And on Day 688

December 13th, 2014Posted by Veronica

688 days. After I finish this entry, I’ll have put down over 510,000 words over the span of those days. Some have gone to first drafts, others to second or sixth drafts. Some have gone to the stories for the last of the Secret World Chronicle books. Some have gone to outlines and character studies [...]

Community-Induced Self-Doubt

December 4th, 2014Posted by Veronica

One of the biggest truths for my students to swallow is that I fake extroversion on a daily basis. The energetic instructor with a touch of geek-snark and a willingness to use a viral video to make a point would be just as comfortable sitting at a table in the campus cafe with her coffee, [...]

On to December’s Wordcount

December 1st, 2014Posted by Veronica

And so, December has arrived. Two more weeks of the semester until Fall 2014 comes to a close, and I can begin looking at the Spring semester and all it will hold. As I type this, it is twenty-four days until Christmas, which means that it will be about twenty-two days until I get to [...]

Countdown to Comps

November 12th, 2014Posted by Veronica

Every time I think I’ve told all of the people with faces about my pursuit of a doctoral degree and my yearlong woes of deferring my comprehensive exams in light of dayjob obligations, someone appears surprised that I’ve scheduled exams for this January. A few inquiries for long-term projects have received answers that recording new [...]

November Already? Really?

November 9th, 2014Posted by Veronica

It would appear that the last “public” post I made on the blog happened in the middle of October. According to all of the calendars at my disposal, we’re nearly a third of the way into November, and lots of things have happened since that last post. While some challenges have come up, most things [...]

Mid-October News and Updates

October 21st, 2014Posted by Veronica

I’m overdue for an update over on the Magic Spreadsheet. It’s not that I haven’t been writing; far from it, as I’ve made time each day to work on a story outline or put down more words for the early draft of book five for Secret World Chronicle. At the moment, I have no less [...]

End of September Status Update

September 30th, 2014Posted by Veronica

With October starting up and another cycle of projects in the mix, I figured it was time for an update of sorts with respect to creative projects and academia. If anything, it keeps me honest and provides a point of reference for people who wonder if I really am *that* busy (and why I can’t [...]

What “Busy” Means These Days

September 17th, 2014Posted by Veronica

Some people do introduction posts on their blogs, while others do project updates for their various creative endeavors. Since I teach time management as part of my dayjob and write about how to balance different roles and projects, it’s time for me to do something a little different. I’ve had some folks over on Facebook [...]

The Creative (and busy!) Professional

September 12th, 2014Posted by Veronica

Keeping things professional is a priority for any person who wants to be successful in the independent creative sphere. When it comes to authors and narrators, this comes up time and again. Doing a long-term project such as a book series or a multi-season podcast requires professional interaction with readers/listeners, but it’s a challenge when [...]

Reading Erotica Sans Pseudonym

August 29th, 2014Posted by Veronica

This might come as a surprise to some people who only know me for narrating the Secret World Chronicle series, or The Ballad of Iron Percy, or The Diary of Jill Woodbine. But… I narrate erotica. And I do it under my own name. And, guess what? I consider it one of my talents when [...]