Author: Rebecca Simkin

The Creative Life is a Struggle – But it’s Worth it!

I’m a busy person without counting any of the writing I do. I look after my home and family, hold down a busy, complicated job four days a week as a fundraiser and event coordinator, and try to steer the

Getting Out and About

I love to go to conventions. I’m lucky I have so many to choose from. Not only does my home town host several I enjoy that feature my genre and focus on literature, such as Ad Astra, but occasionally I

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Why I Write

A long time ago, when I was a high school student, I had the chance to write my own stories during an independent study course I took in English. You can read about my experience here on wattpad.com. I didn’t always

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Casting Your Characters – Images that Inform Writing

I don’t set out to create characters that look like actors, but I find it helpful to have images of some. I put them on my Pinterest board for the novel I’m working on, along with a bunch of links

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Going Viral

At first I didn’t believe it, but every hour when I checked my account, my novel “Ungloved” currently posted to Wattpad.com kept increasing in number of reads. Yes, people, I have readers! This is why most people write. So people

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Nanowrimo Update

While I had great intentions at the beginning of the month, I dashed off to World Fantasy Convention in Saratoga Springs, NY for four days of super social, authorly fun. Then my mother in law came for a visit, and

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Author Prepares for Nanowrimo!

In November I will commit novel. Nanowrimo is a crazy idea that really works, at least for some…83,000 people who participated in 2014. It’s a month long, internationally used site that encourages people to try writing a novel in a month.

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Share the SFF Love

The Science Fiction and Fantasy (SFF for short) community is an interesting space. The first Worldcon I attended, the annual gathering of the tribes of fans, authors, editors and others who love the genre, made me realize how diverse and accepting these

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Digital vs Print, or, Why I love E-books

I spent several hours this morning clearing off space on my i-pad so I could use it again. Apparently, they have a very limited hard drive which fills up very quicky. My i-Pad is filled with images from my travels

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Tweet Out! or, How I Learned About the Power of Social Media

I’ve been meaning to record this experience I had recently, since it’s hard to understand, without experiencing it, what the power of social media really is. I like social media. I’m a social person. I’m even an extrovert, a less common

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