vlog 2

Vlog 2 is up, all new and exciting (well maybe)

Vlog  2 is up! So I said I was going to do it, and finally did. New You Tube Vlog is up .. this time about quarterly goals for April/May and June.



Hope you enjoy, follow, share, make fun of, laugh, and generally get engaged.

I’ll be creating another post later this week on marketing, and what worked for me on Bridgefinders, and what did not. (More did not than did, but we will get there.) Marketing is one of those things that I like most ‘indie’ authors have a bit of a hard time with. Hopefully my experiences can help. Look for that blog post Thursday/Friday time frame.




Goals, Plans and Writing

Goals are important. Plans are important. Writing is even more important, if your a writer or at least trying to be one. With the release of Bridgefinders about two weeks ago, I seem to have fallen a bit on the productivity scale. I think I was throwing myself a bit TO much into the marketing of Bridgefinders, and less into the actual work of writing. While an upcoming post will be about the results of all that said marketing, for now I need to focus on setting goals for this quarter.

Taking a page from other ‘indie’ authors (which is to say, we who self publish. Though I cringe a bit at the semi cache of saying ‘indie’.) I’m going to do a vlog this week about my goals for the quarter. I’m going to do it as a vlog simply to force myself to get a bit more comfortable with that medium. You’d think someone who had a theater scholarship outta High School and had done a great deal of performance training would slip into it well, but that was nearly 25 years ago, and honestly I don’t like watching myself on film. But I’m working on it.. 🙂

I am working on the sequel to Bridgefinders, for now called Bridgebreakers (Do I sense a theme??) Also currently the audiobook for Bridgefinders is under development, Hope to have it done by the end of the month, really hoping. We shall see how that goes.

So I have a bit going on, but I’m still making progress on all of that stuff. Note: Not all my goals may be writing related, at least not directly.

So a short update today, but it’s Saturday morning, the last Saturday I need to work during Tax season (Day job stuff) and It gives me good time to write, so I better get started on that. Happy reading!

vlog 2

My first Vlog.

So I’ve been meaning to do this for quite some time, but I finally got around to creating my first Vlog. My inaugural Vlog is about using Mind Mapping for your characters. I’m not an ‘outliner’ in terms of how I write for the most part, as I reference in the video. I’m what a famous author calls a ‘Gardener’, meaning I have an idea, I plant it and let it grow and change naturally.  Some love the outline bit, and in truth I thought I would as well. However for me it didn’t work, and in fact I felt somewhat limited by the process.

That’s not to say I don’t have any framework. I tend to write a paragraph or two about the story, I create a timeline for it, if needed that is, and then create my character mind maps. I use a free piece of software called ‘Xmind’ that does a great job for me. But here it is, my first ever Vlog, I hope you like it! (Hint, if you do subscribe to the channel, then as I do more you’ll find out.)