A Life and a Love in Paisley

Utopia Blog

Last year, on day one of UTOPiAcon, this guy walks up and says “May I have the mic for a minute?” I have no idea who he is, but Ashley, my event assistant, gave an excited nod, which was all I needed to hand over the stage. He walks up on stage and begins sharing his love story…a love story that …

Maybe Next Year

Utopia Blog, inspirational

This post is not about whether you attend UTOPiAcon or any other book event or a retreat in New York or a vacation in Europe or buy the dress or the shoes or take the class or hire the publicist. It’s about your life. Your dreams. What choices are you making right now to honor yourself? What actions are you taking today to create the …

You Are #FreakingAwesome

Utopia Blog, inspirational

When all of you voted for the Freakshow theme for #UTOPiA2017 I was absolutely giddy. It’s a crazy fun theme to work with in terms of design, marketing and implementation. But the meaning behind the Freakshow theme is what really strikes a chord with me…and hopefully with you, too. The whole idea of calling out the weird and wonderful things …

Why writers need to spend time with other writers

Utopia Authors, Blog

I know how cozy it can be wearing your yoga pants and Minion slippers, while blasting [insert inspirational/motivational indie band here], typing along in your writing cave. But here’s the thing: everything can be going along all hunky dory — you’re killing your word count goals, you remember to shower, the house is running like a tight ship — and …