The Pescadero & the Guilty Lizard: The Places of Broken Promise Records

Broken Promise Records: Remastered is coming out on September 8th, EXCLUSIVELY on Amazon.com! The book will be re-edited, refined, and there will be a boatload of bonus content including a brand new fifteenth chapter!

I can’t tell you how excited I am for the release of Broken Promise Records: Remastered! Writing that book has truly changed my life and opened me up to things I never thought possible. That book and the characters in it are always going to have a very special place in my heart and the re-release of the book is getting to re-live everything that made writing that book special. To celebrate the countdown to the release, I’m going to release a blog related to the story and the writing process of it. Ultimately, I’m giving you the inside look into the re-release of my debut novel and telling you why you should be excited about it!

This week’s blog is going to explore the places in the book that were based on real locations. The world of Broken Promise Records was grounded in a very real world and yours truly is going to take you on a tour.

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The Write Stuff: My Writing Playlist

By now it’s no secret that I have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). While that is serious, it is manageable, I just have to put certain tools and process into place in order to maintain my levels of productivity. One of my favorite dopamine producing activities while I write is listening to music.

This is another divisive issue among writers — some have to listen to music while they write, others find it distracting. I am someone that has to listen to music, it helps me shift into my creative headspace. Here’s why my brain becomes the ever-loving pain in the ass that it has been: it just be any music I’m listening to, it has to be the right music. It has to be energetic and heavy, melodic and pleasing to the ear. It came to a point where I had to program a specific playlist that my brain could immediately snap to writing mode to.

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Advice For Beginning Writers

[DISCLAIMER]: This blog is another writer focused one — we’ll return to our regularly scheduled buffoonery next week!

More often than not, when new writers become introduced to the Writers Community across several platforms, we feel compelled to offer them advice. We don’t do this because we feel superior or the need to be revered, but because we want them to be as successful as possible. The Writing Community isn’t perfect — there are ups, downs, triumphs, & trepidation, but ultimately we are passionate people who want to see other writers succeed. Often, writers will ask other writers what their advice is for new writers as an act of inclusions into the community. For this week’s blog, I wanted to share my advice that I’d give to new writers, maybe to create a statement that can be referenced later.

[DISCLAIMER]: My advice is not definitive, or no guarantee to be useful to you. Please consider the following to be an opinion and suggestion.

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Frequently Asked Question: What Writing Reference Books Do you Keep Handy?

There is a strong part of me that hopes that one of you out there will see my blogs or read my books and get bitten by the writing bug. If not the writing bug, then something creative. The world needs creative people, we need satire and criticism, we need something abstract to help us understand the world around us and process the situation at hand.

As a writer, I love answering questions about writing — let’s be honest: I love talking about writing, it’s addicting, and I couldn’t care less if there is a cure. Among social media channels, there is a popular question that is asked of writers and I wanted to share my answers with you.

The question: What writing reference books do I keep handy? In no particular order…

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Writer’s Tool Box: Reference Materials

I know what you are thinking, and you are correct: no one asked. That doesn’t make the information any less crucial, however. As a writer, I depend on reference materials just like any other professional would — mechanics rely on repair manuals, doctors and surgeons refer to anatomy text, and carpenters rely on blue prints to build houses. Also like those professionals, I have a preference to what reference materials that I keep with me. For this week’s blog, I wanted to share my favorite reference sources for your enjoyment!

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