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Analytics: Not the Bottom Line

Analytics. They thrill. They kill. Thanks to technology, we are able to track so many things. Blog hits. Followers. Views. Even site of referral and the viewer's city. I should know. I administrate four Facebook pages and two Twitter pages, handle stats on two blogs, and maintain two websites. Every week, stats bombard me, either … Continue reading Analytics: Not the Bottom Line

Bookshelf Challenge

I have been nominated for the Bookshelf Challenge by Donna L. H. Smith. (Check out her blog here.) It sounds like fun, and hope you enjoy. The Rules For the Bookshelf Tag: Answer the following questions about books, and then tag five other bloggers. You can answer the questions any way you want, whether it’s on … Continue reading Bookshelf Challenge

Rest: Five Things I Learned on Sabbatical

I feel as if I need to reintroduce myself now that I'm back from sabbatical. I hope I've changed since being away, and I know The Empty Inkwell will look a little different from now on too. Check out my last post or the About page for more information about changes. Without further ado, let's get into it: The … Continue reading Rest: Five Things I Learned on Sabbatical

The Empty Inkwell: Changing and Returning Soon

You may or may not have noticed an absence of posts here of late. And for that, I refer to my May 21st post, "When the Words Won't Come." A lot of things were happening at once for me, and I had to let some aspects of writing go in order to keep my focus … Continue reading The Empty Inkwell: Changing and Returning Soon

The Writer as an Editor

Love it or hate it, editing is an important part of every writer's role. If you're like me, 75% of time spent on a manuscript will be refining, be it through rewrites, edits, proofreading, or tweaking after feedback. Today at When Readers Write, I'm blogging about The Writer as an Editor. In my post, I share … Continue reading The Writer as an Editor

Hard Decisions

Today, I declined an offer I’ve always dreamed of accepting. Two months ago, when I received the email with the writing-related offer, I was flattered and excited, but for various reasons, it was not possible for me to immediately accept. There was a difficult decision before me. It was as if I’d been walking along the writer’s … Continue reading Hard Decisions

When the Words Won’t Come

One of my favorite quotes from Einstein was the speech he gave at a college banquet: "I have nothing to say." All too often, writers are expected to have much to communicate. To be able to churn out something epic on demand. But all too often, the words aren't there, often when we need them … Continue reading When the Words Won’t Come

Over at WRW today…

My post "The Melody Between Words" is featuring on When Readers Write today. Hope you can stop by! While you're there, take a look at some of the other posts by WRW's authors. The group blog has been up and running since the beginning of April, and there's a great variety of topics for readers and writers alike. If you stop by, … Continue reading Over at WRW today…

One Part Calling, Another Part Compulsion

Not long ago, someone asked why I chose to pursue writing. Responses for how, when, and where came to mind, but why was more elusive. After a moment's consideration, the only way I could describe it was: "It was one part calling, another part compulsion." Eric Liddell, portrayed in the film Chariots of Fire, said, "I believe … Continue reading One Part Calling, Another Part Compulsion

New Beginnings

It's spring. Finally. Branches bear the tint of new life. The robins are in full force. Easter has been, bringing with it the reminder of that one Life that has made everything new. It was such a long winter. More than once during those bitter months I wondered if the season would ever end. In many ways, … Continue reading New Beginnings