Has California taken PC lunacy to a new level?

Well, it’s official. The world has gone PC coo-coo, and California is leading the charge. There is no other way to describe it.

On October 4th, 2017, the Governor of California, Jerry Brown, signed legislation that will make lodging and showering facilities in aged-care homes effectively unisex — regardless how the residents feel about it — and send carers (nurses and doctors) to jail for up to one year if they mispronounce someone’s name. SB-219 amends the Health and Safety Code, adding clauses that are filled with ambiguity.

While it may seem like I’m making a joke about it, I’m not. It’s all a matter of wording, and how people can interpret those words. This is a can of worms that is about to wriggle all across the ground, out of control.Read More

New Goals and New Strategies

Occasionally, life happens, forcing us to reevaluate our priorities and goals. The last few months for me have definitely fallen into this category.

There has been the spectacular (such as the RWNZ conference and the release of Hidden Traps). There has been the things that terrify me (such as my oldest turning 16). However, there has also been those things that I’m not exactly sure how to quantify.

By now, my faithful followers have already worked out exactly where this post is heading. For those new to my chaotic mind, it’s time to reexamine the goals.
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Conference recovery and motivation

My followers on Facebook and Twitter will know that I recently attended the RWNZ Conference in Rotorua, New Zealand. I had forgotten how beautiful that part of the country was — and how smelly. Let’s face it, there is a reason that many Kiwis affectionately call the region Rotten-rua: the entire region is dominated by active volcanic activity which often leaves a sulfur smell hanging in the air. (Nothing like the smell of rotten eggs in the morning.)

However, my trip to Rotorua was awesome on so many levels. It helped me to get my head on straight and to see things for the way they really are.
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At least I have non-fiction.

At times, I feel like a fraud. I’m sure many writers go through this phase often enough. We work our asses off to craft our stories, perfecting our craft, but we struggle to get noticed. It’s rejection after rejection, with no real reason why.

Sometimes, the ones who surround us will flaunt their successes. You look at them and question everything that you know. They’re pumping out the stories, yet, you struggle to get just the one finished. And they get contract after contract, but you have yet to work up the nerve to even begin the query process for the second time.

Yep, self doubt is a constant state for many writers, and this writer is not exempt.Read More

The mind is reeling… but not on blogs.

There are times when writers find that it is hard to focus — or at least I do. I'll admit that I have so many different projects going on at once that trying to keep my mind on one task long enough to finish it can be trying.

Cover for Hidden TrapsConfession time: I have over 25 different manuscripts in the works, all in differing states of development, ranging from just a few jotted lines on a piece of paper through to a full manuscript that is ready to go out the door. And with the looming release of Hidden Traps just around the corner, I haven't had the chance to work on any of them. Instead I've been so focused on the marketing campaign for Hidden Traps and the supplementary material. The creative wandering brain has fizzled from exhaustion. Dare I say it, so has my random thoughts generator for my blog posts.

I so need to curl up in bed and sleep for a week. But I can't. I must push on.

But it's not fair on my readers to generate some mediocre post. So, it's time to revisit some of the old ones again.

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