Joys and Sorrows of a Indie Newbie

In a few days, my first book is being released. I am both excited and exhausted. For those of you who have gone through this process, you know what I mean. I'm at that nit-picky stage where a missing punctuation mark feels like a cosmic calamity. Today I discovered that multiple corrections to my cover…

Guest Post on Outland Entertainment!

Hey FF readers! In an attempt to generate some buzz about my upcoming novel, A Smuggler's Path, I wrote a guest post for Outland Entertainment about the search for universality entitled, Fairies with Dark Faces. Drop by the website and then feel free to learn more about my book on my other website, booksbyilcruz.com  

Fairy Tale “Book” Club

I cordially invite you to join a unique book club. It's the easiest book club you'll ever participate in because you don't have to read a book! (Unless you want to because I never discourage reading.) The Fairy Tale Book Club will only ask its members to read one story a month and then leave…

"The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function."                                                                                             - F. Scott Fitzgerald It was Fitzgerald's idea, but George Orwell gave it a name. Nothing better describes my feelings about fairy tales is doublethink. Doublethink…

Waiting as taught by Thumbelina

I hate waiting. I rank it up there with pulling teeth and stupid people. It's not that I can't deal with having a tooth pulled or muddle through interactions with the intentionally daft, but I'd rather not--thank you very much! But writing has taught me about waiting because books don't spring forth perfect and complete…

The Danger

All endeavors have their pitfalls. Lawyers can become too jaded. Doctors--to robotic. Policymakers--to self-interested. And it doesn't stop at professions. A mountain climber will tackle an even taller mountain because she hasn't found one that has beaten her--yet. Surfers are always searching for that big wave and there's a moment between doubt and sheer terror…

No Excuses…On with the Show

When I made the decision to become a writer, I made an interesting discovery. Lots of people in my life and some new acquaintances voiced the same desire. However, they didn’t have anything written down. Or they had an idea which they haven’t resolved. Or…the list goes on and on. This really bugged me--like people…