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B&N Week 192: What Are Your Keys To Productivity?

| August 26, 2014
B&N Week 192: What Are Your Keys To Productivity?

  It’s another Tuesday! It’s been pretty cloudy and rainy here in Tucson, and to be honest, I’m loving it. It’s not all sun, all the time…just most of it. If you like sunny weather that doesn’t change all that much, this is the place to be. Just putting it out there. Related Posts:TPG Week […]

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B&N Week 191: What Is Your Creative Wish List?

| August 20, 2014
B&N Week 191: What Is Your Creative Wish List?

  What is your creative wish list? This is the question of the week. Related Posts:B&N Week 192: What Are Your Keys To Productivity?TPG Week 191: Trite Is Not TrueTPG Week 190: Artist Turned…Writer? (Only the Shadow Knows!)B&N Week 190: What’s Stopping You From Starting?TPG Week 189: What A Resubmission Should Look Like

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B&N Week 190: What’s Stopping You From Starting?

| August 12, 2014
B&N Week 190: What’s Stopping You From Starting?

  We have another Tuesday! It’s actually going to be cloudy with a chance of rain here in Tucson, and I’m loving it. It’s great. Rain brings some cooler weather, and that’s always a plus when you’re in the triple digits. Related Posts:B&N Week 192: What Are Your Keys To Productivity?TPG Week 191: Trite Is […]

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B&N Week 189: What Is The Value Of Your Name?

| August 5, 2014
B&N Week 189: What Is The Value Of Your Name?

  It’s another glorious Tuesday! The sun is shining, but it isn’t overly hot yet. It’s monsoon season, and we’ve been getting our share of rain and temperatures that people can actually live in. Related Posts:B&N Week 192: What Are Your Keys To Productivity?TPG Week 191: Trite Is Not TrueB&N Week 191: What Is Your […]

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B&N Week 188: How Clear Is Your Voice?

| July 29, 2014
B&N Week 188: How Clear Is Your Voice?

  It’s another Tuesday! Guess that means it’s time for more Bolts & Nuts! Related Posts:B&N Week 192: What Are Your Keys To Productivity?TPG Week 191: Trite Is Not TrueB&N Week 191: What Is Your Creative Wish List?TPG Week 190: Artist Turned…Writer? (Only the Shadow Knows!)B&N Week 190: What’s Stopping You From Starting?

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B&N Week 187: Are You Social On Social Media?

| July 23, 2014
B&N Week 187: Are You Social On Social Media?

It’s another Tuesday! Another week of Bolts & Nuts, and time to ask another question. Are you social on social media? Related Posts:B&N Week 192: What Are Your Keys To Productivity?TPG Week 191: Trite Is Not TrueB&N Week 191: What Is Your Creative Wish List?TPG Week 190: Artist Turned…Writer? (Only the Shadow Knows!)B&N Week 190: […]

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B&N Week 186: Do You Fail, or Do You Learn?

| July 16, 2014
B&N Week 186: Do You Fail, or Do You Learn?

It’s another Tuesday! Know what that means, dontcha? Time for this week’s Bolts & Nuts question! This week’s question: do you fail, or do you learn? Related Posts:B&N Week 192: What Are Your Keys To Productivity?TPG Week 191: Trite Is Not TrueB&N Week 191: What Is Your Creative Wish List?TPG Week 190: Artist Turned…Writer? (Only […]

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B&N Week 185: Why Do We Create Superhero Stories?

| July 8, 2014
B&N Week 185: Why Do We Create Superhero Stories?

  We’ve got another Tuesday upon us, so it’s time for another Bolts & Nuts question! Related Posts:Review: Secrets & Shadows #1Review: Rapid City #1Review: Fat-Man and Ribbon #1Review: SpandexTPG Week 73: Another Copyrighted Character!

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B&N Week 184: Are You A Good Storyteller?

| July 1, 2014
B&N Week 184: Are You A Good Storyteller?

  It’s another Tuesday! Guess it’s time for another Bolts & Nuts question! Related Posts:B&N Week 192: What Are Your Keys To Productivity?TPG Week 191: Trite Is Not TrueB&N Week 191: What Is Your Creative Wish List?TPG Week 190: Artist Turned…Writer? (Only the Shadow Knows!)B&N Week 190: What’s Stopping You From Starting?

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B&N Week 183: Does Your Worldview Make Your Characters Preachy?

| June 24, 2014
B&N Week 183: Does Your Worldview Make Your Characters Preachy?

