My New Book Released Today! Between the Shadow and Lo Now Available on Amazon

I spent the years of my early 20s in Seattle as a raging alcoholic, feeling like I was split between two different personalities. Between the Shadow and Lo  is an autobiographical novel of many of the experiences I went through during those years. The book deals with addiction, depression, extreme dysfunction, and the dark side of life.

Starting today, Between the Shadow and Lo is available in ebook ($2.99) and in paperback.

Thank you, as always, for your support my dear writer friends.

I really couldn’t have written this book without you.

Three Types of Writers Have Trouble Finishing Things. Which One Are You?

I don’t know if it’s that time of year or what, but I’ve been getting a lot of emails from writers lately about finishing things. This is also a topic that comes up frequently in my coaching sessions with writers. Lots and lots of writers out there are terrified that they will never be successful—or even halfway decent—because they have a lot of trouble finishing things. Continue Reading

5 Ways to Write a Soul-Stirring Love Story

Today’s guest post comes from my brilliant writer friend Cheryl Muir, an expert on love and relationships (as well as lust and attraction) and also an author who loves to break through barriers and question the norm. Cheryl’s taught me so much about creativity and character development that I couldn’t wait to host this article from her:

There are certain love stories that stand the test of time.

Jack and Rose from Titanic.

Allie and Noah from the Notebook.

John and Mary from the superhero movie Hancock (no, seriously – if you’ve watched it, you know the plot twist as well as I do!) Continue Reading

I Had to Move to San Francisco to Find My Creative Tribe. How Can You Find Yours?

When I was a kid I wanted nothing more than to live in the big city. I grew up in a small town in rural Michigan, in a farmhouse, literally surrounded by cows and cornfields. So when I fantasized about the future I imagined bright lights and millions of people. New York City was my first choice, followed closely by somewhere awesome in California.

Well, I did end up moving away. First to Ann Arbor when I was 17, and then onto Seattle when I was 21. I ended up in San Francisco by the time I was 25. Each of these places was difficult to adapt to and navigate. Housing was expensive, parking was sometimes impossible, and I had to be aware and vigilant in a way I never had to in my small town amongst the cornfields. Continue Reading

The Pros and Cons of Being an INTJ Writer

I’ve been getting requests for a post specifically on INTJ writers for a while now. The only problem was that I didn’t feel at all qualified to speak on behalf of all the INTJ writers out there (as I’m such a solid feeling type myself). So I recruited my writer friend Phillip McCollum, who is an awesome blogger as well as an INTJ, to help me out on this one. Continue Reading