Mar 082017
 

“Building success with words takes investment. We wanted to create an atmosphere where that investment will begin or will expand.”

My friend and fellow writer Kathryn Lang chairs the inaugural Mountain Valley Writers Conference, an upcoming event in Guntersville. The event, for writers at all levels, will offer guidance on social media, digital marketing, independent publishing, freelancing, and self-promotion.

Kathryn writes fiction, hosts a talk show, and describes herself as a “professional encourager.” I once introduced her at a party as “my friend Kathryn, who crams rainbows down people’s throats for a living.” Heh. You can be sure she brings this same energy to this effort.

The MVWC is Thursday, March 23, and Friday, March 24, at the Lake Guntersville State Park Lodge. The conference fee includes all presentations, seminars, and meals for Thursday and Friday. More information about speakers and sessions is available here, and more details on writing contests are here.

 Posted by at 8:13 pm
Nov 222016
 

Dudes and dolls, I always feel a little sheepish when I come back to you after an unexplained, longer-than-customary absence. “Now baby, listen, it’s not like that…” I hear myself saying in my head as you accuse me of burning my discursive oil elsewhere.

(Or “dipping my nib”? Too provocative?)

swaggerWe’ve actually been pretty busy. We got the new Leamobile Saturday—a 90-point 2014 Toyota Sienna, which we all love. It drives fine, though I’m surprised at how different it feels from the Odyssey. The Sienna is definitely designed with a more isolated driving experience in mind. The handling isn’t vague, per se—it’s just muted. In any case, it’s way prettier than the old buggy, and I love that Lea has a technologically current stereo and a rear view camera now.

The least pleasant part of the Upward season is just about over. Rosters are out, and after the first week of practice next week it’ll start running itself to a larger degree. I’m not coaching this year, and as much as I’ll miss the kids, I’m looking forward to a more freeform Saturday experience.

Thanksgiving is a bit odd. We’ll be here most of the day, and then go to my dad’s for dinner. We’re having dinner with Lea’s family the night before. Gonna watch some ball Friday, and of course Saturday is an all-day feast of rivalry games.

Some significant percentage of my Facebook timeline is still eviscerating itself over the election. I couldn’t tell you for sure whether my relative tranquility more represents ignorance or wisdom, but I will tell you that a) it’s genuine; and b) I’m certainly glad to have it.

I appreciate you checking on me, which I see you doing, even when I’m not holding up my end and giving you something new to read. We’ll call my brief hiatus over now, and get back to a more usual pace. Thank you for reading BoWilliams.com.

 Posted by at 11:24 pm
Jul 182016
 

For all of the bloviation about Wal-Mart taking over suburbia and whatever else, it’s Amazon.com who’s really making a hyper-aggressive play for your business every single time you buy anything. I’ve even started searching for car and appliance part numbers there, for cryin’ out loud. More often than not Amazon.com has them, and at a […]

 Posted by at 10:07 pm
May 312016
 

Oh, I loved you so, Windows Phone. I was certain we’d be happy together forever. To be fair, there were minor issues from the start, but we either minimized or worked through them together, as young couples should. However, when we began to have serious problems, I consistently felt more committed to the relationship than […]

 Posted by at 12:07 pm

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