Archive for December, 2014


Over at http://www.brainpickings.org there’s a great article by Maria Popova, ‘Fixed vs Growth: The two Basic Mindsets That Shape Our Lives’, that not only gives writers permission to fail but refers to failing as a positive way forward to greater achievement. For anyone setting goals for 2015 it’s worth a look. I particularly liked the idea of failing forward at this time of year when we’re all busy telling ourselves that 2015 will be better, that we will write more, publish more, sell more…I love the idea of setting my goals right up there in the stratosphere and then failing spectacularly. It might even make a good story…Happy New to all our family, friends, and followers. Thank you all for a great 2014 and we look forward to writing, publishing and selling at least a dozen Cracker & Gilly Mysteries in 2015…and a special message for my co-author and partner in crime who is wagging it in Hong Kong, 2014 was the year of our infamy while 2015 will be the year riches reign down upon our heads…



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2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,900 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 32 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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I retrieved my beautiful old typewriter from a friend today and, alas, it’s in dire need of rejuvenation. I bought it when my grandfather was alive and he repaired it for me so it broke my heart to see it in such a sad state. But I know, with a bit of love and care and time, it can be fixed.

It’s the end of another year and time to reflect, evaluate and make plans for the new year…Chris Guillebeau has a great series of posts titled, ‘2014 Annual Review: Looking Forward to 2015’ at http://www.chrisguillebeau.com and it made me think.

Our plans for 2014 were simple, publish our middle grade Cracker & Gilly Mysteries and build a platform for our http://www.growingupwriting.com followers.

We achieved this with two novels written, published and launched. We even have our third mystery ready for early 2015. And then there’s the non-fiction book in the writing stages. We have our first Youtube clip, How to Build A Billy Cart, which has a steady and growing following, with more coming in 2015. And we have a marketing strategy for 2015.

Did it happen as quickly as we wanted?? No!! But we are in a great place to greet the new year…how about you??? Is your writing progressing as quickly as you’d like or are your goals more ambitious than your dreams?

There’s nothing wrong with dreams, I say…


Let 2015 bring rejuvenation to your writing…and we look forward to sharing many more pics of our beautiful old Remington as we write our way into another year of hopes and dreams and promises…

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My bother and I wrote a middle grade novel, Dirt Busters, as part of a mystery series but it’s the youtube video I had made, How To Build A Billy-cart, that’s driving sales…why?


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Our summer project: image We’ve made the how-to-build-billy-cart youtube video, written Dirt Busters, Book 2 of our Cracker & Gilly Middle Grade Mystery Series, and now that school’s out for the summer it’s time to work on our non-fiction book, how to write middle-grade fiction.

We have quotes from great authors, examples from illustrators and wise words from readers…and now it’s time to share.

Over the summer we will upload chapters, quotes and advice from successful authors…but we also want to hear from you, so let us know what you think as we share our work with you.

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 find something worth reading

do something worth writing

creating something worth selling

image School’s out and it’s time to get back to the world of writing – do I hear you groan brother dear – with books to read, books to write, books to publish and books to market… image image image image image image

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