Inside the Mind of a Writer

Why Indie? The Answer Might Surprise You…

I’m proud to say I’m an indie author. What does that mean, you ask? Quite simply, it means that I am responsible for every aspect of writing, publishing, and marketing my work. This is the point where most people tend to look at me with an odd expression and ask, “Why would you want to… Continue reading Why Indie? The Answer Might Surprise You…

Inside the Mind of a Writer, Messages from CJ's desk

Who’s Afraid of the Big Blank Page

We've all been there before. Whether writing a novel, a report, a blog post, or a menu for the week when you don’t feel like cooking. You find yourself staring at the dreaded blank page. The one that’s supposed to capture your brilliant thoughts and ideas as they flow from your fingertips. The curser sits… Continue reading Who’s Afraid of the Big Blank Page

Inside the Mind of a Writer

Still in the Race . . . A Brief Update for All You Inquiring Minds

I know I've been quiet for a few weeks, but I'm still here. Recently, I’ve heard a lot of authors, some wildly successful, say that the hardest part of writing a book is actually finishing the story. Following their advice, last month I changed my normal writing process and set out to finish writing my… Continue reading Still in the Race . . . A Brief Update for All You Inquiring Minds

Inside the Mind of a Writer

A New Year, New Goals, and a New Plan of Attack

Happy New Year! . . . and good riddance to 2015. Yeah, I know I’m a week late. I have a really good excuse though! I've been busy writing. I never make New Year resolutions—those things most people toss around casually with no real intention of following through on. Anyone can throw out a general statement: This year I’m… Continue reading A New Year, New Goals, and a New Plan of Attack

Inside the Mind of a Writer

2015: The Year of Lessons Learned…and the End of the Foolish Dreamer

  I started my blog about six months ago. Since then, I’ve written several posts that talk about my dream of becoming an author. I even wrote a post solely devoted to the idea. (Chasing A Dream) But here’s the thing I’ve come to realize about dreams: most times they’re unrealistic fantasies, things we wish… Continue reading 2015: The Year of Lessons Learned…and the End of the Foolish Dreamer

Messages from CJ's desk

The Joy of Christmas Distractions

I love Christmas: the traditions, the decorations, the scents, and the general feeling of cheer that emerges all around. For my family, the holiday season begins with a trip to the tree farm the weekend after Thanksgiving. It’s a tradition we began over twenty years ago, when my sons were toddlers. I have so many… Continue reading The Joy of Christmas Distractions