It’s another Tuesday! Guess that means it’s time for another Bolts & Nuts question! This week’s question is about your worldview: does your worldview make your characters preachy? Related Posts:B&N Week 192: What Are Your Keys To Productivity?TPG Week 191: Trite Is Not TrueB&N Week 191: What Is Your Creative Wish List?TPG Week 190: Artist […]

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B&N Week 182: Ghosting Panels

| June 17, 2014
B&N Week 182: Ghosting Panels

Welcome to another Tuesday. I’m interrupting the flow of asking questions this week with a column that I thought I had posted, but obviously haven’t. This week was going to be all about checking in to see what you’ve done over the past six months, to see if you’ve stuck to the path you laid […]

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B&N Week 181: How Much Research Should You Do On A Topic?

| June 10, 2014
B&N Week 181: How Much Research Should You Do On A Topic?

Welcome to another Tuesday! That means it’s time for me to ask a question, in the Bolts & Nuts tradition! How much research should you do on a topic? Related Posts:B&N Week 192: What Are Your Keys To Productivity?TPG Week 191: Trite Is Not TrueB&N Week 191: What Is Your Creative Wish List?TPG Week 190: […]

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B&N Week 180: Are You A Misunderstood Creator?

| June 4, 2014
B&N Week 180: Are You A Misunderstood Creator?

It’s another Tuesday, another Bolts & Nuts, another question! Are you a misunderstood creator? Related Posts:B&N Week 192: What Are Your Keys To Productivity?TPG Week 191: Trite Is Not TrueB&N Week 191: What Is Your Creative Wish List?TPG Week 190: Artist Turned…Writer? (Only the Shadow Knows!)B&N Week 190: What’s Stopping You From Starting?

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B&N Week 179: Mix ‘n Match–Which Genres Can Be Mixed To Best Effect?

| May 27, 2014
B&N Week 179: Mix ‘n Match–Which Genres Can Be Mixed To Best Effect?

We’ve got another Tuesday upon us, so that means we’ve got another installment of Bolts & Nuts! This week, we discuss mixing and matching: which genre’s can be mixed to best effect? Related Posts:TPG Week 170: Comedy Needs To Be Paced (And Funny)Review: Rat Queens #1Review: Ghosted #1Points of Impact – Week 16: Location, Location… […]

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B&N Week 178: Critique or Personal Attack–What Is The Difference?

| May 21, 2014
B&N Week 178: Critique or Personal Attack–What Is The Difference?

We’ve got yet another Tuesday upon us! Know what that means? Time for more Bolts & Nuts! This week’s question is: Critique or Personal Attacks—What’s the Difference? Related Posts:B&N Week 192: What Are Your Keys To Productivity?TPG Week 191: Trite Is Not TrueB&N Week 191: What Is Your Creative Wish List?TPG Week 190: Artist Turned…Writer? […]

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B&N Week 177: Peers–Who Are Yours?

| May 13, 2014
B&N Week 177: Peers–Who Are Yours?

It’s another bright and shiny Tuesday! I’m loving it! That’s all the introduction for today. Let’s just jump into this week’s B&N question, shall we? Related Posts:B&N Week 192: What Are Your Keys To Productivity?TPG Week 191: Trite Is Not TrueB&N Week 191: What Is Your Creative Wish List?TPG Week 190: Artist Turned…Writer? (Only the […]

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B&N Week 176: Are You Doing Your Part For Comics?

| May 7, 2014
B&N Week 176: Are You Doing Your Part For Comics?

It’s another Tuesday! We’ve actually got a cooling trend here in Tucson, and I’m happy for it. It’s going to get in the triple digits soon enough. Let the cooler weather prevail for a while. Anyway, let’s get into some Bolts & Nuts! This week’s question holds up a mirror: are you doing your part […]

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B&N Week 175: Do You Really Want To Be In The Public Eye?

| April 29, 2014
B&N Week 175: Do You Really Want To Be In The Public Eye?

We’ve got another spectacular Tuesday! I won’t bore you with talk about sunshine—there’s a lot of it here in Tucson. You can literally count the number of times its overcast all day here, or how often the daytime temperature dips below 65. I love this place. Anyway, this week’s question is, like all of them, […]

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B&N Week 174: Is Continuing Education Important In Comics?

| April 22, 2014
B&N Week 174: Is Continuing Education Important In Comics?

It’s another Tuesday! Arizona doesn’t do Daylight Savings Time [thankfully], so the days are extremely noticeably longer. I can drive in to work and the sun is coming up, and I can drive home from work twelve hours later and the sun is still hanging in the sky. I like it. [And yes, I work […]

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B&N Week 173: Critical or Commercial Acclaim–Which Do You Prefer?

| April 15, 2014
B&N Week 173: Critical or Commercial Acclaim–Which Do You Prefer?

