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Same face, different writer

When I started writing novels in my mid-forties, I began the journey with several clear understandings about how I work. As an executive, my efficiency had depended upon particular features of my temperament I assumed were enduring. As a writer, I tried to apply those same aspects to my new career.

  • I don’t like to multi-task. I hyper-focus on things and grind it out until it’s done. No breaks, no stops, no rest for the weary.
  • I get more accomplished by hyper-focus thing then I would taking breaks or jumping from task to task. Nose to the grindstone, that’s me.
  • I like deep focusing on one thing. Write one series at a time, live in it, know it backward and forward. No distractions.
  • I write better at night.
  • I crave deadlines.

Understanding that this was who I was, and this is how I worked for years, this is how I started my writing career.

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Aries New Moon 2019: Fresh Starts and New Beginnings

When I decided in January to leave KindleUnlimited, it was a difficult choice. I’m profoundly introverted, and I think rather slowly about the most significant decisions. Besides, I have a fierce loyalty toward those I feel an obligation to. All of those things made booking out of the Amazon-exclusive machine a tense, nerve-wracking decision.

The math, though, didn’t work. I wish it had because being Amazon-exclusive was undoubtedly easier in many ways.

It felt like a New Moon in a lot of ways.

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An Author that used to oversee DMCA compliance at a web host weighs in on ebook piracy.

Last week the writing community exploded with fury over a pirate ebook site. It’s one of many, to be sure, and how this book site became the source of such anger and consternation after years serving free pirated content to the masses is not clear. What is clear is that this caused deep emotional turmoil for many independent writers. They vented much rage on various social media sites.

Much rage. Super lots of rage.

I am not writing this post to add to the vitriol.

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