls under the blankets to warm up [again]. Still no internet, but I’m just grateful to have heating, refrigeration and cell phone charging. Not going to penalize myself for windstorm aftermaths, so today is now Day 4 of the writing challenge. *waves hands and it becomes real*

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Day 4 ~ Do you prefer silence, music or other sounds when you write? Does your preference change depending upon what you’re writing?[/perfectpullquote] Continue Reading

tropes without context [blog] |

tropes without context

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Day 3 ~ Choose a favorite book. What tropes exist in the story? When taken out of context of your favorite book, do you enjoy these tropes or are you frustrated by them? BONUS: Examine a least-favorite book in the same way.[/perfectpullquote]

One of my favorite books is Ender’s Game. I first read it in 8th grade and instantly fell in love. As an adult, I’m less than thrilled that one of my favorite books was written by someone with extreme, hateful social and political views. But learning horrible things about the author doesn’t change how important the book has been to me. Hell, I named my cat Ender. I used to reread Ender’s Game every few years. I haven’t read it since I learned about Orson Scott Card’s extreme homophobia. I still have these beautiful memories and feelings for the book, but I just can’t bring myself to pick it up again. I’m a bit conflicted on the topic, obviously. I think that makes Ender’s Game a great subject for today’s challenge. Strip away all of the details of this story I love. Reveal its bones.

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the thread that runs through my writing [blog] |

the thread that runs through my writing

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Blogging Challenge Day 2 ~ What is one adjective that describes your writing? Regardless of genre, length, etc., what is the one thread or perspective that runs through all of your work? Do you think others would pick up on it?[/perfectpullquote]


Not to go too Alice in Wonderland, but I enjoy using the phrase “curiouser and curiouser.” When I consider my writing, both prose and poetry, there’s a thread of discovery running through it. Continue Reading

My Favorite Genres to Read and Write [blog] |

my favorite genres to read and write

Today kicks off my 30 day blog post challenge. I don’t usually blog on the weekends, so my personal challenge is to do this in 6 weeks, 5 days per week. Click here if you’d like to see the graphic for days 1-10 that I’m using.

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Day 1 ~ What is your favorite genre to read? What about to write? Be as granular as you like. Why are they the same or different?[/perfectpullquote]

My favorite genre to read, without dispute, is Science Fiction. Within SciFi, my favoite sub-genre is space opera. Continue Reading

reconnecting with my ancestry - blog post |

reconnecting with my ancestry

My mother was in town this past week, and I seized the opportunity to refresh my knowledge of her side of the family. My great-grandfather died in 2001 and my grandfather died a few years ago, so I feel like my connections with Jamaica and Puerto Rico are slowly fading away. Those influences were so important as I was growing up, mostly in the form of food, clothing and my desire to learn Spanish, but they’ve moved into the background since I finished college and moved out on my own. Even more so once I got married and settled into a day job. While I vaguely knew I wasn’t okay with this, I realized that I was trying to reconnect with my childhood experiences through my characters in my writing. It was the prompt I needed to ask more questions. Continue Reading