It’s another Tuesday! Summer’s coming, and with it, the summer movies. While technically not a summer movie, we’ve already had the Captain America sequel [which I consider to be the opening salvo to the summer tentpoles], and on the horizon are the Spider-Man and X-Men sequels, Guardians of the Galaxy, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja […]

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B&N Week 172: What Are The Hidden Steps In Creating Comics?

| April 8, 2014
B&N Week 172: What Are The Hidden Steps In Creating Comics?

It’s another Tuesday, and I’m happy to be here! Let’s just get into this week’s question, shall we? What are the hidden steps to creating comics? Related Posts:B&N Week 192: What Are Your Keys To Productivity?TPG Week 191: Trite Is Not TrueB&N Week 191: What Is Your Creative Wish List?TPG Week 190: Artist Turned…Writer? (Only […]

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B&N Week 171: To Be Or Not To Be–Should You Quit Comics?

| April 2, 2014
B&N Week 171: To Be Or Not To Be–Should You Quit Comics?

It’s a windy-ful Tuesday here in beautiful Tucson! It’s great, really. We’ve got the low 80s here, so the breezes are more than comfortable. It’s great, and a precursor to what’s coming next: heat! And not the Miami Heat, either. It’ll be fine. Right now, though, it’s time to get into some Bolts & Nuts! […]

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B&N Week 170: Casting–Do You Do It?

| March 25, 2014
B&N Week 170: Casting–Do You Do It?

We’ve got another Tuesday! I thank you for spending some of it with me. I appreciate it. This week’s question is: casting—do you do it? Related Posts:B&N Week 192: What Are Your Keys To Productivity?TPG Week 191: Trite Is Not TrueB&N Week 191: What Is Your Creative Wish List?TPG Week 190: Artist Turned…Writer? (Only the […]

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B&N Week 169: Are You An Effective Pitch Writer?

| March 19, 2014
B&N Week 169: Are You An Effective Pitch Writer?

We’ve got another Tuesday! You know what that means, right? Another Bolts & Nuts question! This week’s question: are you an effective pitch writer? Related Posts:B&N Week 160: What Exercises Can Strengthen Your Skills?B&N Week 152: Engaging Two Types of ReadersTPG Week 142: Newbie MistakesTPG Week 78: Readers Want Cake!B&N Week 77: Loyalty

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B&N Week 168: Are You Ready For Some Advice?

| March 11, 2014
B&N Week 168: Are You Ready For Some Advice?

Tuesday! We’ve got a warming trend in Tucson. It’s hitting the high 70s to low 80s on a more consistent basis, which means it’s going to be blazing hot in a couple of weeks. Thus, the circle will start again. Not looking forward to it. This week’s question is another deceptively simple one. Here it […]

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B&N Week 167: How Disciplined Do You Have To Be To Create Comics?

| March 4, 2014
B&N Week 167: How Disciplined Do You Have To Be To Create Comics?

Hey! It’s another Tuesday! The sun is shining, we’re regularly hit the upper 70s and low 80s in Tucson (along with a full day of rain, which is unusual), and the days are getting demonstrably longer. How do I know? I have to wear shades going in to work now, and the sun is lighting […]

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B&N Week 166: How Often Can You Reasonably Publish?

| February 25, 2014
B&N Week 166: How Often Can You Reasonably Publish?

Hey! Wasn’t it just Tuesday? Feels like it, doesn’t it? Well, I’m back, you’re back, so let’s ask a question in the newly minted B&N tradition! This week’s question is simple: how often can you reasonably publish? Related Posts:No Related Posts

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B&N Week 165: How Many People Do You Know That Can Further Your Career?

| February 18, 2014
B&N Week 165: How Many People Do You Know That Can Further Your Career?

We’ve got another Tuesday upon us, and you know what that means, right? It’s time to ask another question in the new Bolts & Nuts tradition! This week’s question is relatively simple, but carries some things with it that could be unpleasant. Related Posts:B&N Week 192: What Are Your Keys To Productivity?TPG Week 191: Trite […]

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B&N Week 164: Which Conventions Do You Plan On Attending?

| February 11, 2014
B&N Week 164: Which Conventions Do You Plan On Attending?

It’s another Tuesday! We all know what that means, don’t we? Time for some Bolts & Nuts! So, let’s get right into this week’s question. Which conventions do you plan on attending, and why? Related Posts:Imbibe With the Tribe! 2nd Annual ComixTribe NYCC Drink & Draw AnnouncedB&N Week 192: What Are Your Keys To Productivity?TPG […]

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B&N Week 163: How Often Do You Adapt Other Stories To Comics?

| February 4, 2014
B&N Week 163: How Often Do You Adapt Other Stories To Comics?

