Monday, March 29, 2010

Weekend Survival

I did it. I went from modern me back to the 60's for a b-day party then transformed into a purple haired gal. And with a couple of modifications to my schedule due to time changes I made almost all my appearances and got where I was supposed to go *on time.* Tonks and Harry showed up and fended off the evil Lucius at a notable concert featuring the music of several great movies (Harry Potter included, obviously :-)).

Two workshops ended yesterday, though I'm still fielding a few questions, which is okay. My April workshop on characters began today with lesson 1 plus four information sheets. (Anyone interested, check the right sidebar.) It's one of those fun classes I don't teach too often. I enjoy the emails and posts (if it's on a forum) and being able to experience all those "oh, yeah!" light bulb moments when folks 'get' the information and successfully apply it to their stories.

So, that'll be going on for the next 4 weeks. On other fronts, our local Ren faire will be starting in two weeks, plus there's a slew of SciFi stuff to do over the next couple of months. And this is besides my usual day job, lol. I know where my fingers will be flying to create stuff. More later and maybe even pictures.


Thursday, March 25, 2010

Star Trek or Star Wars?

That's tough, I love both. I've been a Trekkie for sooo long, but lately Star Wars is winning more of my attention.

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What website do you spend the most time on?

Publishing/writing industry blog sites. Reading to fun and I stay up with current trends and events.

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Who inspires you the most?

My son because he's always so inquisitive and creative. :-)

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Character fun

When people learn I'm an author I get asked a lot of questions, one of those being are my characters based on real people?

Yes and no. Sometimes but usually not. I have many tools to help me write including resources from the all my years in the paranormal field of research like Tarot cards and Astrology books. Mumbo-jumbo some would call it. No problem. It's useful and I love working with a resource that gives me answers every time.

Astrology especially is helpful because there are so many possible combination of character traits to feed conflict and liven the plot. I never have character motivation issues or lack a sufficient scene goal. I don't have what some writers call the "sagging middle" syndrome, and I never get writer's block.

I can teach you all about this handy technique too. My April workshop "Writing By The Signs: Creating Believable Characters with Astrology" will teach anyone to overcome any character difficulty and give even more insight to write with. If you're interested see the right sidebar for the link to the Savvy Author and sign up to take my workshop.

Discover hidden facts about your characters with Astrology. I'll also be blogging at Savvy Author's tomorrow again about this subject, so come read and sign up. :-)


Saturday, March 20, 2010


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Well the weekend's off to a ... piddly start. Kiddo's still well. I'm almost well, but DH is not. Not going to our SF meeting today or the extra activities later with the group. Workshops are caught up. I need to read through a week of emails and concentrate on catching up with the class I'm taking. And write. I need to spend a few hours today doing that.

Oh, to be current with everything ... (sigh)


Thursday, March 18, 2010

Another week another Ramble

So, yeah, Spring Break's almost over. It's been more effort than I thought it would be to work with the kiddo around. Everyone's finally over being sick, and I have a few more minutes of peace and quiet before offspring gets home from day camp.

And writing, yeah. Been trying. And I'm actually not behind on that. Just need a few more details in order than it's back online I go and more Q & A. And lessons.

I just need a couple more hours in each day, and I can make both ends meet, lol.

So much for tackling wayward projects this week. Maybe this weekend ...