Headline: Guess Who Sold a [Copy of a] Book

Our first full day at All-Con Dallas 2018 was a rousing success. I sold a book. A man picked up a copy of DAY OF THE DARK and asked if I had change. I was gobsmacked. Of course I didn't have change. I hadn't thought about needing change. I didn't even have my purse. David, … Continue reading Headline: Guess Who Sold a [Copy of a] Book

Elevators, Mysteries, Aliens, Swords, and One Bunny Rabbit

Reporting from All-Con 2018 in Dallas, Texas. Tomorrow we'll sit at a table outside the Lalique Ballroom and sell our wares--David has Alien Resort patches; I have copies of Lone Star Lawless, Day of the Dark, and Murder on Wheels. I say we'll sell, but that's to be seen. I asked David if he plans … Continue reading Elevators, Mysteries, Aliens, Swords, and One Bunny Rabbit

My 3.14 Day Poem*

  With thanks to Abbie Taylor, who told me about Pi Day Poems, and to Shakespeare, whose sonnet provided the form.  Anti-Ode on Pi   Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Thou‘rt such a strange shape, legs much like a chair, A top so curved there’s just no stinkin’ way It’d seat a … Continue reading My 3.14 Day Poem*

When a Writer Quits . . .

Novelist Nancy Peacock on quitting... "I'm writing again," I told Ben. "I thought so," he said. Ben has the good sense to never say, "I told you so," no matter how many times we go through this. And we've gone through it a lot, because I am a serial quitter. Like an alcoholic, I need … Continue reading When a Writer Quits . . .

How Much Money Do Writers Make?

Question: I've written a novel. Should I quit my day job now or wait till I'm published? In A Broom of One's Own: Words on Writing, Housecleaning and Life, author Nancy Peacock answers that question with a story: * Two women are walking down the road and pass a frog sitting in the grass. "Hey," says the … Continue reading How Much Money Do Writers Make?

Inspiration, Desperation, Suspiration, Broccoli…

I’m at Writing Wranglers and Warriors today with a post that starts with the writing process and ends up with broccoli. A brief post, since I’m expert on neither.

Writing Wranglers and Warriors

Posted by M. K. Waller

© David Davis, Alien Resort. Used with permission.

Want to know how I think up topics for blog posts?

Of course you do.

I use several techniques:

  1. A topic comes to me about 9:00 p.m. and I write fast and then stay up all night fixing it (and hoping readers can tell it’s been fixed), finding pictures, and making pictures stay where I want them.
  2. Sometimes I forget I have a post due on Writing Wranglers and Warriors until 9:00 p.m. the night before, and I stay up all night doing the tasks listed in #1.
  3. Sometimes a topic comes to me at 9:00 p.m., and I write about it and then see what I’ve written is so horrid that I trash it and write about something else. Often the something else is a topic I’ve meandered into while writing the horrid part.
  4. Sometimes…

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