• Inspiration,  Minimalism,  Writing

    Minimalism and Creativity

    In the book Steal Like An Artist, Austin Kleon writes: ” It takes a lot of energy to be creative. You don’t have that energy if you waste it on other stuff.” “Steal Like an Artist” by Austin Kleon, page 119, para. 1 While I have written about that in the past, about eliminating the unimportant to liberate your time…

  • Books,  Writing

    Do Authors Make Money from Secondhand Books?

    The other day an old friend contacted me. She’d stumbled upon a secondhand copy of The Shoestring Girl selling for an amazingly high price. You can see the listing here if you are interested. My friend wanted to know just how much money I would personally receive should that copy sell. While I was responding to her questions, I shared the link on my Facebook…

  • Books,  Financial Freedom

    Financial Freedom Update

    It is amazing to think that I started my third semester of college last week. It’s even more amazing that despite the challenging assignments, I managed to complete them with time to spare. I’ve spent most of my downtime recharging when I haven’t been focused on my book. The first draft is completed so I’m giving it a few days…

  • self-improvement,  Writing

    The Power of Ritual

    Every single morning the very first thing I do is look at my clock. I turn on the radio, pad to the kitchen, and start the coffee as I head to the bathroom for my daily constitutional. I tend to take my journal with me; writing while on the porcelain throne first thing in the morning allows me to flesh…

  • Productivity,  Writing

    Morning Ritual

    Back in the early days of my writing career I began a small morning ritual. I would wake up, snag my cup of coffee, and knock out however many articles I needed to write that day in order to achieve my desired income for the week. Once I finished writing my daily quota of articles I was free to pursue…

  • Personal,  Writing

    A Sunny Solution

    Necessity is the mother of invention. It is an act of pure genius when one can use the things they already have available to solve a problem. One of the major problems I currently face is my inability to tolerate backlit screens for very long periods of time. Even when I dim the screen as low as it can go…

  • Housing,  Simplicity,  Writing

    A Quiet Solution

    My friend and her family (I mentioned them in an earlier post) have finally moved down from Michigan. Until they find a place they are camped out in my tiny house. As a result, privacy is virtually impossible to come by at home and the quiet time I need in order to write is completely nonexistent. I could gripe and…

  • Books,  Freebies,  Frugality

    Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale

    Hello Everyone! Once again I have joined the Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale. To thank you for being such loyal readers, I have listed all of my books at a sizeable discount or for free. You can find a list of my books here. All you have to do is click on the book you are interested in. When the description page…

  • Personal,  Writing

    Busy Work…and a new Genre

    Hello everyone! I’ve been keeping busy writing here. I didn’t want to share what I was up to until I had something to show for it however. I’ve managed to finally get around to publishing my little weight loss book for 99 cents. I’ve got the page up with all of the distributor links here. And I’ve created a new…

  • Books

    Big Book Sale

    Hello everyone! I’ve enrolled all of my books in the Smashwords Summer/Winter sale. To celebrate not only surviving yet another winter, but to give thanks for just being in one piece I’ve deeply discounted every single book, making many of them FREE. This sale will only last a few days. Visit my Smashwords profile page to grab your copies while…

  • Personal,  Writing

    Weathering Storms

    We have had an interesting time as of late. Not only have Katie and I lost a young friend, now the rough weather has rolled in. That is the view across our street. The river near our house is currently at 16.44 feet. Flood stage is 20 feet, and it will touch our floor joices at 22.98 feet. Isn’t life…

  • Success,  Writing

    The Stupidity of Self Talk

    The past few days I’ve had a sick kid at home. I’ve been chowing down on jalapeño peppers as I hacked my way through writing this novel in hopes of not catching what she has. Brilliant woman that I am, I stayed up past five in the morning on Wednesday knowing that I had to get up at 8 to…

  • Books

    Time to Move on

    Now that the new Shoestring Girl is making its way through the publishing channels it is time to move on to my next book project. One thing I plan to do is take the old posts that were salvaged and format them into a book for your reading enjoyment. Next I plan to work on a novel. I plan to work…

  • Frugality,  Writing

    My New Writing Setup

    In yesterday’s post I mentioned that I was dedicating my old XP to writing, so today I figured that I would talk about my setup. My computer is really old. In the 11 years that I’ve had it the battery has died and the speakers have started failing. It is currently on its third keyboard, and even that is starting…

  • Personal,  Writing

    An Early Birthday Gift

    Kes, who happens to be one of my oldest friends (I’ve known her since the 8th grade), listened to me vent my frustrations about writing with my current limitations. After learning about the workaround I discussed in the previous post, she decided to surprise me with an early birthday present: A copy of Office 2007. She found it on eBay…

  • Books

    Painful Realization

    I have made a painful discovery over these past few days: I am not as healed as I would like. I have severe issues when it comes to learning and using software that I wasn’t extremely familiar with before I got hurt. While I managed to get the new book formatted for print, I have had a nightmare when it…

  • Books,  Frugality,  Simplicity

    The Shoestring Book is now in Print

    Amazingly, CreateSpace worked really fast; my book is already available for sale in print! You can find it on Amazon and CreateSpace. Katie and I are working as fast as we can on the ebook; I made a newbie mistake when I was creating it that has forced me to completely reformat it so that it will look right. Right…