For those of you keeping up with the Bloggity Makeover, you'll have noticed on your calendars that it's the first Saturday of the month and time for an update on how the book is coming along. To sum it up: Not too shabbily. Here Be Dragons You may recall that after having plowed my way through the … Continue reading Dragons, Beasts, and Book Bargains
This week brought about an excellent opportunity to break out my Happy Dance Shoes and kick up my heels in ecstatic, delirious, over-the-moon-with-elation joy because The Outline is complete. As you may remember, several weeks ago I had to break the sad news that Book Three of my fantasy series will not be published this … Continue reading All Hail the Glorious Outline!
Although we're still a couple weeks out from the next Friday the 13th, and Wednesday the 27th just doesn't have an ominous tone to it, I am a little afraid today. I haven't written about it much, but I am still working on The Maze, the third book in my Osteria Chronicles series. I kind … Continue reading Writing Time Trepidation
Ever since I decided to read Breakfast of Champions in high school literature class instead of whatever bland tome the teacher had assigned, I have loved reading anything by Kurt Vonnegut. (By the way, the teacher, a Vonnegut fan himself, let me get away with - and even encouraged - my little protest.) From Slaughterhouse Five to … Continue reading Creative Writing 101 With Kurt Vonnegut
I hadn't planned on doing much of a writing post for this week's Writing Wednesday, but sometimes the blog gods play nice and toss me a bit of blog-o-rific inspiration to share with you. And that little doggy bone of inspiration showed up in the pages of Hemingway as I was doing a bit of … Continue reading Papa’s Writing Advice
It's rare enough these days that I get offered writing jobs out of the blue (mainly because I haven't been focusing much on my writing world over the past couple months), so when an editor does contact me to offer a writing gig I usually jump at the chance. But last week I was presented … Continue reading Writing Quandary: Do I Turn Down a Job?
This week I must be brave. Okay, not like a solider-, fireman-, or public speaker-level of brave, but just sort of an it-must-be-done-but-I-am-really-uncomfortble-with-it kind of brave. Deep breaths will be taken. Heavy exhales will be released once I'm done....if I manage my way through, that is. See, an article I've written for Horticulture magazine is due … Continue reading Putting on My Brave Face
Anyone who has known me for more than half a second will be aware that I love my lists. In addition to my monthly, weekly, and daily To-Do lists there's my To-Paint list for new artwork and my To-Write/Edit list for new publications. But my favorite list of them all is my To-Read list to … Continue reading Putting Myself On My Own To-Read List
No, that's not the title of a new fantasy novel, although it does have a nice Lord-of-the-Rings-You-Shall-Not-Pass ring to it. Instead, the Forgotten Query That Must Be Remembered was my most recent writing dilemma and one I hope to never have again. The Backstory Last March I was asked to do a presentation on my … Continue reading The Forgotten Query That Must Be Remembered