Archives for the month of: December, 2015

You probably know that I am involved in submitting and publishing stories in The Bowman’s Inn anthologies. I write under both DL Hungerford and Roxanna Haley. I just finished my first draft of the story for the Winter anthology, and I am tickled with how well it flowed. Read the rest of this entry »

Hope you had the best Holiday-of-Choice ever! I certainly did. I got some writing done, but mostly because our actual celebration was planned for Boxing Day. And I had a delicious but healthy dinner. Then topped it off with eggnog and whisky. I did have to walk the dog after watching Die Hard. My beloved husband got me one of those devices that tracks your steps, your sleep, your calories, and so on. Looking forward to a New Year of Accountability. Read the rest of this entry »

Today is a crazy day for many people. It’s the very last shopping day before Christmas. It’s Minus One until the First Day of Christmas. Possibly it’s a family gathering and a challenge to eat your healthy best. It’s long past some celebrations and smack in the middle of others. It’s Christmas Eve. Read the rest of this entry »

Self-publishing is a great boon to writers who have no hope of every attracting an agent or a big publisher. Still, it’s important to present your books and stories in a way that looks and feels professional. Edit the heck out of it, get rid of all grammar and spelling errors, and don’t get me started on punctuation. Excellent covers with special attention paid to the thumbnail look. These are just the basics. After that, you need to create and stick with your brand. Read the rest of this entry »

Aspiring writers are given rules and tips and formulas and charts and character sheets and plotting methods from day one. Especially Romance writers. Because there is a certain expectation that readers have for reading a romance novel. Sure, you can label it a formula, but there are millions of ways to apply that formula. Still, is it a romance if you don’t provide certain expected points? Read the rest of this entry »

The Reverend Robert Schuller passed away in April of this year. He wrote and said many positive things over the course of his 88 years. I don’t personally follow his belief system, but I know truth can come from many sources. So the title of this post, one of his quotes, speaks deeply to me. Read the rest of this entry »

I hope Kristan Higgins doesn’t sue me for stealing that phrase from her recent talk. I think this would be a fun game to play! Now, understand that I haven’t read any of the Game of Thrones books. But I got a free copy at the last RWA meeting, and so I have to get the first one and read them all. I know a bit about the goings-on due to friends who have read them or have watched the television version. Read the rest of this entry »

I’ll bet you didn’t know that along with Scrivner and critique partners, a dog is a very important part of your equipment as a writer. Unless you’re Hemingway, in which case, you have cats. Elizabeth Barret had a dog. Byron had a dog to whom he built a monument. Dorothy Parker had a series of dogs. Here, go look for yourself.

tilda chair

I will love you forever and ever.

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Wow. I used to believe that once a writer thought of an idea for a story, all they had to do was write it out. Then I learned about rewrites and editing. Those were just telling the same story with better language. Nothing drastic. I was so na├»ve. Read the rest of this entry »

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