Sunday, November 03, 2013

Do I, Don't I?

I still haven't decided whether to do NaNo.  Yes, I know it's day 3 of the challenge, and I do have a story in my head brewing and that I started working on yesterday and this morning.  But I need extra time to write (other than my regular projects), and I don't know where to find it.


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Not This Year

I'm on the fence about whether to do NaNoWriMo this year.  November is always full, and somehow this year it's especially busy.  I'll decide in a few days.

Oh, and I forgot to post a THANK YOU to all who signed up and participated in my free writing class last month.   I appreciate all the questions and look forward to more workshops in the future, and it was a lot of fun.

In 2014 I will again be teaching at Savvy Authors and The Writer's Ranch, and I'll post my workshop schedule and information soon.

Okay, back to recovering from the big party from last weekend and planning my retreat in a few days.


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Writing & Halloween Update

Well, we're halfway through October, and I'm getting excited about Halloween!  I have a couple of events I'm looking forward to plus last weekend I got to work at a local Haunted House (which I haven't done it years).  It was fun seeing the looks of anticipation and trepidation on people's faces.  Of course the screams of fright after the folks were inside said it all.

My writing Retreat is also coming up, which I'm looking forward to.  Nothing big, just a few people getting together who want so much needed quiet time to just write.  I'm hoping to make lots of progress and maybe finish a first draft I've been working on and off of for a while.  Progress will be made!


Monday, September 30, 2013

Sunshine, Daisys, and Writing For Chocolate

I survived the lovely weekend of cool weather and rain even though it wasn't long enough. lol.  Why is it when a little extra time rolls around it gets taken up by 'necessary' things in life that push away the relaxing plans we make?  I enjoy a challenge, so I planned around the necessary stuff with a few things I really wanted to do.

The result?  Not too bad.  I accomplished the 'stuff'' early then moved on to my fun, which has spilled over into today.  So... today's menu will consist of getting class materials together, posting online, concluding my first Halloween project of the season, and experimenting with a new writing idea.

What about the chocolate?  My reward for finishing and meeting my weekend goal?  To me writing is like baking or cooking.  Start with an idea, characters, an incident, then add a smidgeon of doubt, a lot of conflict, and a touch of tension (to be elevated appropriately in the future), etc.  Mix it all up and let it stew a while.

I'm almost to the final chapter of "Deceptions" and in the middle of writing the climax that leads to the ultimate Black Moment (when nothing seems it will work out for the protagonist).  Progress will be made, just like my chocolate recipe.  I'll keep you posted on how they both turn out.

AND ... there's still time to sign up for my FREE ONLINE WORKSHOP.  Send my a message from the box on right menu to subscribe.


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Upcoming Event

Heads up everyone,

This is my 10th year of teaching online and I am celebrating!  In honor of this milestone, I will be hosting a FREE writing workshop next week at The Writer's Ranch (Sept 30, to Oct 6).

The title is "Want To Write a Book?  Here's How."  This workshop is all about how to begin writing that story of your heart (or in your head screaming to get out, lol), characterization, settings, building tension, conflict, plotting (or not), turning points, and lots more information.  This will be a packed intensive week filled with everything I can think of, plus I will answer your writing questions.

To subscribe, send an email to me from the "contact" block in the right menu and include your name and why you want to take the class (to get rid of non-human bots who want to send spam).  I will subscribe those who are genuinely interested when I review your contact information.

Hope to 'see' you next week!


Monday, September 16, 2013

What Now My Love?

I finally decided what to do for our Halloween costumes.  Because my brain works overtime a lot, I even got a feel for one and stopped by the store on the way home today and got a few things to complete that outfit.  Yes, I said complete!

One down, two to go.  Components and such are in the mail coming to me as I write (with the help of online shopping -- love it!).  I'll keep you updated.

Speaking of updated ... okay I admit to being a wimp about formatting.  I'm behind where I want to be, but in my defense I did pull extra work the last couple of weeks which cut into my computer time and more importantly, my focus.  See, the way I work is that I immerse myself in the project at hand and work toward that vision I have in my mind.  If I have only a little time the project may suffer, which I don't want to happen.  Next week will be better.



Friday, September 13, 2013

Happy Friday the 13th (the day NOT the movie)

I really like Fridays, and to me the "13th" is just a number.  At the end of the week I get to relax a little and catch up on "stuff" I've neglected around the house and at my computer.  I'm starting on the new ideas I want to implement into my next release.  Yeah, the story's been done like *forever,* BUT it needs tweaking to make it better.  I was fortunate last year to have a critique of a few pages and was given some really great advice.  That advice has brewed, and now I'm going to act on that advice.

So, #1. attitude change for a secondary (supporting) character, #2. that change will add conflict to an already conflicted main character (cue evil laugh and rubbing of hands together...), #3. change the ending to reflect the first two.

Back into my cave I go.

See ya.


Tuesday, September 03, 2013

To The Finish Line ...

Things are beginning to calm down a little now that the school frenzy is waning.  I'm finished editing MLE, and now I get to figure out formatting in so many different forms...  Okay, I'm dreading this.  But I did have a few resources to help and a couple of writers who have answered my beginner questions.  Maybe it won't be so bad ...

I also need to think about Halloween costumes.  What to do this year??


Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Busy, Busy, Busy Writing Too!

Quicky post:  More editing.  Great new conflict to write about (yay!).  Garden to weed and water.  Fall is coming soon to hopefully end this sweltering heat.  So many things to do before school begins next week.

Have a good week everyone.


Tuesday, August 13, 2013


Well, re-editing hit a small snag but is almost complete.  I've spent so much time on this project to get it ready, I haven't really even gotten into what to do for promo yet.  I'll figure it all out, and then I'll do it again with my next release coming (hopefully in October).

So, with my Timeline Series book one, My Loving Enemy, about to hit the shelves again, I probably should think about editing book two before the end of the year.  I'll have to learn how to juggle my series' and get the all the stories done that are swirling in my head.  And of course I want to participate in NaNoWriMo again in November (what better time than this for another book?).

Lots to think about, edit, have fun with, and write about.


Thursday, August 01, 2013

Summertime & The Heat is On

August is here, and there is lots to do.  I'm halfway finished with the re-edit of my upcoming re-release, and I'm working on ideas to update my website and a new writing workshop for 2014.  I also want to complete my WIP and start final edits on my next planned release (I'll post the title later, but here's clue #1: the story is near and dear to my heart and I completed it ten years ago).

So, yeah, lots to do.  And I need to profile out a new hero for my Texas Highlanders series, set in Texas of course.  With heroes in kilts.  And lovely Scottish accents.  And hunks in kilts.  Did I mention they're in kilts?  Yummy!   ;-)


Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Hot today with a chance of ... more heat ... especially with the re-release of "My Loving Enemy" coming up in early August.  Check out the new cover in the right side menu done by Safari Heat.  Exactly what I wanted.

And I'm scheduling workshops workshops for 2014, also in the side menu, if you are interested in writing.

Finally last but definitely not least (fingers crossed) I will have another book release in late Sept or early Oct.  Check back to learn the title and about the story!


Thursday, July 04, 2013

MLE Finds New Cover

After getting my rights back to my story a few months ago, I'm almost ready to re-release it!

I'm also looking the coolest book cover from Safari Heat:

So excited, love it! :-)


Saturday, March 23, 2013

After waiting more than the required time and having to re-send my request, I finally have the rights back from my former publisher to MY LOVING ENEMY!

Celebration time!! :-D