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IWSG & DFWcon: Because Writing Conferences & Insecurity Go Hand in Hand!

  IWSG & DFWcon ReCap I’m combining my DFWcon Recap along with an IWSG check-in because, in my case at least, writing conferences and writing insecurities go hand-in-hand! IWSG stands for “Insecure Writers Support Group.” It’s a monthly check-in, and this is my very first time joining the group. Hi, everyone! Last weekend was the DFW Writer’s Conference a.k.a. DFWcon (DFW stands for “Dallas – Fort Worth” for those who may not know.) It’s my 3rd year attending, but it’s the first time I was both an attendee *and* a vendor. Yup – I manned (womanned? personed?) a table to…

How to Avoid Death by Writing

Sitting is good. No, wait! It’s bad! I know it’s obvious, but here you go: Writers write. It’s that simple. If you want to call yourself a writer, you had better spend a bit of your time putting words onto the page.¬†As Mary Heaton Vorse¬†summed it up, “The art of writing is the art of applying the seat of the pants to the seat of the chair.” But herein lies the rub. More and more studies are coming out which say that sitting for long periods of time is bad for you, really, really bad for you. If you don’t…

Self Publishing Goals: Falling Behind & Trying Not to Freak Out

Self Publishing Progress Report My Row80 writing goals are to self-publish my quirky Texas travel guide in March of this year, and to report on my progress each Wednesday, so here you go: The first step towards self-publishing is to simply get my manuscript written. In order to achieve this, over the past several months I’ve spent two hours each night, as well as twelve hours each weekend researching and writing the book. My original plan was to have a finished manuscript by mid-January and for a while I thought I was on schedule… Well, here we are at January…

Literary Nails: Fashion Fun for Readers & Writers

Nail Polish as an Ice Breaker According to The Colorful History of Nail Polish, the custom of painting fingernails dates all the way back to ancient Babylon, when males wore different shades to denote their social status, with lower class wearing green and upper class wearing black. For me, nail polish became a part of my routine when I was a barista. Swiping finely ground espresso off of a portafilter all day can give you brown-tinged fingernails no matter how many times you wash your hands. Keeping my nails clipped short and brightly painted was cute-yet-practical solution. I no longer…

DFWCON: DFW Writers Conference in Hurst, Texas

DFWCON I recently attended my first-ever writers conference, the Dallas – Fort Worth Writers Conference, a.k.a. DFWCON in Hurst, Texas. I had such a great time! As you can see, I snapped a few photos with my iPhone, which I then posted on Twitter, Facebook & Instagr.am, because that’s the way I roll. I stayed at the Hampton Inn in Hurst, Texas for the event and although it’s only 45 minutes from my house, I felt like I was on a big trip. Weekend Getaway My husband came over each night after work, took me out to dinner, then stayed…