Archives for the month of: July, 2016

On the last Sunday of every month, I like to share part of what I have learned in my weight loss journey. To be a better writer, I need to get exercise, plenty of sleep, have good posture, and eat clean food. To me, that means eliminating foods Grandma would not recognize as food. Like Flaming Hot Cheetos ™ or bacon-wrapped Lil’ Smokies ™ Grandma might have enjoyed the bacon wrapped stuff after we explained it to her, but it’s the need to say “This is edible” that is the problem. Read the rest of this entry »

At some point in your life, you realize that the truth appears differently to different people. My memory used to above average and I can still recall the words to a song I learned in high school when I hear the opening notes. But did I learn that off of the radio or did I have the record? At least the truth there isn’t a matter of money or love or life or death. Read the rest of this entry »

I don’t mean to say we pursue a person with whom to have a relationship like prey to be overpowered and devoured. That might be someone’s idea of a good relationship, but it’s wrong on so many levels. What I want to look at is when there is an attraction on both sides, a clear field, and we only need to go forward to create attachment. Read the rest of this entry »

I was around 10 years old when my maternal grandmother died. The woman held no special relationship with me. When I was an infant, she constantly berated my mother for not feeding me enough. I was a skinny baby, apparently. After my tonsils were removed, I ate too well. I was already overweight by the time she passed. I got the impression I embarrassed her. I didn’t expect to cry, even though I was sorry to not have the chance to learn her stories. What I know, I learned from my sister who was a teenager at the time. Read the rest of this entry »

Laugh and the world laughs with you. Try it. I have humor senses that tell me when a conversation I haven’t heard all of is going on and I laugh and smile at the people talking. But really, why not? We all laugh from infancy on. In any language. Even apes laugh but in their own way. Read the rest of this entry »

Have you ever been hiding tears while you laughed, maybe about a joke on yourself? I worked as a temporary clerk in a billing department and struck up a friendship with a very nice lady. Unknown to me, her other friend resented me. We were gathered around the boss’s desk, joking about things and the boss asked us for input. I said what I thought. The resentful worker said something I didn’t hear but seemed reluctant to repeat it so I could hear it. Basically, she said that my opinion didn’t count because I was just a temp. Read the rest of this entry »

Part of my enjoyment of on-line writer communities comes from getting to know new and evolving authors who bring enthusiasm and a fresh point of view along with their talent.

Ivy Nelson is a 30-year-old romance/erotica/mystery writer living in Houston, Texas with her husband. Ivy has been writing for as long as she can remember and read her first romance at the age of fourteen. You could say it was love at first site. Since then, Ivy has read anything she can get her hands on. While she has always loved writing, she let that hobby sit on the back burner while pursuing a degree in political science and higher education. The love for writing never left. In 2015, Ivy decided to give up her day job and focus on writing the type of thing she loves to read. Her first book will be available for purchase in the Fall of 2016. In her free time, Ivy enjoys cooking, travel, wine tasting and singing really old country music at karaoke bars. You can find her at:

I had a chance to ask Ivy a few questions.

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DH. Your blog page is really cute and topical. I see you are participating in Camp NaNo (A summer version of National Novel Writing Month). What are your feelings on NaNoWriMo?

IN. NaNoWriMo has a very special place in my heart. I participated for the first time in 2013. The story I wrote was awful but for the first time, I actually finished something. I now participate in the November event every year and I also take part in both the April and July camps. I think NaNoWriMo works for me because it brings out the competitor in me. I’m not competing against anyone but myself  though so there are no hard feelings. It’s also a very social event if you want it to be. I attend write-ins when I can and I always take part in the word sprints that are hosted on Twitter. This camp I’m working on a brand new series that I’m really excited about.

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DH. So, what have you written?

 IN. I have written a handful of short stories that are currently being workshopped before I publish them. The series of short stories I’m most excited about is my wine and sex series. Each story is a piece of erotica that involves a glass of wine. I explore a number of sexual themes and I’m excited to start publishing them. I’m also in the editing phase of a novel that is the first of three romantic thrillers set in Washington D.C. There is a heavy BDSM theme and there is plenty of action (in every sense of the word). Finally, I am working on a series called Vegas Vigilante. I’m not ready to reveal any major details on that yet.

DH. Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?

IN. During NaNoWriMo, I aim for at least 2,000 words a day. The rest of the time I just aim to write something every day. I’ve found that if I force myself to sit down and start writing I’ll always hit at least the 1,000-word mark.

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DH. Do you prefer to write series or stand-alone novels?

IN. So far everything I’ve written has been in series form. I’ve got a 50 novel plan in which all of the novels will be connected in some way. The cool thing about them is that readers won’t have to read them in a specific order. There will be some that could be considered trilogies within the set of 50 novels. When they are all done, they will take readers on a fun journey across the U.S. and around the world.

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DH. Did you do a press release, Goodreads book launch or anything else to promote your work and did it work?

IN. I haven’t officially published anything yet but I am planning a big launch and some kind of press release. I’m also trying to get a blog tour together.

Thanks, Ivy, and thanks everyone for reading. I’ll be back on Thursday.

Some people don’t really know what love is. I feel very sad for them. I have loved men who have not loved me back. I wouldn’t trade that experience for much of anything because that started me writing. I love my husband, I love my children, I love my pets and my books and my music and my on-line friends – Well, you get the idea. My life is full of love because I went after it. Read the rest of this entry »

The Human Race has had a very rough time of it lately. We’ve been unable to help people who hate, unable to reach them with love, and unable to help them be better people. We watched animals, rare and endangered, put to death and then gotten mad at anyone who didn’t see it our way. There is one way only to look at all these events. They are not good or bad. They simply are. We decide how to label them, and that decision can lead us into hating. Read the rest of this entry »

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