PIlcrows & Progress (a blog)


The pilcrow, pictured left, is my favorite editing mark. It indicates breaking for a new paragraph, introducing a new idea, taking a pause between concepts.

This blog, Pilcrows & Progress, covers topics related to writing, editing, marketing, freelancing, and other subjects with loosely connected dots. Every document I edit, book I read, story I write is an opportunity to learn – and then to share.

Please submit your questions and ideas for topics – I’d love to respond.

Podcasts for Writers

Categories: tools, writing
Last week, I shared a review of “The Emotional Wound Thesaurus” as a soft kick-off to a series of resources for writers. Today, I’ll begin diving into other types of recommendations. Let’s start with podcasts. If you haven’t yet entered…
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The Emotional Wound Thesaurus

Categories: tools, writing
I’ve written about other books in this series – The Emotion Thesaurus, The Positive and Negative Trait Thesauruses, The Urban and Rural Setting Thesauruses. They’ve become invaluable tools as I write my fiction, lending depth and sparking ideas in uncountable…
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Role Reversal: Submitting my Writing for Critique

Categories: writing
I’ve been writing for a long time, but I’ve recently begun sharing my work and asking for feedback. It’s a weird feeling, considering I’m most often on the side of doing the editing and critiquing. Last year I was working…
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Looking for a Reading Challenge?

Categories: general
It’s been awhile since I’ve blogged, but I have plans to post more regularly this year. In the meantime, since all good writers (and editors) read, I’d like to direct your attention to my other blog, Rhymes with Croatia. I’m…
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Perception vs Reality: The Representation of Data

Categories: marketing
In the aftermath of this week’s presidential election, it’s hard not to feel like a nation divided. No matter how you look at it, Republican/Democrat, popular vote/electoral college, win/lose, there’s a perceived lack of unity. The electoral college map shows…
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The Latest Version of My Portfolio

Categories: general
My online portfolio has been a work in progress for far longer than I like to admit. And not in a “we’re all a work in progress” kind of way. No, in a completely ripped-to-shreds reimagining kind of way. But…
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newspaper ads

How Not to Advertise a Project

Categories: marketing
 (Note: This post originally appeared on this blog back in 2012 and I removed it, using it instead as a writing sample. I’m republishing it since it’s relevant to the content I plan to provide in the future.) As I…
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red pens

Editing in 2015 and Plans for 2016

Categories: editing
Last year I did an “Editing Report for 2014 and a Preview of 2015” post over on my other blog, Rhymes with Croatia. But it makes sense to move that here now. I’m happy to say I had another solid…
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Question? Idea for a Post?

If you have a question or would like me to address a specific topic about editing, marketing, writing, or anything else, please send it my way via my contact form or social media.


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