The Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference meets in Washington, DC, this year. We’re especially excited because sneak-peek copies of Generation Space will be available for purchase from Stillhouse Press at Bookfair Booth #503! (If you won’t be at AWP, you can pre-order a copy HERE.) Here are five bits of Lofty Ambitions advice for writers preparing to attend AWP, plus a bonus and a link to … Continue reading Preparing for AWP 2017
As 2016 wanes and 2017 kicks into gear, it’s a great time for writers to look back at what they’ve accomplished over the past and look ahead to what’s possible in the next year. That’s exactly what we’re doing right now at Dorland Mountain Arts Colony. Our book Generation Space: A Love Story is finished. In fact, we’re reading final proofs this week. The website is up, … Continue reading Writers (& others), Get Organized for 2017!
On this date in 1968, Apollo 8 launched. Last year, we posted five photos in celebration of Apollo 8. See those HERE. In Generation Space: A Love Story, we write: Fifty-five hours into the mission, the crew broadcast images of Earth from space. Anders remarked, “We came all this way to explore the Moon, and the most important thing is that we discovered the Earth.” For the … Continue reading On This Date (or thereabouts)
Guess what arrived in this morning’s mail… Galleys! Uncorrected proofs! Copies available to reviewers from Stillhouse Press. Continue reading Generation Space: Galley Day!
Recently, we brushed up on blogging by reading The Golden Rules of Blogging and, as a result, cleaned up this blog’s look. You may have also noticed that we’ve been playing around on social media lately. We’ve both been on Facebook a long time, and we added a page there for Generation Space. We’ll continue to share on our personal pages, of course. And followers there can see “public” posts … Continue reading 5 Facebook Tips for Authors (and others)
We’re back at Dorland Mountain Arts Colony this month. Read some other posts about Writing Retreats HERE and HERE. We began the residency by going through the copyedited manuscript of Generation Space: A Love Story. That sounds rather tedious, but we found it exciting. Not only did we get caught up as writing nerds in the minutia of comparing Chicago and NASA style, but we felt motivated, knowing … Continue reading 5 Things We Did at a Writing Residency
It’s August and we’re back at Dorland Mountain Arts Colony, which has us thinking about what we can accomplish as writers this month and this year, if we use our time well. Here are five snippets from A Writer’s Time by Kenneth Atchity. Quick aside: In just the sort of serendipity the Lofty duo likes, Atchity is the president of Atchity Entertainment International, whose clients include Australian millionaire-turned … Continue reading 5 Tips from A Writer’s Time
Generation Space: A Love Story is in production and will be out from Stillhouse Press in February 2017. We’re excited! 5 ways to follow the book and the two of us: Twitter @GenerationSpace @GenerationSpaceToo Facebook https://www.facebook.com/GenerationSpaceToo Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Anna-Leahy/e/B001JP2FR6 http://www.amazon.com/Douglas-R.-Dechow/e/B00UO6JY2A Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/list/15274667.Anna_Leahy http://www.goodreads.com/author/list/14254395.Douglas_R_Dechow Our Websites (the book website is coming soon!) http://amleahy.com http://douglasdechow.com BONUS: The Blog (right here!) https://loftyambitions.wordpress.com Continue reading 5 Ways to Follow Generation Space
What’s It Like In Space by Ariel Waldman Black Hole Blues and Other Songs From Outer Space by Janna Levin Crash Course: Essays from Where Writing and Life Collide by Robin Black Hood (an Object Lessons book) by Alison Kinney Being Mortal by Atul Gawande Continue reading 5 Books We’re Reading This Summer
Even though we have job obligations over the summer, we live, at some level, on an academic calendar. The semester is over, grades are submitted, and the beginning of June represents an opportunity for thinking about how we want to spend our time and what we want to accomplish, especially as writers, by September 1 and by December 31. Some recent research suggests that it takes … Continue reading 5 Ideas: What Will You Do This Summer?