I’m a bit of a creature of habit. Sometimes this is a good thing. I rarely worry about what to have for breakfast because I eat the same thing five days a week: Every morning and every night I kiss the same hunky guy: [photo redacted because Fodder refuses to be fodder for my online… Continue reading Out of the Zone
It’s been a really busy writing year for me. It’s not quite September and I’ve already passed the word count goal I set for myself back in January, but I can’t stop now. I have drafts of three more novellas, eight short stories, and a novel to write before the first quarter of 2013 comes… Continue reading Touchstones
I trekked northward for a visit with the family recently. It’s a long, boring drive made particularly arduous by the fact that I suffer motion sickness, which makes it impossible for me to read or write in the car. That means I lose over eighteen hours of productivity to the drone of the highway. I… Continue reading I saw a sign!
“What are you thinking?” Ugh. One of my least favorite questions ever. Let me state for the record that it’s not me; it’s him. It’s true! This little touchy-feely inquiry usually comes from my husband. In defense of his alpha male status, I will say he only resorts to using it when he catches me… Continue reading What are you thinking?
In the past month, we’ve had a lot of talk about writing goals on this blog. I babbled about the challenges I face in trying to juggle regular writing time into my day, Megan recapped the inspiration we found at our writer’s retreat at a gorgeous lodge in the Ozarks, and Cyndi explored the concept… Continue reading Pushing it
My friend, Julie, is a juggler. By that I mean, she can actually toss multiple items into the air, catch, and release them in rapid succession. Last spring, she handed over her precious hacky sacks and tried to teach me to juggle too. The lesson didn’t last long. Julie has a lot of patience. Margaret… Continue reading The Juggler
I love a story where the setting is one of the characters. Whether it’s a quirky small town or a frenetic city, I’m always more intrigued by stories where the scenery is more than backdrop for the scene. As writers, we tend to focus on world-building when we’re crafting sci-fi, fantasy, or paranormal stories because those sub-genres… Continue reading Scene Stealers