in my book. I should probably clarify that. But isn't that a beautiful blogpost title? 😉 I finished the first draft of my quirky meta murder mystery! Honestly, it happened so fast. I thought I'd be agonizing over the last couple scenes for days. And I just whipped them out and suddenly that was the… Continue reading I murdered for you & I’m not okay
Last week I shared my top 10 books and their commonalities. Now you get to see the top 3 elements that are in more than half of my favorite books. *Props to Maggie Schoepke guessing there's a supernatural element in my fav books. I don't specify it that way here, but that's definitely related to these.*… Continue reading DNA of a writer: how my reading affects my writing
Julia. I have neglected Julia far too long and she’s appearing everywhere. Haunting me in the people I meet, the clothes I wear, the stories I hear. It’s funny how the pieces of a person just fall into your lap when you’re busy attending to other things. It started with Julia. No, not… Continue reading When a character stalks an author…
Have you heard of “If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler”? by Italo Calvino. Very interesting book, written in the second person. Saying “You do this, you do that.” Not “I” or “he”, it’s about “you.” And “you” pick up a book at the bookstore, start reading and get enthralled in the tale, then suddenly… Continue reading When a murderer won’t shut up at 3am
If you’ve ever wondered if you could write a book, should write a book, or if you’ve dabbled with writing and wondered if it’s worth a shot to pursue it more seriously, I have news for you! I have a new FREE online class to help you answer these questions: --Do I really have a book… Continue reading Do You Have a Book in You?
Excuse me while I burst your bubble. You hear someone's a writer, throw your idea for a book at them and say, "You write it, we'll split the profits." Or maybe you have a writer friend and give them an idea to add to the story then ask how much of the profits they'll give… Continue reading Why Writers Won’t Pay for Your Idea
I'm not sure how this happened. Adele's song "Hello" just went down to #2 on the Billboard chart, beat out of the #1 slot by Justin Bieber's "Sorry." Justin Bieber isn't *that* great, certainly can't compare to Adele. I mean, even I could create a song better than that - I just don't have the… Continue reading My #1 Hit Single
For our most recent staff retreat, I was given the opportunity to write a poem, in the style of Dr. Seuss, about our team. What other workplace asks you to write such fun material? 🙂 Enjoy! A Seussian Red Cross In a land of nonsense, quite grand they do say, Where children and grownups… Continue reading A Seussian Red Cross
To pen-name or not to pen-name - for any writer, that is the question. There is a lot of factors that go into choosing between one's own name or a pseudonym, and I thought I'd give you a brief sneak-peek at the process. (Writers: Kristen Lamb has a post discouraging use of pen names in… Continue reading What the L’s in a PenName?
How many of you noticed I didn't post last week? Raise your hand. *Raises hand* No? no one? just me? Would you believe that, after over a year of regular posting, I actually forgot I didn't have a post ready for last Thursday? Would you believe that I'm figuring out this whole writing thing and… Continue reading This Place of Wrestling