Colonel Shifty’s Haiku Made Easy – Query Critique or Poem Giveaway

col shifty mermaid poet

Okay, so I actually used to do this when I worked in a restaurant. On my close-out envelope, I’d write a few 5- and 7-syllable options and ask a coworker to choose and voila, a ready-made haiku. Indulge me? 1st Lines sweet peppers pungent giraffes wear lipstick television light traveling rat spa little mermaid fin … Continue reading

7 Things Your Support Network Needs to Hear

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It’s me, Colonel Shifty again! (You lucky ducks.) Last week I counseled Support Network Personnel in the things their writers need to hear. This week, the message is for writers. What does your Support Network need from you? Now, I know writers are inherently selfish (at least, one in particular that I know well). However, … Continue reading

7 Things Your Writer Needs to Hear

support network superhero

Hi! Colonel Shifty here, reporting with another list of tips for the people who care for writers. Maybe your writer is shy, or passive aggressive, or just so darn busy drafting Book 3 in her series that she can’t manage to tell you what she needs to hear. Granted, some of these things she needs … Continue reading

5 Reasons Why Writers Shouldn’t Drive

Col Shifty Goes for a Drive

Woo! Back from my Social Media Blackout. It was very refreshing. While I’m happy to be back and check in with people, I’m coming away from this with a definite desire to set more limits on my social media use. A comment a writer friend made got me thinking of…this. Blech. Let’s just jump in, … Continue reading

Colonel Shifty’s Handy Dandy Dictionary of Publishing Terms for the Lucky People Who Care for Writers

gopher black & white city street

Hi, Colonel Shifty here. It recently came to my attention that while writers have a lot of support on the webternetz, the lucky souls who love and support writers are often left in the dark. What exactly does it mean to have an agent? What does the query process look like? Isn’t it easy to … Continue reading

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