Back when I was struggling to write one or two books a year, I had an awful idea. I decided I would write a column for an online publication outside the Sudden Insight umbrella. It was a bad idea because I was writing so slow, and had too many other things to do. Also, the money was not worth mentioning; it makes more sense to offer something for free on our website than essentially give it away to someone else’s. Now that I’m doing a column of sorts, I’m even more relieved that it all fell through than I was when it first did. ‘Why I Love To Write’ is a better idea than ‘Norry’s Toolbox’ was. Of course, as a guy with many literal and metaphorical toolboxes, I still think it was pretty clever.
I was going to edit it; but I already did, multiple times. Rather than give you an updated version, I’ll let you know that this is an old post; when this all gets compiled, this section will change a bit. In the meantime, it’s a fine place to get started. I hope you enjoy it, the first article that never was from the column that never will be. (Well, never say never…)
Norry’s Toolbox #001
“Sometimes You’re the Hammer . . .” Continue reading “Why I Love To Write Bonus Post – That’s a Lot of Words”
Things got pretty busy around here in March. The funny thing is, much of us being busy was all about getting ready for an even busier month in April. Oh, and look at that…here it is already! Happy April! I don’t think I could be much more excited about what is coming up.
Today I released the second of eighteen short stories to my newsletter subscribers, supporting content for my upcoming novel Zombie Zero: The First Zombie. Hop on over and subscribe if you want, if you’re not already: the only way to get all eighteen short stories is to sign up. I would tell you all about the benefits of being a member of The Secret Society of Deeper Meaning but…well, it’s kind of a secret. If you are already getting my weekly messages, hopefully you aren’t having any trouble decoding them; and thank you for stopping by here as well.
Continue reading “#TodayIAmAWriter – A Busy Month”
If you have only just discovered Sudden Insight Publishing, we have some exciting news! If you follow us on social media, or on our website, thank you for that…and sorry for all the book festival talk. It’s just that we’re really quite excited, and we can’t help but let it show. The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books is one of the largest book showcase and sales events in the world, and Dawn and I are going!
Continue reading “Reblog: The Story Behind The Stories #005 – Our First Big Book Event”
I have written books and product reviews in my head as far back as I can remember. Now that the books are finally getting out there, it only stands to reason that the reviews should follow. It has only been in the last couple years that I have realized how important reviews are, and how much they can mean to an artist or creator. I always thought that any comments I left would disappear into a black hole where no one would read them, and the creator would never know of them. I had no idea that a customer review can make an artist’s day, or encourage others to follow their work; and honestly, I thought customer reviews and testimonials were always fake. Continue reading “Reblog: The Story Behind the Stories #003 – Reviews”
[This journal entry is from October 15th, 1997. As always, Jay’s current thoughts about this entry are in the post script. Enjoy! – Dawn]
Before I Was… I Am; After I Am… I Am
Do you remember the games you played as a child? One day you were the good guy, next day you were the bad guy, one day you played race car driver, next day you played house. Sometimes you’d get a whole group of people together to play house; you were all peers, all about the same age. Everyone decided who would play the mother, who would play the father, who would be brother and sister, aunt and uncle… then the next day you’d all switch roles without missing a beat. Everyone stumbled along, acting out their roles with random perfection. There were those kids who wanted to control the whole production, those who would go along with it and those who wouldn’t, those who pretended to know everything and those who admitted they didn’t. Continue reading “Before I Was… I Am; After I Am… I Am”