Survival 101: Succesfully Work from Home

It's a jungle out there, and it's a madhouse in here. Why? I work from home. Yes, I said the magic phrase, "work from home." It gave you the tingles, didn't it? 80-90% of the U.S. would like to telecommute at least part-time, and that's because it sounds amazing. Are you picturing waking up, grabbing your laptop, and working from bed? Sure you are! You're also probably imagining weeks in nothing but pajamas, working whatever hours you want, and freedom to do whatever you want. I hate to burst your bubble. [...]

By | July 14th, 2016|Blog, Content, Freelance, Personal, Writing|Comments Off on Survival 101: Succesfully Work from Home

How to Stay Focused as a Freelancer

In a world of instant gratification, a myriad of distractions, and a higher workload, the ability to stay focused has become more important than ever. It's especially important for a freelance writer, or anyone in the freelancing business to keep their focus. Since according to the Huffington Post, 34% of the workforce in America are now freelancing, figuring out how to stay on track, get work done, and be efficient is vital to success. To be perfectly honest, staying focused as a freelance writer is incredibly difficult. I can't tell [...]

By | August 10th, 2015|Blog, Content, Freelance, Personal, Writing|Comments Off on How to Stay Focused as a Freelancer

30 Reasons to Write a Book

I can't say that I've always wanted to write a book. I've always loved books. Since I was a young child, I've read anything I could get my hands on. First, I loved books about animals. As I got older, I started liking fantasy and darker fiction. After that, I fell in love with urban fantasy and dystopian. I'll still read almost anything you put in front of me and as long as the writing is compelling, the characters are interesting, and the plot is spell-binding, you've got me hooked. [...]

By | August 3rd, 2015|Blog, Personal, Writing|Comments Off on 30 Reasons to Write a Book

The Life of an Aspiring Author

I've been an aspiring author for seven years, seven months, and twenty-five days. I've written over three-hundred thousand words. I've worked on six different stories. And I have completed exactly zero novels. There is no honest way that I can say I'm proud of myself. There's no reason why I shouldn't have a completed book by this point. You've heard of serial entrepreneurs, I'm a serial wannabe writer. I'll work on something, write thousands of words, be happy with it, hit a road block, and then toss the whole thing in [...]

By | July 21st, 2015|Blog, Personal, Writing|Comments Off on The Life of an Aspiring Author

The Dos and Don’ts of Theater Etiquette

A single moment. A breath of anticipation as you slide into your seat. You're early, but missing curtain call wasn't worth the risk. The minutes and seconds tick by with agonizing timidity. The seats fill up around you. The lights dim. And then, the curtain opens, and the smile that lights your face stays with you until the show ends. That is what it's like to watch a Broadway production. Whether it's your first show or your fiftieth, there's nothing that can surpass live theater. As you watch, you're constantly [...]

By | June 25th, 2015|Blog, Personal|Comments Off on The Dos and Don’ts of Theater Etiquette

JukePop Serials: Summer Writing Project

This summer I've decided to do something a little different and a little special. Starting last week, my novella, Shadow Between, can be found online on JukePop right here! So far, only chapter one is available to read, but that's what is so exciting. This will be a serial novella, meaning that every few weeks, I'll upload a new chapter for your reading pleasure. You'll get the opportunity to read my story as it's created. That means you can let me know what you think as you read, make requests for what you [...]

By | June 15th, 2015|Blog, Creative, Personal, Short Story, Writing|Comments Off on JukePop Serials: Summer Writing Project

Best-Laid Writing Plans

Freelance writing is not an easy business. There are countless opportunities for distraction. It's difficult to find open opportunities that interest you and fit your experience. You're competing against other talented writers and so standing out in the crowd is not a simple matter. You have to find a balance between writing for yourself and writing for clients. I love quotes that say, "If you're a writer, you're writing." Right. It's that easy. I'm a writer. I love to write. I have stories floating around in my head and I [...]

By | May 25th, 2015|Blog, Personal, Writing|Comments Off on Best-Laid Writing Plans

Writing a Short Story

Short Story (noun): 1. An invented prose narrative, shorter than a novel, usually dealing with a few characters and aiming at unity of effect and often concentrating on the creation of mood rather than plot. —Merriam-Webster's Unabridged Dictionary I love short stories. They are typically under 10,000 words and give you a freedom to create any type of story imaginable. With a short story, a lot of the conventions of a typical novel can be thrown out the window. That makes it incredibly fun and incredibly difficult. Just like any writing, [...]

By | May 12th, 2015|Blog, Personal, Short Story, Writing|Comments Off on Writing a Short Story

Writing and Comic Con

I recently had the pleasure of attending my very first Comic Con (C2E2). I have a large inner nerd and I'm very proud of her. No, I didn't do any cosplay this time around, I much prefer to be the silent watcher and observer.  It's a symptom of my introverted personality and being a writer. As a writer, I like to watch the world and Comic Con was a perfect opportunity to observe. I mean, who wouldn't want to walk by a troop of Star Wars characters? Besides the amazing [...]

By | May 7th, 2015|Blog, Content, Creative, Personal, Writing|Comments Off on Writing and Comic Con

When Being a Solopreneur Is Tough

I love what I do. I am a writer, a solitary profession by nature, and 95% of the time I don't mind being alone. Freelancing allows me to do the work that I want, when and how I want to do it. However, only a few weeks into my new career field and I've discovered a snag. Okay, so "snag" might not be the correct word. Let's say instead that I have realized something that I didn't plan for and think of previously. When you work alone, there is no [...]

By | May 4th, 2015|Blog, Personal|Comments Off on When Being a Solopreneur Is Tough