Celebrating 200 posts

This, believe it or not, is the 200th post on this blog. It began in January 2011 when I decided it was time to establish an official writerly presence on the interwebs. After five years of blogging half anonymously about anything and everything (including my writing life) on my beloved Forge and Brew, I crawled … Continue reading Celebrating 200 posts

The naming of cars

Another of my new year initiatives is to undertake Kristen Lamb's course for writers who blog. Its aim is to help our blogs be of interest to readers beyond other writers -- basically to encourage us to blog about topics other than writing. We're in the third week of the online course now, and it's … Continue reading The naming of cars

More on writers and platform pressure

Oh my, the debate about writers and platform expectations is still raging. Over the past couple of days I've spent hours knee-deep in blog posts and reader comments, my little introvert heart pounding with apprehension. (Hours not writing, I might add...) Rachelle Gardner's post on Wednesday talked about the need to quantify the size of … Continue reading More on writers and platform pressure

What I get out of blogging

Today I'm going to muse on a topic that has been floating around the writing industry¬†blogosphere the past week or so -- which is what writers¬†get out of blogging and how big a 'platform' novelists need in order to sell books (or to even be considered for publication by the larger publishers). Anne R Allen … Continue reading What I get out of blogging