I did our taxes tonight. Which, in this age of TurboTax, doesn’t sound like a big deal. And in years past, it wasn’t. I plugged in my W-2 info, my student loan interest paid, and called it a day. But now it’s different. A lot different! And not just because I’m filing jointly, but because my wife is a priest, and their taxes aren’t like anyone else I know. Every time she pays to park at a hospital? Deduction. Dry cleaning her black priest shirts? Deduction. Plus, she’s considered self-employed in NYC, so there’s the Metropolitan Commuter Transportation Mobility Tax, which is as confusing to figure out as it is to say.
Seriously, it was a two day event, ending at almost 2:00 AM. So yeah, I’m excited that I finished. Finally!
When I was just weeks old, my parents were given a prescription for hydrocortisone cream for my stupid skin. It came in a little white tub with a black lid. Why do I remember that? Because that tub was a constant in my life until probably junior high. Now my prescription comes in a metal tube like a fancy toothpaste. Continue Reading
I’ve been doing a lot of reading lately about writing via dictation, and when I combine what I’ve learned with the fact that it hurts a lot to write because of the car wreck, Continue Reading
My father says, “Whoever steals from me steals twice.” In other words, if you think my idea is good enough to steal, I’ve probably stolen it from someone else. In this case, Clarice Creates talked about writing backstory today. I won’t tell you what she said, but you should definitely read it yourself here.
that’s me, stealing from Clarice
Writing backstory is one of my weaknesses. Actually, I take that back, writing backstory isn’t that hard for me… brainstorming backstory is.
What do I mean by that? Continue Reading
This week I attended the Smarter Artist Summit (SAS) in Austin, TX. It was hosted by “the boys” of Sterling & Stone. They write fiction, non-fiction, and host like 9 podcasts, including the Self Publishing Podcast (NSFW). I know that’s all a mouthful, but these guys are a handful. So it makes sense.
Me, exhausted after day 1 of SAS
This week I will be in Austin, TX to attend the Smarter Artist Summit, hosted by the guys behind the Self Publishing Podcast.
click on pic to open Sterling and Stone podcast network in iTunes
“Oh, you’re a writer? Do you have a blog?”
I really wanted to answer, “No, I have a book,” but that felt kinda snarky. Instead I explained yes I do, but because of a car accident and hectic work schedule since December, it hadn’t been updated in long time. Which is all true, but it still sounded excuse-y.
I should have just answered, “Yeah, but I suck at updating it.”
I suck. Sorry.
The TV show My So-Called Life helped my word count. No, really. Here’s a little post I wrote for my home region on the National Novel Writing Month forum. The question was about tips, tricks, or anecdotes to help get to 50,000 words in 30 days.
Here’s me, working hard.
“Need just a (very) little extra help with word count? Remember Jordan Catalano? Continue Reading
In January of 2012, while still working on the first draft of Runaways, I attended an event at Books of Wonder, here in NYC. The authors on the panel that night were Carrie Ryan, Beth Revis, Julie Cross, Megan Miranda, and Maureen Lipinski. During the Q&A portion I asked this question:
“Do you feel confined now that you’re labelled as a Young Adult author?” Continue Reading
Runaways (The Orbiters, book 1) is now for sale! And I’m still a little dazed that I am now “an author” versus “a writer.” Take a look at this screen shot!
My book! For sale! That’s crazy!
Last Wednesday night, Continue Reading