Started a new day job this week. I won’t get into the boring details, but I didn’t like the direction my career was taking with my old company, so after twelve years, I had to make the leap. I was explaining to a few of my non-writer friends that I don’t think I would have… Continue reading Watch out! Margaret is mixing it up again!
Voirey Linger When I was a kid, just starting to enter the world of boys and dating, my mother gave me one bit of advice that stuck with me. She told me to always remember that once I kissed a boy, we could never go back to just holding hands. The point was simple; relationships… Continue reading The Art of Escalation
When I was younger, I was a big roller coaster fan. My brother and I used to spend a day at Six Flags doing nothing but running from one coaster to the next. When my kids hit the daredevil stage, I was right there in line with them, willing and able to ride the tallest,… Continue reading Thrilled, but vaguely nauseous. Thanks for asking….
I write a series that is going on sixteen books all based around the UGLY STICK SALOON, a Texas watering hole where strays can come and find a home and love. How, might you ask, do I come up with new ideas after so many books? Especially when I have a saloon in a small… Continue reading Where do I get Story Ideas? by Myla Jackson
Voirey Linger I’m going to finish four books by the end of May with an estimated word count total of 200,000 words. Don’t choke. Breathe through it. You with me? Okay then. Please note, I didn’t say I was going to WRITE four books. The books are already on my hard drive, partials left languishing… Continue reading Goals and Deadlines
Voirey Linger I see the topic of book length come up quite frequently in writers’ circles. What’s too long? What’s too short? How big should a scene or chapter be? The advice tossed around can be very confusing because, well, quite simply, there is no one right answer. Books are as long as the story,… Continue reading How Long Is a Book?
As I near the end of the year, I produced a year in review letter to send out to family and friends. I went back over my calendar and wrote about all the trips I took with and without family, what was going on in the lives of my grown children, and the successes we’ve… Continue reading Planning for 2014 (ELLE JAMES)