Aug
26

Competition & Critiques

The Highs, The Lows, & Managing My Expectations

Competition is fairly mainstream in the writing world.  There are Twitter event contests every few months and what could possibly be more competitive than the dreaded slush pile?  Only a select few manuscripts ever rise to the top.  The simple act of querying is, in itself, an invitation for evaluation/criticism, and the results can send us soaring to incredible emotional highs or wallowing in disappointment, depending on the outcome.

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Aug
20

Glass Half-Full

Peg-Legs & Exoskeletons

I had big plans for my recent trip to Ottawa, including visiting family and friends, paddle boarding, water parks, white water rafting, paintballing, trapezing and indoor skydiving. On night #1 of my vacation, we went to a local circus/parkour gym and being a fan of American Ninja Warrior, I was determined to get up one of their beginner walls.

The wall (and my left Achilles) had other plans.  An American Ninja Warrior I am NOT (apparently).  [Shh, don't tell anyone.]

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Aug
8

A View From Both Sides Of The Fence

Advice from Sci-Fi Author Bennett R Coles

Recently, an email caught my eye from the depths of my Junk Mail folder.  As it turned out, a dear college friend of mine, Bennett R. Coles, had mentored under author Mary Rosenblum (as I had), and when Mary referenced the interview I'd done with her in one of her recent newsletters, Ben had connected the dots, figuring out that we knew each other, and reached out to me.  And as it turns out, he's now an award-winning sci-fi author who's experienced both the self-publishing side of things and the traditional publishing route as well.

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