Good Kid with a Wild Streak

I have a knack for ‘stepping in it’. My life has been a series of funny tales. Here are a few of my favs (from my recent post on I Heart Lesfic):

The Prince: When I was in ninth grade, my friend Kathleen threw a massive party at her house. It was a blast, but my parents made me come home when they found out no adult was present. Total drag. After my father picked me up, I dutifully went to bed, or at least that’s what my parents thought. My friends had other ideas. They decided to come get me and bring me back to the party. Sure, they were all too young to drive, but that wasn’t going to stand in their way. Kathleen’s mom had this sweet wood paneled Buick station wagon. It was just sitting in the garage, begging to be driven.Continue reading “Good Kid with a Wild Streak”

The 3 Biggest Mistakes I Made With My First Novel

Okay, I’ll be the first to admit I made a lot of mistakes when I published my first novel, but three really stand out especially because, if I hadn’t made them, it would have prevented me from making a long list of other mistakes. 

The three big mistakes I made:

  1. Not reaching out to and interacting with other authors before I was published
  2. Not using beta readers
  3. Not getting my name out there early in the game (I’m primarily talking about on social media)

Of course, all three of these mistakes are invariably linked. If I’d developed relationships with other authors before I was an author myself, it would have helped to get my name out there, etc.Continue reading “The 3 Biggest Mistakes I Made With My First Novel”

What Flying Might Look Like in a Post-Coronavirus World

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Since coronavirus arrived on the scene, hundreds of millions of people have lost their jobs and an innumerable number of small and large business have been crushed financially.

For nearly twenty years, I worked in the airline industry, and it’s devasting to talk to my friends who still do. My old co-workers and I are a tight bunch, and most of us are aviation nerds. A few of them sent me pics of items they have on their desks or bookshelves.

Like many other sectors, demand for the service airlines provide evaporated virtually overnight. According to the TSA, the number of people traveling by plane has dropped by about 96% amid the coronavirus pandemic.

When we do return to the skies after all of this, I’m guessing flying will look and feel different than it did pre-coronavirus. Some of my predictions:Continue reading “What Flying Might Look Like in a Post-Coronavirus World”