Google Keeps Making Me Regret Using their Services

About three months ago I resolved to start using Google’s  URL Shortener  service. It was free and offered basic analytics allowing me to track the number of clicks for my shortened URLs. I had hoped Google might one day incorporate https://goo.gl/ into Google’s massive and powerful Google Analytics program. Google is, after all, an ad […]

I Stopped Writing because I was Trying to be Perfect

I stopped writing for a long time because I focused on perfection. Instead of filling an empty page with content. I filled it with my frustration. I had already written a novel. So far my first and only book. Every time I tried to write something else I would get stuck. I stopped because of […]

On Writing My First Novel (5 Years Later)

Five years have now passed since self-publishing my first novel, Living on Empty. (Also available at Apple iBooks and Barnes & Noble).  It is a strange feeling. A somewhat abstract feeling was knowing I wrote an entire full-length novel five years ago.  A year’s long journey that came to an end with a finished product composed of […]

How to Find Inspiration When You Least Expect It

Burning the midnight oil often is the romanticized image of writing. Writing sometimes is not as beautiful as we might dream. However, the harder a writer works the more material they produce. With more material brings with it accomplishment and a larger portfolio. Time and time again I doubt my ability. All creative people do […]

I Can’t Sleep Right now So I Write

Finding time to write usually means sleeping less. When writing is not yet one’s single source of income one must find time to write. I would prefer to be writing whenever I wanted and anytime of the day, but I have not succeeded in the endeavor. Perhaps one day. But not today. Until then am […]

On Writing Right After Publishing my First Book

  No one tells you writing the second book is even harder than the first book. After one writes the first book the first question often asked: “So, when is the second one coming?” I have no flippity flopping idea. It will come when it comes and when I am ready and able to write […]

How to Write in a Coffee Shop without Wearing a Turtleneck

He walked into the coffee shop and ordered a Triple, Large, Half Sweet, Non-Fat, Caramel Macchiato. He waited impatiently while stroking his goatee, fixing his large black-rimmed glasses, and checking his twitter account. They called his name twice. He didn’t answer because by that time he was in the middle of typing a massive email […]

I Keep Forgetting to Blog because I’m Lazy

ONLY THE BEGINNING Hello. I’m here now. Better late than never. Right? I have been wanting to do this for some time now. Having traversed the long narrow and winding road of writing a first novel I thought I had earned a small break. I sunk in my chair feeling very tired. My fingers were […]

The Best Way to Read a Book Using Your SmartPhone’s Screen

Disclaimer: This blog post is full of silly adverbs. You’ve been warned. Read a Book. That sentence is no longer as simple as those three minute words might have originally conveyed. In the world of today (today being 2015), reading a book is followed not only with what? but also how? What you read is part-one or […]