I don’t think I’ll be blogging much over the next 10 days. The kids are off school, and we’ll be going to New York, having some family over, and skiing. So here’s a round-up of a few things on my mind:
I want to start holiday shopping through the year. I don’t particularly like shopping, though I like finding good gifts for people… read more »
Last spring, a number of you generously offered to read a draft of my novel. Your feedback helped tremendously. I’ve done a lot of revising over the last few months, and I would love to get more feedback on what is working and what is not. If you’re interested in being a beta-reader, please let me know: lvanderkam at yahoo dot com.
Here’s a ver… read more »
Whenever people ask how to make a living as a writer, veterans in the field tend to offer this tip: specialize. You become known for a topic, which means that you have ready access to all publications covering that topic, and you also know who are the right sources and what’s the most current research. That means that each piece takes less time to write. Especi… read more »
I’ve been spending a lot of time lately revising my novel. It’s set in a small town in Pennsylvania, and while the town is fictional, when I think of the geography, I think of Jim Thorpe, PA. Jim Thorpe is alternately cute and run down and, wedged as it is between the Lehigh River and the hills, it’s got a certain drama in its landscape. It̵… read more »
Last week, I was feeling pretty unhappy about the novel. I picked it up for the first time in a few months, and as I read through it, I felt it wasn’t working the way I wanted it to work. I was not terribly excited about putting more work into the thing, given how much work I’ve already invested (ah, sunk costs).
But, as some of you predicted, now that I’ve sta… read more »