Why You Must Craft Your Own Reality

I almost titled this, “The post in which I get real.” Because here’s the thing: It’s easy to write a post targeting X reader about Y project.  It’s simple to write a cookie-cutter article sharing five steps toward accomplishing Z. Seriously, after 800+ articles and dozens of books, I can do that in my sleep. […]

Video Podcast, Episode 2: Epic Advice for Graduates with James Morrell

[youtube height=”HEIGHT” width=”WIDTH”]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGeN3nTGyPY&feature=youtu.be[/youtube] A few weeks back, I was asked to contribute to James Morrell’s new book, Epic Advice for Graduates. My contribution was a top ten list of things I wished I’d known when I graduated high school. There are also lists from 32 other outstanding individuals, loaded with advice every graduate should know. […]

Video Podcast, Episode 1: Idaho Writers and Readers Rendezvous

[youtube height=”HEIGHT” width=”WIDTH”]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5AxAVgA_rc&feature=youtu.be[/youtube] I’m excited to be involved in this year’s Idaho Writers and Readers Rendezvous, coming up May 1-3 at the Boise Centre on the Grove. The lineup of speakers is phenomenal, and the classes and events that make up this three-day writing conference are sure to inspire even the most hesitant writers to start (or […]

Success Secrets: Why It’s All Up to You

I had the opportunity last night to speak at my alma mater, Boise State University. The audience consisted of students pursuing or considering studies in English. The topic: How did your education impact your career? The panel I was on included a scholar, teacher, grant writer, and me. I so enjoyed listening to each of […]

Infographic: What Authors Need to Know About E-books and Publishing

I’m always looking to understand more about publishing. E-books especially intrigue me because they can have such huge potential for authors—and yet, they also pose a threat to small bookstores and local efforts. So, I took research into my own hands to get a better grasp on the e-book market. What I found was surprising: […]

3 Ways to Support Local Authors

Note: This blog post is sponsored by Grammarly. (Thanks, Grammarly!) I use Grammarly for free proofreading because I edit all day long, and my eyes get tired. So, so tired. The software doesn’t replace proofreading from a living, breathing human, but it’s great for the first round. Last night, I had the honor of hosting the Top […]