Winter Hike at the Sandia Crest

What became a winter hike through the snow in the Sandia mountains started out as a planned snowshoe hike, but we kind of messed that up. Find A Winter Hike Every Sunday, my best friend and I have been out hiking. Luckily it snowed in the mountains a week ago, so we...

Google Analytics Spreadsheet for Tracking

You probably hear about tracking your website with Google Analytics, but what numbers do you need to track? After teaching this subject and working with clients on their websites, I've got the basics here for you. What Should You Track with Google Analytics? The...

How to get a Publisher, the Long Way

Finding a publisher shouldn't be too hard, right? When I started on the road to get my first novel published four years ago, I had the idea I was going to go the traditional route. Find an agent, get a publisher, etc. Life Takes Interesting Turns Instead, much like my...

Tips on Blogging for Your Business

Blogging can be one of the last things any business owner wants to do. If you didn't already know, having a blog for your business can lead more traffic to your website. Plus, the more blogs you have, the more chance you have to convert visitors to customers. Invest...

New Book Promotion is Hard Work

Ha! While I'm marketing my new book, Toy of the Gods, I still have to make a living. At the same time, I'm working on a proposal document for a bioscience incubator, and a grant proposal that has to do with peptides. Which I have to say both are really cool!...

Disrupting Publishing?

I feel that it's apropos that I was contacted by a startup to see about my next novel. I work for and mentor startups all the time! But where could one change the publishing industry? As it happens, I've been having a hard time getting an agent to represent my novel...

Toy of the Gods – Chapter Two

Leslie Kicklighter   Leslie awoke to a din of animal noise coming from the jungle, a smell of wet, warm earth, and the sheet clinging to her with humidity. She didn’t want to get up, but even at this early hour, it was too warm to stay in bed. She brushed aside the...

Toy of the Gods – Chapter One

  Viracocha The sun was setting in the Peruvian jungle. Trees stood over two hundred feet tall and forty feet wide, their limbs crowded with orchids and other opportunistic plants fighting for sun and resources. On the ground, young trees struggled to reach the sun;...

Freelance Online Workers Beware of Scammers

If you work as an online freelancer, you might have seen the problem already. If you haven't, I want to make sure you're aware. Scammers are targeting freelancers. In particular, if you work from Upwork. How it Can Happen A scammer posing as a client posts a new job...