Hate Outlines? Timeline!

Keeping the plot of a novel-length manuscript can be a challenge for the most organized of writers. If you, like me, aren’t naturally left-brained sequential, then it can be more of a headache because your mind doesn’t organize information in a stepwise fashion. Have you ever looked at your story and realize that everything is happening in one day? or two different things are going on in the same ...
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A New Year’s Party – and a Giveaway!

The party over at The Romance Studio is in full swing!  Throughout the weekend, I will be blogging on different topics - five posts a day! - as will the other participating authors.  We have prizes from each of us, and the grand prize is a $100 USD gift certificate to the online retailer Amazon.  If you like to read, then this is the party for you! Friday the 13th! Happy New Year! and ...
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How My Family Survives My Writing – #MFRWauthor

I laughed when I first read this prompt.  I mean, my family isn't particularly negative about my writing.  My husband is a professional photographer, so he knows what is involved in creating things.  My kid is interested in his own stuff, so he's not particularly aware of what I'm doing because he's absorbed in his own stuff. But then I got to thinking.  There was a weekend where I wrote fo...
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Sunday Box Talk – New Year, New… What?

The year that just ended may well come to be referred to as the Year That Shall Not Be Named.  Aside from personal drama, (a close friend in the hospital since March and counting, my co-author's sister's lung function is 37%), there was publishing drama.  First, Samhain Publishing announced they were closing, then chose not to and tried to gaslight the writing community by asking in a hurt ton...
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A Few of My Favorite Things – #MFRWauthor

My friends at Marketing For Romance Writers came up with a challenge this year.  As writers, we struggle to keep content engaging and fresh for you, Dear Reader, and so the Weekly Blogging Challenge was born.  Each week, we’re given a topic as a prompt.  We work with a partner, and together egg each other on to post.  The objective is to blog once a week for the entire year – so look forward to so...
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Happy Thanksgiving! A Blog Festival and Giveaway

Now, more than ever, we need to remember all that we have for which to be grateful.  Our abundance will give us the strength to understand what we have the power to change, but also all that we already have.  True wealth is internal.  Freedom can be compromised, but liberty is internal.  Love is a verb.  And know this:  never be ashamed for reading what you enjoy, for relaxing and recharging y...
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Write! Promptly! Writing Prompt! Free Workshop, Having Fun with Writing Prompts

Have you always wanted to write?  Are you already a writer, but stalled in getting words on the page?  Are you a working author who needs some exercises to keep limber?  Just looking for a good time?  ~leer~ Well, you've come to the write place.  Join me at Coffee Time Romance, the award-winning forum for readers and authors.  For the next two weeks, June 12th through June 25th, I'll be you...
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Walking In This World – Literally

My "Walking in the World" feature is meant to be metaphorical, in terms of a "flora and fauna" report, as author Julia Cameron terms it, and not literally as a report about walking. Not today, Dear Reader.  Not today. In the late 80's, I injured my knee catastrophically while downhill skiing.  I was a racer, but on that sunny Saturday, I sat down to wait for a friend to join me on the ma...
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Tue Cent Twosday – New Age Foo Foo

I admit it. I read all sorts of stuff. Good stuff. Bad stuff. Stuff that defies description, but after you read it and someone asks you what you read, you’re all, “Um, stuff.” When I was about fifteen, I got very curious in the nature of the soul and the existence of God. I blame this, appropriately enough, on my parents. (Isn’t everything their fault?) More specifically, it’s my dad. See, ...
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Gone Visiting – Monday Road Trip, Jingle, Jangle, Jungle

In 2014, when I participated in the A to Z Blog Challenge, they had a neat feature for the post-challenge period called the A to Z Road Trip.  Visiting other blogs in the list and commenting allowed the participant to hit blogs they didn't get to during the challenge itself.  While I'm not sure if they'll have this for the 2016 challenge, I figured what the hay, I'll do it on my own. My visit...
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