goals

What I Learned in 2014, and My Goals for 2015

It’s weird to realize that the holidays are now upon us; I can’t believe how damned quickly 2014 rushed by. But it’s time to face facts: it’s the middle of December, and that means that it’s time to look back on…

Goals for 2013

The frenzy of reading and reviewing 40 books in 2012 has passed, but I’m still a little shell-shocked a few days later. 2013 will be a bit different, but in degree rather than in kind. Of course, this can mean…

Saying Yes to Full-time Freelancing

I’ve been managing this website through its various incarnations since late 2009. Since then, there have been a lot of changes – new web addresses, new business names, and new clients. However, a few weeks ago, an even bigger change…

Why I rebranded and relocated my site

Late last year I wrote about my goals for 2012. Some were ambitious or beyond my reach, but one of them was practical: I wanted to change the business name that I operated under and migrate my existing content to a…

An eBook-shaped hole in my education

In a recent blog post I talked about my writing and editing goals for 2012. However, I forgot to add one very important goal to the list: I need to learn more about eBooks. The course I took on electronic…

What I’ve learned from NaNoWriMo, Part 1

I’ve spent the last day or so in a haze. This haze has consisted of a few sets of words, combining and buzzing and circling around my head like a cloud of midges: holy crap I’m done 50,000 words I…

How I got my writing mojo back

I knew from the age of 7 that I wanted to be a writer. That idea grew with me as I grew up, when it reached its most distorted apex in high school. You see, I didn’t want to be…

NaNoWriMo: Taking the Plunge

Yesterday a social-media friend of mine (Hello, Jonathan!) asked me if I was thinking about doing NaNoWriMo this year. Short answer: Not really. Long answer:  I’ve thought about it in the past but have always said no; I sincerely doubt…

Montreal is GO

I’m happy to announce that most, if not all, of the groundwork has been laid for my trip to Montreal: Booked a spot at the conference? Check. Found accommodations at a hostel? Check. Booked my VIA rail ticket? Check. Made…

Feeling Professional and Learning About XML

The past week has seen a flurry of really positive activity: A web design company I’m helping sent me a payment I sent out two contracts to new clients I attended another Board meeting for the Writer’s Circle of Durham…