In My Day – Trigger Warnings

I’ve been writing these posts for a bit and they’ve been relatively innocuous. And, to me, this remains a relatively innocuous thing. That trigger warnings are something anyone sees as controversial is extraordinarily confusing to me.

It becomes doubly confusing when the people who call it out are the ones who support MPAA ratings or spoiler alerts.… Read the rest

In My Day – Text Messages

I just finished writing a whole book that is entirely two teenager’s text transcript (and the people who got ahold of their phones during that time). So I thought I’d share some of my insights on text messaging I’ve gathered in the last 13 years of evangelizing real-time wireless solutions for businesses (and some individuals, too.)

I figured hot mess would be obvious…it wasn’t.
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In My Day — Photography

A couple weeks ago I was on my very first panel at a con and the topic was “When I was Your Age…” and we discussed what YA authors should know about being an actual YA in the modern era. A bunch of folks on Twitter wanted me to share my insights with them, too. So to that end I’m starting a blog series on things I understand that are different now than they were back then for “grown-up” YA authors.… Read the rest

Email Etiquette or How to Write Like a Business Person

As any good writer I watch the assorted query feedback feeds on Twitter (if you don’t watch them yourself, check out #tenqueries, #querylunch, and #500queries just to name a few.) One thing I notice is that there’s a lot of basic email mistakes happening among writers.

So, using my 13 years of business communication experience I’m gonna outline a few things that will get you really far in basic email communication.… Read the rest

Lessons from K-Drama: The Inside Joke

Today’s trope is a Hong Sisters’ staple. I think it’s one of the things that makes them so magical as writers and brings me back despite their notorious failures.

If you’re unfamiliar with the Hong Sisters they’re a writing team who are, in fact, sisters. Like me, they love to play with stories that have already been told and twist them a bit.… Read the rest

Lessons from K-Drama: Love Triangles

Like everyone else, I have a great many feels about Love Triangles. Done well they’re aching, done poorly they’re cause to put a book or a series away. Personally, I’m not invested in characters so much as I am relationships, so I’m less interested in who she’ll pick as I am which relationship I want to imagine continuing on because it benefits both parties.… Read the rest

Lessons From K-Drama: The Liars’ Arc

As some of you may know, I have a small (large) K-Drama addiction, but sometimes when talking to other K-Drama addicts I feel like I’m doing it wrong. I have favorite actors, but I don’t have a bias. I’ve never made a meme. Guys brooding in the shower make me sad that the actor had to starve for a week just so he could look pretty in the shower.… Read the rest

The Truth in Sales

Well, once again we have an instance of an author behaving badly floating around the internet, but no matter when you’re reading this you’ll find one. In this case there was catfishing and lying. And this got me thinking about the last decade or so that I’ve spent in selling.

Let’s get this clear from the beginning, I am not a salesperson.… Read the rest