Monday Morning Mantra

Papa King

From the man I like to think of as my writing godfather, Stephen King. … [Read more...]

Does This Writing Make Me Look Fat?

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I'm almost at the end of a three-month marathon spent revising a novel. As a palate cleanser, I wrote a short story before I have to move on to revising my novel BEACH GLASS, which will be out next February. I also have to finish reading a friend's cool murder mystery, another friend's short story, … [Read more...]

How to Edit Your Life

Subtract

Maybe it’s the season - the end of one year, the beginning of the next, when people toss out the old and open their arms to the new. Maybe it was the storm, the floodwaters drowning years’ worth of stuff saved but forgotten until it had to be thrown away. Or maybe I’m just getting older and more … [Read more...]

My Not Enough Time Book List

"Twice Loved" by LaVyrle Spencer

Book lover? I'm past that; "book junkie" is more accurate. Paper or digital makes no difference. I'll take my tomes straight up new, borrowed with a twist, in an ARC, second-hand, Kindled, folded, spindled . . . I just want to read. My favorite and most anguish-inducing episode of The Twilight Zone … [Read more...]

Set Your DVR for “Guilty Pleasures”!

Probably a hot, rich tyrant.

Every four seconds, a romance novel is sold somewhere in the world. Every four seconds. And they (who are "they" anyway?) say publishing is dead. Romance novels, the people who read them, and the authors who write them are the subject of what looks like a totally delightful documentary called … [Read more...]

Writing, part 2: The “blank page” stage

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I've taken a while to get back to this subject because I wanted to think very carefully about what to say. Which means I've been staring at a blank page for a while. This is NOT where all writing begins. It is, unfortunately, where some writing dreams end. You have an idea for a story. … [Read more...]

I Miss (Being) the Merry Recluse

I'm supposed to be writing additional chapters for the paperback version of Cherries in Winter, which will be out in mid-October. However, I've been doing everything but that, and I can't even blame it on procrastination, the only sport at which writers excel. No, this is plain old garden variety … [Read more...]