State of Things: June 2017 in Review

How is it July already? That just went by too quickly! After tweaking the format for the State of Things last month, we now return to something akin to the format I used for the first part of the year. This monthly address, or report, or whatever you want to call it, will always be…

Berin’s Rules on Zealotry

As a general rule I do not discuss politics, current events, or things that fall under the broad yet somehow predictable category of “news” outside of my own home. While I do slip up occasionally, most of the time I think about what I say before I say it, question myself before I hit send,…

7 Day Setting Design: Day 7

Today I’m faced with a decision. Because I started the day ahead, I could have cut my writing time in half. 4 or 5 word sprints of 1,000 words will put me across the finish line in terms of hitting the word count goal. It would also free me up to do some other work.…

State of Things: May 2017 in Review

This month I’m breaking the standard format for the monthly State of Things report. May has been an atypical month, and June promises to be unusual as well. This was the month that I passed half a million words written year-to-date. Dancing Lights Press just celebrated its first anniversary yesterday. I’m getting the first wave…

Why I Write Reason 17: I t’s a Form of Meditation

In my normal meditation practice, I sit zazen for a period of time each day. The length that I set varied, depending upon a number of factor that include what how I’m feeling physically and how much time I have to devote to the practice. I get myself comfortably into position, clear my mind, and…