Archives for the month of: January, 2016

*Note – I mislaid the information that this is the last Sunday of January, so I am posting the health blog today. I will finish with the Changing Eye Candy on Thursday.

A friend of mine who is doing really well in her weight loss struggle bought a Garmin Vivo Fit. She showed me how it tracks her steps, how many miles, steps needed to reach daily goal, and calories burned. It also tracks how well she sleeps, but you have to bring that data up on your phone or computer. What sold me on this particular device is that I can keep the information on my computer. Read the rest of this entry »

I have a publishing deadline to meet this week, so I am going to cheat a little and rely on pictures to tell my story. It’s the story of how the idea of sexy people has changed. I’m mostly looking at the last hundred years. And today I’ll talk about the 1920s through the 1970s. Read the rest of this entry »

One of the many amazing speakers I have listened to in my years with Romance Writers of America reminded us that our characters step onto the stage of our story fully formed. Like Venus on the Half-shell, any history they have must be revealed slowly and only as much as each scene requires. Read the rest of this entry »

Clutter is my nemesis. Flat spots disappear in the blink of an eye under a crush of mail and notebooks. I love having people over so that I can clean my house, but sadly the piles of stuff often get put into boxes and stacked elsewhere with my promise of getting right back to it in a couple days. Read the rest of this entry »

I had so much fun comparing modern heroes to Mr. Darcy that I thought it only fair to come back and give the ladies a turn. I don’t know that Elizabeth Bennet is the ideal Regency era character to compare modern characters to, but she will just have to do. Read the rest of this entry »

We know we shouldn’t compare our writing and skills to anyone else, we are only in competition with our self, improving how we write now from how we wrote a year ago. But I think it might be fun to compare a modern romance hero to the pattern card of Mr. FitzWilliam Darcy. Of course, you can do a comparison of your own ideal hero, but I will go with Darcy for argument’s sake. Read the rest of this entry »

Some authors get their story ideas from dreams. I did get one idea for a Regency that way, and had a lot of fun writing it out. But the dream only gave me one scene, and the rest of the story has needed a lot of work. Why can’t the dream provide all the details? Do you have to pay extra for that service? Read the rest of this entry »

Some decades ago when I started writing Regency Romance, I picked that genre because there was wonderful humor to be found in most of those stories. At that time, contemporary romance was all angst and yearning with a bit of travelogue. They took place in exotic locals but nothing else was all that interesting. Read the rest of this entry »

A New Year for writing for me comes laden with tasks that need to be completed. Two short stories due in March, and finish the second book in Regency Banquet. Plus twice-weekly blogs, reports weekly for a support group, and a bulletin weekly for a writers group. Oh, the humanity! Read the rest of this entry »

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