Every writing conference I’ve ever been to has a breakout session titled: PANTSER OR PLOTTER?
Beginning writers flock to these things because they think it’s an important part of the writing process when the question is really a matter of personal work habits.
Many successful writers plant their tail in front of the keyboard and start pounding out copy while others need a detailed plan before the muse flickers to life. Plotters take the risk they’ll plan until infinity before rolling up their sleeves and working; writing from the seat of your pants can lead to rambling pros in need of heavy editing.Read More
How many friends do you have? Thirty? More? Ten or less? It’s an interesting question because it determines a great deal of our happiness.
Loneliness is feared as much as the night. Losing a spouse or loved one cuts deep as we know how much we’ll miss the dearly departed.Read More
I was contacted recently by an old acquaintance. Brad is a reader of this blog and started to take exception to my style of writing. He felt any idiot could write a blog and I can assure you any idiot is writing this one. He felt it beneath a CPA to write what I do…Read More
We’re going to start the New Year out a bit different from what you’re used to in this community. Rather than talk about money I’ll be telling a story. My stories are always true in this blog with modifications to fit the content, size of the post and to protect players. Today’s post is a…Read More
I can clearly remember the first time I heard about the Pay it Forward philosophy. The year was 2002; the location Schenectady, New York; the event Albacon. Back in those days Mrs. Accountant and I were groupies of the science fiction convention circuit. The insanity only lasted a few years, but it was a fun…Read More
Think of the most beautiful sound you ever heard. I bet it was the sound of a child singing at Christmas time (or holiday of your religion). The video above of children singing Christmas Canon for the Trans-Siberian Orchestra is a moving sound. It echoes into the heart and soul as their voices lift.…Read More
For thousands of years in the Western world the best way to be noticed was to have your book banned by the church. Intelligent modern authors would welcome such attention as it guarantees their work will be lifted from obscurity into the light. Every year books are banned. Sadly, your favorite accountant has never made…Read More
It’s easy to forget to feel grateful for all the awesomeness in our lives. We get lulled into a false sense of superiority in our abilities when the blessings flow unfettered. Only when the boom is lowered do we begin to look around and notice how lucky we have been. It’s the Thanksgiving holiday here…Read More