Meet the New Guys: John Ayers and Josh Bury!

If you haven't noticed over the past few weeks, there are a couple of new faces here at Professor Beej. The response to the recent call for writers was phenomenal, and I can't thank you enough for that. We've had some fantastic folks show interest in joining up, and it makes me sad we couldn't field [...]

The One and Only Lesson Self-Published Authors Can Learn From M.R. Mathias

Not too long ago, self-published author M.R. Mathias went on quite a tirade at fantasy-faction.com about how his self-promotional forum post should not have been moved from the general books forum into the self-published/small press forum. You can read the whole thing from Fantasy Faction’s perspective here: “The Man Who Thought He Was King.” Now, [...]

Hey, Newbie! Stop Writing!

Hey, Newbie! That's right. You. Yeah, you. Stop writing. You heard me. Stop writing. Right now. Just stop. You done? Good, now we can move on. When I teach composition, I start out the semester by telling the students that I have one rule about writing. That it's a simple rule. I get in front [...]

Summer 2012 Goals

When my dad died on April 3, all the lofty goals I had set for myself and the coming summer went poof. I wasn't able to concentrate--still can't to the level that I was--and I just didn't have the drive to write. I still don't, to be honest, but I'm making myself. Baby steps and [...]

Newbie Blogger Initiative! Woo!

If it weren’t for the community of bloggers I found three years ago, there’s a very good chance I would have wiped my hands clean of the whole mess and left not only blogging, but the MMO-sphere, too.