The New Vangie Vale Mystery is Finally Here!

I love new books. The excitement of sharing a story you’ve been working on for many months is a double-edged sword. You love it and you are hoping your readers will love it as well. I wanted you all to know that the next Vangie Vale mystery is now available on Amazon. Vangie Vale And The Strangled Strudel features a [...]

Firefighters Are Not Sexy

I was having a conversation with a writer friend, when she said, "I don't care what anyone says... firefighters are NOT sexy." I will admit to being a little flabbergasted, because I felt like any profession where heroism was the norm would be considered a "sexy" profession. But it turns out, her family is full of firefighters. Not her husband, [...]

The Problem With Setting Goals

I've been working through a couple of goal-setting books in the last couple of weeks. I won't name either one of them, because there is nothing magic about the particular goal-setting book you use. They're all mostly the same. They all encourage you to set goals (six, ten, fifteen, whatever number) and then ask you to break down those goals [...]

Productivity Hacks For Writers

Many of us don't realize the kind of effect our immediate environment has on our productivity. So at the onset of NaNoWriMo, we're going to have a quick conversation about your environment. Have you ever had one of these experiences? You're a commonly kind and loving person. Bright. Warm. But when you're in your mother's house, you find yourself saying [...]

#amreading Summer Reading Challenge

We're opening the Summer Reading Scavenger Hunt with the announcement of the categories. The graphic to the left is the "official" version of the list. I'll try to keep this posted regularly, so you can see what the categories are. Here's how to play. You can participate via the Becca Nation Facebook group (or the R.L. Syme / Becca Boyd Facebook [...]