Friday, January 30, 2015

Career Day

I was recently invited to speak during Career Day at my old high school. Needless to say, I had a blast! It was pretty cool getting to connect with students and talk about writing, both Technical Writing and Fiction Writing.

I hadn’t been back to my high school since I graduated fourteen years ago, so it was kind of a trip to see all that had changed. The students were awesome though, and really enthusiastic to learn more about how they could make a living as a writer of one sort or another in the working world. I’d definitely go back and speak again.

I know we writers are supposed to be somewhat introverted and stick to written text, but I actually enjoy public speaking and have a lot of fun connecting with people interested in writing. If I enjoy speaking at the upcoming San Francisco Writer’s Conference half as much as I did speaking at Career Day, then I’m sure I’ll have a great time there too. Wish me luckJ  

Monday, January 12, 2015

Speaking at Upcoming Writer’s Conference!!!

I’ve been invited to talk at this year’s San Francisco Writer’s Conference! As a former attendee turned (soon-to-be) published author, I’ve been asked to talk during the opening gathering that kicks off the several-day extravaganza. I’ll be addressing all 500 to 600 attendees at the Mark Hopkins Hotel. No pressure.

I’m a big fan of this prestigious conference, having attended it myself several times in the last few years. During each conference, I’ve learned invaluable information and techniques that have definitely helped me pursue my writing goals. I’ve also met lots of cool people and fellow writers there.

The conference starts on February 13, and I’m pretty psyched to say the least. It’s a bit surreal to speak to an audience that I once sat in myself, talking about my upcoming book. But just in case this really is a dream, please don’t pinch me;)     

Friday, January 2, 2015

Welcome 2015, Year of the Future

Watching a Back to the Future marathon this New Year’s made me realize that when Marty goes into the future the year is 2015. This year! So what can we expect to see in this pivotal 2015?

Flying cars, self-lacing sneakers, self-drying clothes, automated dog-walkers, and, oh wait…. Well, at least they got the hover-boards right, sort of. I’m looking forward to that predicted Cubs World Series win too. Anyhow, I thought I’d start the New Year’s off light, since I’m not a big resolutions kind of guy. I just prefer to live the way I want year round.

We’ve got another baby on the way, so I’ll probably periodically forget what year I’m in anyway. But at least I’ll be finishing up my edits for my two books coming out next year with St. Martin’s Press. I guess the future’s looking pretty bright!

So what are you looking forward to this 2015?