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July 2, 2018

I do not have plot bunnies. I have plot mammoths.

I've identified 4 mammoths that I'm currently chasing. One already has its own cover. I wanted to trick myself into finishing the story quickly by purchasing the cover early. I love the cover, I gaze adoringly at it all...

June 25, 2018

Hi! *swats cobwebs away* 

My goodness. I've been very neglectful of this space, haven't I? Yeah, I was on Ramadhan break, then Eid happened along with some family stuff that I had to do. Oh what the heck, those are just excuses, right? If I had really wanted to blog/wri...

May 20, 2018

Is there a rule that disallows trade-published authors from supporting indie authors?

I see a lot of indie authors talking about (basically advertising, right?) or straight-out promoting books written by their trade-published peers, but I’ve never seen the opposite happ...

March 30, 2018

People ask, can writers make a good income?

My answer is, I think it depends on what you write. 

I've been a technical and non-fiction writer for over 25 years, and the income has been great.

As a fiction writer, though, it's a little tricky. I've been writing fiction sin...

March 10, 2018

I took a break from writing, outlining new stories, and social media for a few days and went on a reading retreat. I like to think of a retreat not as a withdrawal or falling back (from whatever) in this case, but a mission to treat myself again (geddit? geddit??) with...

February 17, 2018

Every writer has experienced this, I think. Days when writing is like having your teeth pulled. You open a new document, or the document you've been working on, and try as you might, no words seem good enough to be typed out. Or, no words surface at all. 

Recently, I lo...

February 4, 2018

Do you believe in keeping your work-in-progress a secret? I do. Now. I used to think it'd be OK to talk about it a little, maybe build some buzz around it. After all, isn't hype the key to selling books nowadays?

So, a couple of months back, I mentioned creati...

October 28, 2017

OK, ‘tis the season for all things spooky, so I’m gonna share a couple of strange stories with you.

Incident 1

I think I was four when this happened. It was right after dusk, and my parents were flustered. A couple of relatives had come unexpectedly, but it wasn’t a regu...