It’s another Tuesday! We’ve got some gentle rain currently falling in Tucson, and while it isn’t typically our rainy season, I’ll take it. [It was just 80 degrees last week, folks. Go figure.] Anyway, let’s get into some Bolts & Nuts, shall we? This week’s question is simple: how often do you adapt other stories […]

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B&N Week 162: How Often Do You Set Stories Aside?

| January 28, 2014
B&N Week 162: How Often Do You Set Stories Aside?

Another Tuesday is upon us! While the northeast part of the country gets snow, here in Tucson it’s sunny and getting into the mid 70s during the day. The days are getting longer, too! I’m loving it. Know what I’m also loving? Some Bolts & Nuts. This week’s question is simple: how often do you […]

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B&N Week 161: How Do You Approach Your Stories?

| January 21, 2014
B&N Week 161: How Do You Approach Your Stories?

It’s another Tuesday, and that means that I’m still asking questions! [What, you thought I’d forgotten already? Another question!] Let’s just get to the Bolts & Nuts of it, shall we? This week’s question: How Do You Approach Your Stories? Related Posts:B&N Week 192: What Are Your Keys To Productivity?TPG Week 191: Trite Is Not […]

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B&N Week 160: What Exercises Can Strengthen Your Skills?

| January 14, 2014
B&N Week 160: What Exercises Can Strengthen Your Skills?

It’s another Tuesday! I don’t know about you, but I really wish I were in Australia right now. I’m a tennis watcher, and right now, we have the Australian Open going on. If I were in Australia, I’d have done a lot of writing and scheduling beforehand, so that I’d have no problems or worries […]

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B&N Week 159: What Are Your 2014 Goals?

| January 7, 2014
B&N Week 159: What Are Your 2014 Goals?

It’s 2014! New year, new goals, and something of a new format for Bolts & Nuts! What’s changing? Just a couple of things. This year, I’m going to try not to be as wordy, so these will be somewhat shorter than we’re used to. [Notice the word “try.” It’s important.] Related Posts:B&N Week 192: What […]

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B&N Week 158: Top 10 ComixTribe Posts of 2013

| December 31, 2013
B&N Week 158: Top 10 ComixTribe Posts of 2013

It’s another Tuesday! Not only that, it’s also New Year’s Eve! What are we doing? We’re still doing countdowns. The last countdown of the year, as a matter of fact. First, I want to thank all of you for reading. It’s been a great year, and we really and truly wouldn’t be here without all […]

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B&N Week 157: Top 10 Things Creators Forget

| December 25, 2013
B&N Week 157: Top 10 Things Creators Forget

Not only is it Tuesday, but it’s also Christmas Eve! No, I’m not going to do a “present” themed B&N this week. Instead, I want to talk about the top things that creators forget to do as they do their thing. These are in no particular order. Let’s get to it, shall we? Related Posts:B&N […]

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B&N Week 156: Top 10 Habits Of Successful Creators

| December 17, 2013
B&N Week 156: Top 10 Habits Of Successful Creators

It’s another wonderful Tuesday, and we’re still doing countdowns! This week, I wanted to count the ten habits that successful creators have. These will not be in any particular order. So, with that said, let’s get to it! Related Posts:B&N Week 192: What Are Your Keys To Productivity?TPG Week 191: Trite Is Not TrueB&N Week […]

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B&N Week 155: Top Five Horror Stories & Lessons Learned

| December 10, 2013
B&N Week 155: Top Five Horror Stories & Lessons Learned

It’s another Tuesday, and since we’re still in December, we’re still doing countdowns! T his week, we’re going to do my five greatest horror stories, and the lessons I’ve learned from them. Hopefully, you’ll learn from them, too. Related Posts:B&N Week 192: What Are Your Keys To Productivity?TPG Week 191: Trite Is Not TrueB&N Week 191: […]

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B&N Week 154: Top 10 Reasons You’ll Fail At Making Comics

| December 4, 2013
B&N Week 154: Top 10 Reasons You’ll Fail At Making Comics

It’s not only Tuesday, but it’s also December! Where has the time gone? I have no idea, but we’re here, it’s nearing the end of the year, and you know what that means. Countdowns! So for the next few weeks, we’re going to do countdowns. Let’s get settled in, shall we? Related Posts:The COZ Top […]

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B&N Week 153: What’s Your Professional Attitude?

| November 26, 2013
B&N Week 153: What’s Your Professional Attitude?

There’s another Tuesday staring us straight in the eye. Must mean it’s time for more Bolts & Nuts! This week, I want to ask a simple question: do you have a professional attitude? Related Posts:B&N Week 192: What Are Your Keys To Productivity?TPG Week 191: Trite Is Not TrueB&N Week 191: What Is Your Creative […]

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