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When things are going…

Marketing, Promotion, Time Management, oh my!

My daily schedule can get crammed full of stuff faster than I can jot it down in my bullet journal. Finding the time to write, especially when you’re feeling less-than-motivated, can be hard enough, let alone finding the time to come up with a plan to market and promote that writing. Conversely, I’ve also found myself getting into the swing of PR and promo so heavily that I neglect the writing I need to do in favor of making one last Tweet on a trending topic (or crafting a blog post on the topic of time management…) Continue reading

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Trail Running the Old Fort Ord

There’s nothing like a little panic to motivate one to train more consistently, and so the past few weeks I have been lacing up the sneakers and getting out to do some trail running in the Old Fort Ord. The views are beautiful, the hills are killer, and every once in a while I stumble across a tidbit of military history. Continue reading

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Writing and Fighting–Writing Fighting?

One of the fight writing aspects I hit on is rhythm. Fights, especially those between two people squaring off, have a tempo, a dynamic, that varies from moment to moment. As writers, we must capture this rhythm in our work. One of the best ways to do this is to also vary your rhythm, or sentence length. Use short, scrappy words to pick up the pace. Use longer, meandering words to circle around and around looking for an opening. Punctuation–BAM! Got it. Continue reading

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Road Trip!

Set out runnin’ but I take my time, a friend of the devil is a friend of mine… I’m not sure why long road trips immediately put me in the mood for some Grateful Dead, but this one in particular … Continue reading

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Home, sweet California dreaming home…

Just got back from my two-week annual training with my Army Reserve unit, and it is good to be home. Don’t get me wrong, I had a good time. In fact, it felt good to be back in uniform … … Continue reading

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Blog Security

Some of my visitors may have noticed that Google claims my site is not secure. This popped up as an issue a couple weeks (months?) ago. In true techno-denial fashion, my regular M.O., I was ignoring it because I really … Continue reading

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What’s Ahead in 2019…

…or, reading, writing, coaching, oh my! It’s been a minute since I updated my blog, mostly because the holiday season hit me like an overscheduled, frenetic, wrecking ball of joy and fun. To say I was upset about that would … Continue reading

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Wandering Around the San Juan Bautista Mission

The other day I found myself having completed all the work for the first two classes in my MFA, which had somehow resulted in a massive case of writer’s block. Instead of sitting and staring at the blinking cursor, I … Continue reading

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Please, give me patience…

This past week has been an exercise in patience, thanks to the ever-labyrinthine world of military health care bureaucracy. And military child care bureaucracy. And some other military bureaucracy. Don’t get me wrong. A few hours spent in the house … Continue reading

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An abundance…

Lately, I have not been blessed by an abundance when it comes to getting words down on paper. I own this as my fault. I’ve packed a number of activities and errands into my life, and have therefore made it … Continue reading

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