On Jobs, Dreams, and Calling Part 1

Recently, I’ve been having an attitude problem. Everybody has bad days at work where you just woke up on the wrong side of the bed or didn’t get enough sleep. But recently I’ve felt resentful at my job for keeping me from my dream of writing, and every day is a struggle to have a good attitude.

You’re probably thinking I have a terrible job. Nope. I’ve been blessed with a wonderful job. I work with amazing people, I fix important things, I’m well compensated, and…

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Of Hope and Determination: Writing Fellowships

There’s no way I’ll ever get this fellowship. I’m not good enough. Why even waste the time and effort trying?

Sound familiar? Not just for writing fellowships, but for everything in life we try for (contests, job promotions, auditions, scholarships)? Everybody faces self doubt at some point. For writers, especially in this age of social media and self promotion, it’s a daily reality.

The last two weeks of November, I devoted ever waking minute I wasn’t at work to perfecting two writing fellowships applications: The George Bennett Fellowship in Exeter, NH, and the Fine Arts Fellowship

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A Writer’s Why: Fighting for the Least of These

One of the most important questions we can ask ourselves is why we do what we do. Not only for healthy self-reflection, but to focus our efforts and cut out the things in our lives that don’t have a good enough “why”.

Whether you write prolifically, and wonder what to do with it, or write less than you wish you did, and need a reason to write more, understanding your why is essential. You seek to understand what drives you, and what you hope to achieve through your…

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Vampires Don’t Sparkle – Guest post by David Sherrer



“Lestat and Louie feel sorry for vampires that sparkle in the sun. They would never hurt immortals who choose to spend eternity going to high school over and over again in a small town — anymore than they would hurt the physically disabled or the mentally challenged. My vampires possess gravitas. They can afford to be merciful.” – Anne Rice, from her Facebook

One thing my wife and I frequently debate about is the state of modern vampires. We never seem to agree on how…

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Special Giveaway

Fellow author and excellent mentor of writers, K.M. Weiland, is releasing a new annotated version of Jane Eyre (Jane Eyre: The Writer’s Digest Annotated Classic.).  To promote it, she’s doing a giveaway of some fantastic prizes from Writer’s Digest, with the grand prize being registration to next year’s Writer’s Digest Conference in NYC!  Check out her page to learn more about the giveaway and to buy her books.

Hurry though, the giveaway deadline is tomorrow at 6pm!

I got one tonight and I…

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