If you haven’t seen it, there’s a viral math problem that has the world divided. When I first saw it—with the catchphrase: Can You Solve This?—I felt smart immediately because for once I didn’t scratch my head for too long before remembering how to attack this bad boy.Read More
Books & Writing
Surely, your dreams and passions aren’t more important. Right? I mean, look at that person over there following the same dream and being successful at it. There’s no way you’d match up . . . or keep up . . . or ever accomplish the same things. Are you even good enough?Read More
It has been said that a good book will find its readers. I agree, and the start of any of this is making sure that your product is quality. That you are not only putting out a book with a decent cover but that has also . . .Read More
There's a difference between educating myself with the do's and don'ts of writing, soaking up all the tips, testing how to break the rules, etc AND a difference with learning about myself as a writer.Read More
Because Life Likes to Bite You in the Ahem and Laugh at You!
Remember June? That time I made a big deal about being “back” to writing posts . . . and books . . . and getting my crap together?
Well, immediately following that post (like three hours later), WordPress decided it wanted to do us wrong. We tried to mend things (the usual end-of-relationship kinda way): we cried, they cried, had counseling chats, played the blame game, smiled at the memories, and had the “it’s not you, it’s me” talk.
It was them, though, not us . . . so we broke it off.
Then we did what any new “ex” would do. We buried ourselves in ice cream and workouts for a proper heartbreak-revenge cycle (it’s called balance). We had to find a new home, transfer our content, and say goodbye to all your awesome thoughts you’ve shared with us over the past couple years. I would have copied & pasted all the comments but didn’t want to seem like a comment hoarder. It’s just . . . it made me sad. So now we’re back with a new look and we’re in a committed relationship with Squarespace.
With all that, I’ll admit I had a “poor me” moment.
If you read the post I mentioned above, I was happy “being back” and was trying hard to let go of my writing insecurities. Then WP* glitched horribly (they lost a lot of our articles, messed with the podcast coding, locked me out as admin, etc.), and I was back to feeling like it was a sign I shouldn’t be writing or creating anything. Ever.
Luckily, life doesn’t only smack you around. It also gives you exactly what you need. This all happened around the time schools closed. So I was able to enjoy being a mom this summer. I did a lot of creative work, went on a girl’s trip with my editor, had fun with WAD’s** website possibilities, and had a lot of coffee (yes, I’m pretty sure that is a big factor in my happiness . . . and the survival for those around me).
I loved spending time watching my kids laughing, running, swimming, and having conversations with them. They’re seven years old so you can imagine just how amusing they are. Time I would have otherwise spent worrying over a post, a podcast production, or stressing over getting a scene just right. And while these are all things that make me who I am and are my passions, there’s nothing like watching my real-life creations to remind me that yes, I can, in fact, make beautiful things. But since I’m done making little humans and the twins are back in school, I’m going back to creating fictional characters and writing about life . . . through the eyes of this storyteller.
So I’m back.
Raymond too. He’s hiding somewhere, but you’ll hear from him soon.
**WAD = Writers After Dark
By S. Katherine Anthony
S.K. Anthony (Shanny) is a writer, a reader, and make-stuff-up-er who lives in New York. She is an award-winning author and a bestseller on Amazon. When she isn’t busy with her toddler twins, S.K. finds herself being transported into the world of imagination. Well, either that or running away from spiders . . . she is convinced they are out to get her!
I didn't want to let anyone down. But because of that, I've let myself down. I spent so much time writing for others that I forgot to write for myself. In not wanting to fail, I've inevitably been living in failure. In comparing myself to others, however, I've found my truth.Read More
Yeah, it’s a ridiculous argument. I said that when I originally posted it several years ago. But you know what? The article got fifteen hundred hits and the comments demonstrated people are damn serious about this topic.Read More
Grammar is like Latin. A dead language reserved for science and law. You know you’ve done something wrong, everyone else seems to know you’ve done something wrong, but explanations of your crime are vague and difficult to understand.Read More
Every writer knows that their first chapter can make or break their story. You simply never get a second chance to make a first impression. From an amazing selection of books, these openings scored the highest points amongst our judges.Read More
When potential danger appears, the brain sends signals to its threat expert, the amygdala. Survival, being kind of an important thing, requires both urgency (“Move now! Spider!”) and accuracy (“Wait, it’s not a spider, it is just a piece of lint”). Urgency moves along a short path and accuracy along the long path.Read More
Length matters . . . am I right? If you don’t believe me, try reading the 200,000-word autobiography of a snail.Read More
Unfortunately, because there is only a small market for short stories, many writers avoid penning them and lose out on an effective method for improving their writing.Read More