Recently, Charlottesville, Virginia had a spring snowfall. Although such weather events are not unheard of, I found this one worrysome. That morning, the downtown area looked empty. That afternoon, Chenille Books client Zack Bonnie would be presenting his book, Overwritten, the second in his Dead, Insane, or in Jail memoir series, on a panel at the Virginia Festival of the Book (a/k/a VaBook, its Twitter handle
About a week ago, on Saint Patrick’s Day, I drove to Appomattox, Virginia. It was my first visit to the site of Lee’s surrender at the end of the US Civil War. I went there for another reason, though, not to see the historic sights. With Carolyn O’Neal, I was in Appomattox to conduct a workshop with local independent authors and other creative artists about
Hard to believe, but 2017 is almost over. Now that you think about it, maybe that’s a good thing. Anyway, as we’re winding down, preparing for the new year and its bounty, it’s been hard to settle in at the back of the cave, despite cold temperatures and bleak skies here in Central Virginia. Clients both new and existing are pulling together so many cool
Come to the Charlottesville Book Fair on Saturday 18 November Visit the Charlottesville Book Fair on the Saturday before the (US) Thanksgiving holiday weekend. I”ll be there with copies of my writer’s handbook, FLOAT • Becoming Unstuck for Writers. Get your copies signed in plenty of time to wrap them up for holiday gifts. And wait, there’s more! Introducing a New FLOAT Item! And – ta-daaahh!
At the end of my recent guided self-study course for writers, 30 Days to Becoming Unstuck, I delivered on a promise I made early in January: in response to students’ comments, I’d create a new FLOAT tool for them. Well, now it’s time for the big reveal. Here’s what I gave my students, and I hope it is useful. I call it Eight Feet Ahead:
Early one spring morning three young men came to my house as agreed to put some plants into the ground. It was a lovely cool sunny day, and I felt glad to be welcoming some new life to our family’s little piece of Charlottesville, Virginia. I liked my choices. I remembered feeling good the day that I made the decisions and negotiated with the owner of the landscaping company
This is the story of how I got the energy I needed to get unstuck so that I could finish my book about becoming unstuck. You can’t make this stuff up. Sometimes the timing just works out Take this past weekend. I was enjoying the end of 2016’s Virginia Festival of the Book, Charlottesville, VA’s annual bookfest, dedicated to readers and authors and the people
I ordered a tech doodad from Amazon for my office here at Chenille Books. It cost $40, and would solve a problem. No big deal, right? About 5 or ten minutes to install it, and I’d be off and running again, better than ever. Hardly worth mentioning, right? Except when it didn’t arrive. I investigated, the way you do when something doesn’t go as planned.
So, there you are – You have a deadline, you are responsible, things have gone horribly wrong, and you’re doing your best not to just collapse in a puddle or starting ranting or panicking. Yeah, that feeling. Impending meltdown Okay, everyone, breathe deeply, come back to the present moment, and remember you are here now, not in that bad place. I was in that bad
A few years ago, I needed an office. Not long before, I’d moved to a new part of the country, set up a lovely office in my home for a while as I got settled, but it just wasn’t working any more. I had outgrown my safe comfortable space at home. I needed to work in a central location, have meetings, set up the computer, the