The Best of UX Basics for Website Beginners

I wanted to put together a basic introduction to website UX for those inexperienced with web design, or those putting what they do know to work for their personal websites. To do that, I asked my friend Gabby Manotoc, a New York-based product design lead, some questions based on the issues and concerns I typically see.

Q&A with Emilie Kefalas, author of “A Call to Congress”

What do you get when you combine a passion for American history, a lifetime of doodling, and a literary challenge? Emilie Kefalas, the children’s book author and illustrator behind “A Capitol Dream” and her newest release, “A Call to Congress.”

Interview: S.L. Baron, Author of “Vanilla Blood: A Novella”

Note: I reached out to S.L. Baron for this interview to help promote her new novella. I received a copy of Vanilla Blood from the author. Read more about author interviews and promotions. Earlier this year, indie author S.L. Baron brought us a new vampire romance to delight in. For those tired of the “forbidden”…… Continue reading Interview: S.L. Baron, Author of “Vanilla Blood: A Novella”

Thoughts from Kathryn Stockett: From Book to Movie

While tearing through my closet on a great spring cleaning purge, I came across a legal pad. Unsurprisingly, it was from the college days. I flipped through just in case there was anything I might want to type into a more legible format and save. Between class notes with no headings or dates to clarify…… Continue reading Thoughts from Kathryn Stockett: From Book to Movie

Bill Blume at AWCon 18: Characters Who Come Alive

Of the many reasons that contributed to the last-minute decision to attend the 2018 Agile Writers Conference in Richmond, VA, getting the chance to meet Bill Blume was the most exciting. For the longest time, I didn’t realize there was any kind of writing community in Virginia. It wasn’t until I graduated college and moved…… Continue reading Bill Blume at AWCon 18: Characters Who Come Alive

AWCon 18: Scott T. Allison on the Villain’s Journey

One of my favorite seminars at the 2018 Agile Writers Conference given by Dr. Scott T. Allison, a professor of psychology at the University of Richmond who has published extensively on heroism and leadership. I wondered if his talk, “The Villain’s Journey: How to Craft a Worthy Adversary to Your Hero,” would confirm some of…… Continue reading AWCon 18: Scott T. Allison on the Villain’s Journey

Lani Sarem at AWCon 18: I Remain Unconvinced

Lani Sarem appeared at the 2018 Agile Writers Conference in Richmond, VA over the weekend. I discovered the conference via the social media anger at 1) Sarem speaking at any writing conference at all; 2) the continued reference to Sarem as a best-selling author; and 3) the “How I Navigated the NYT Bestseller List” topic…… Continue reading Lani Sarem at AWCon 18: I Remain Unconvinced