This has been a week for interesting news—some tragic, some really exciting. I'm not ready to share everything, but I did want to give a few highlights.

This week I was interviewed for the Author Biz Podcast with Stephen Campbell, and for the AuthorStrong Podcast with Mat Morris and Nancy Elliot. No word on release dates for those interviews, but both of them were amazing fun. So I can't wait for you to hear them! I'll post links when they go live.

I also conducted a few interviews of my own this week, including talking with Johnny Andrews about his new Author Platform Rocket service, for the Wordslinger Podcast, and chatting with bestselling author Lawrence M. Schoen for Creative Writing Career. Look for those interviews on upcoming episodes!

More progress on my new book The Coelho Medallion, as I top the 45% mark. I'm thoroughly enjoying this book, and can't wait to get this first draft completed. This is a bit different from my other work—a story in the vein of Dan Brown's "Da Vinci Code" or the books of James Rollins. I'm about to hop back to the beginning to retool a bit, after discovering that I have a new plot twist I'd like to set up better. That, ladies and gentlemen, is as much fun as an author can dream of. You're going to love this book.

That's the short list. Now let's take a look at this week in blogging and podcasting.

This week on the blog

This week on the podcasts


For some people, just having a writing career is fantasy enough. For Garrett Robinson, being a bestselling fantasy author was just part of the story—and the rest involves a growing career on YouTube as well as heading the fantasy arm of Sterling & Stone. Garrett has some great advice for the will-be author and the will-be YouTuber alike. Tune in to learn how to make fantasy become your new reality.

SPA 55: Improvisation and Revising for Writers

The guys discuss the rules of improv, as they apply to writers. Comedy improvisation rules are things like, "never say 'no,'" "yes/and," etc. But while these "rules" are helpful and can lead to really funny improvised comedy, it can also be a detriment to your story arcs.

CWC Ep20: Writing SciFi and Fantasy with SFWA member LJ Cohen

Lisa Janice (LJ) Cohen shares her advice on writing speculative fiction, how to approach craft, and what joining memberships like SFWA means.

LJ Cohen is a poet, novelist, blogger, local food enthusiast, Doctor Who fan, and relentless optimist. Lisa lives just outside of Boston with her family, two dogs (only one of which actually ever listens to her) and the occasional international student. When not doing battle with a stubborn Jack Russell Terrier mix, Lisa can be found writing, which looks a lot like daydreaming. She writes SF, Fantasy, and YA novels under the name LJ Cohen.

Evergreen - Still on sale for just $2.99 through 29 February 2016!

You can still pick up a copy of one of my most popular books, Evergreen, for just $2.99, wherever ebooks are sold! Hurry, because as of 1 March we're going back to $5.99—so pick up your copy, and happy reading!

Read a preview right here! 

That's it for this week. Thanks for dropping in, and thanks for reading. I couldn't do any of the above if if weren't for folks just like you! I'll always be grateful.

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