Books, writing

2019 – A Year in Review

Here's am overview of my 2019. Please feel free to enter your accomplishments, setbacks, realizations in the comments 🙂 Books I read in 2019 Reader Magnets by Nick Stephenson Bootstrapping for Indies by Simon Whistler Blood Orange Brewing by Laura Childs Your Road Map to Successful Author Events by Pavarti K. Tyler Story Trumps Structure… Continue reading 2019 – A Year in Review

Q&A, writing

Interesting Tweeps – Leigh Hartman

Today I have writer and fellow Twitter peep (Tweep) Leigh Hartman on my blog. You can follow Leigh on Twitter at @HistFicHartman. BETH: Hi Leigh! Thanks for agreeing to be interviewed on my blog. I’ve followed a lot of interesting people on Twitter, and you are one of them, hence the name of this blog series:… Continue reading Interesting Tweeps – Leigh Hartman

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Deadly Sins of Writing/Working

Today is the first day of National Novel Writing Month (aka NaNoWriMo.) I talked about it a bit last week. Writers around the world sign up to write at least 50,000 words during the month of November—at least, that’s how it started. I’m not sure what it’s evolved to since its inception back in the… Continue reading Deadly Sins of Writing/Working

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7 Ways to Love a WriMo

2017, pre-NaNo madness!   Next week starts the annual tradition of NaNoWriMo (NaNo for short.) You may ask what this nonsensical word means. Or maybe you know someone who is busily stocking up on caffeine, and you are wondering what’s up with them. Well, let me give a quick definition of the writerly madness that… Continue reading 7 Ways to Love a WriMo

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9 Things Writers Fear

Ever wonder what your favorite author fears? What your writer friend dreads? Wonder no more. Here is a spoooooky list of frights that could stop the heart of almost any wordsmith. Deadlines I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by. – Douglas Adams It has the word “dead” in it… Continue reading 9 Things Writers Fear

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How to Help Your OCD Writer Friend

I have OCD. No, not in that cutesy “Oh, she’s so organized!” sort of way. I mean, if you took one look at my desk, you would know this. (Don’t look at my desk, please. Disaster area. This is where the OCD organizers go to lose hope.) I’m a perfectionist, granted, but I’m also an… Continue reading How to Help Your OCD Writer Friend

Book, Fantasy, writing

My Book is in SFX Magazine

In issue 316 of SFX Magazine, Flame Tree Press took out a one-page ad and...The Goblets Immortal happened to display prominently. I was so excited, I ran out to Barnes and Noble and scoured the shelves until I found it. When I did, I nearly screamed. I almost humiliated my mom by stopping passersby and saying,… Continue reading My Book is in SFX Magazine

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What I Wanted to Be When I Grew up

There were a handful of things I believed I wanted to be when I grew up. For a while, I thought I might be an artist. Then I thought, hmm, maybe a teaching or doctoring animals is my calling. The shortest-lived idea I had was a vocal artist—and for those of you who have watched… Continue reading What I Wanted to Be When I Grew up

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Creative Stereotypes

When it comes to writing there are many stereotypes that are mostly ridiculous, like there’s a one size fits all for every author on earth. There might be a few that ring somewhat true for a large group, but no two people are 100% alike. Stereotypes for writers often include the following: The starving artist… Continue reading Creative Stereotypes

Book, Fantasy, writing

Publishing Announcement

I have news--and I know how you like news (cue the laughter from fans of the movie adaptation of Emma with Gwyneth Paltrow.) No, this is not another Jane Austen parody announcement (though there might be one down the road...who knows?) My fantasy novel The Goblets Immortal has been accepted for publication by Flame Tree… Continue reading Publishing Announcement