Books & Beer

Books & Beer

There’s an old writing maxim, often attributed to Ernest Hemingway, that will forever wed the worlds of beer and books: Write drunk, Edit sober.  A recent Twin Cities event dared to re-imagine that old quote: Write sober….Market drunk. Ladies and gents, may I introduce you to the Books & Beer Pop-up Bookstore. Love books? Love beer? Love meeting local authors? This is the event for you. Mid-May I popped in to see the pop-up (hey, you’ve read this blog long enough to…

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Have you ever read a Deep Fried Oreo?

Have you ever read a Deep Fried Oreo?

At the start of 2016 I planned to give up desserts for one month.  After three days I was doing awesome, and feeling super confident in my dessert resisting abilities.  Sitting across the dinner table from my husband I looked to him and said “I could do this all year!”  He had enough wisdom not to respond with laughter, but his face still told me he thought I couldn’t do it.  I took his disbelief to be a direct challenge….

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Indie First! Buy Books Local

Indie First! Buy Books Local

Independent Bookstore Day is a one day national party celebrating indie bookstores and local book culture. Every year on the last Saturday in April indie bookstores open early and play host to author appearances, live music, doughnuts, costume contests, readings, temporary tattoos, and…literary condoms. That last one is a real thing. Yep, the Indie Bookstore scene in the Twin Cities sure is virile. For the second year in a row the Midwest Independent Booksellers Association has printed an Indie Bookstore…

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An Hour a Day is Better than No Hours a Day

An Hour a Day is Better than No Hours a Day

Brooke and I are big NaNoWriMo enthusiasts and we write about it a lot here at SS Press…so if you’re sick of reading about NaNo then this isn’t the post for you. Because I’m going to talk about Camp NaNo like the happy little camper I am. Ok, you’ve been warned. It is day 30 of Camp NaNoWriMo and I just hit the validate project button. Boo-ya. More than any other NaNo, this Camp helped me start and maintain a daily…

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Why You Should Be Writing Short Stories

Why You Should Be Writing Short Stories

The vast majority of the reading I do is full length novels.  I don’t read magazine articles, novellas, short stories or even a lot of blog posts (yes I realize that’s pretty hypocritical of me).  Because of this I’ve always focused on writing full-length novels.  After all the saying goes – write what you want to read. Only, full length novels are long, not to mention scary, overwhelming, intimidating and downright difficult.  As a no name author, with this blog…

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Life is a Juggling Act and Sometimes You Drop the Ball

Life is a Juggling Act and Sometimes You Drop the Ball

Life is a juggling act. At work and at home we have things to manage, priorities to balance, and too many balls to keep in the air. Sometimes  I’m on the ball, pun intended, all areas of my life get some attention, and things revolve perfectly as I toss-catch-throw without a stumble.  Other times…I drop the ball. I’m a busy lady with a lot on my plate. Big, luxurious blocks of time to write just aren’t possible right now. I…

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How to Get Stuff Done

How to Get Stuff Done

Last time I talked to you all about being intentional with your writing time.  How have things been going?  Good, great, terrible, all of the above?  After my extremely insensitive teaser, it’s time for the big reveal!  The most effective tool I know for stopping the editing spiral in its tracks and staying intentional in your writing time is… – DEADLINES! Whoa, sorry guys all caps is not the best look for any word that starts with “dead” but, far…

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Sorry Kids, Mama’s Got a Hot Date with her Novel

Sorry Kids, Mama’s Got a Hot Date with her Novel

One of the hardest things I have to keep re-learning in life is that to get anything done you have to be intentional about it.  Things don’t just happen.  If I want to spend more time with my husband – I have to be intentional about setting up date nights.  If I want to have more money in my bank account I have to be intentional about budgeting each month.  And if I want to write a book, I have…

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Plunging into Editing

Plunging into Editing

Every winter hundreds of people all over the world willingly dive into a frozen body of water. Insane, right? It’s called the polar bear plunge and it’s done in the name of charity.  I admire these brave and generous souls. It must be scary, not to mention extremely uncomfortable, to strip down to your skivvies and run full tilt into an icy lake. This winter I will be taking a different sort of plunge. Instead of diving into frigid water,…

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The Editing Spiral

The Editing Spiral

Today I woke up with a lot of determination to push forward on editing my novel.  I was fantasizing about sending my manuscript to a publisher, creating cover art, turning my series into a trio of Hollywood Blockbuster movies, appearing on morning talk shows, translating my books into Spanish and German and Mandarin, choosing a voice actor for the audiobook…then I remembered I’m not even halfway through editing my first draft.  Serious reality check. Still, I got to work, determined…

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