If you write historical fiction or if you write something that has ties to the past, you may need to do some research to find out what people did back then For instance, in Regency England there were few hospitals and while doctors made house calls, they were not well trained in stuff we take for granted today. Like cleanliness. Continue reading “How Did They?”
I have a dog, a bunch of birds, and a couple feral cats. I walk with another dog owner. I meet with bird lovers every month. My Goddaughter has a sweet cat. I check out cat pictures on the internet. And I have friends who have horses, goats, aquarium fish, tortoises, snakes, and lizards. I know very few people who do not have pets of some kind. So if all my characters do not have pets, they seem less human, somehow. I mean, how many times have you seen something mentioned in the last two years about the only president to not have a dog? Continue reading “Who’s Your Poodle?”
Have you ever been at a restaurant with a huge menu, and think that there are too many good choices. All your favorites are available but you only have room for one dish. If the waiter came over and said, “Just look at page 3,” your options would be reduced and improved because of those items on the page, only one or two would appeal to you. Continue reading “More from Jeff Lyons”
Happy National Novel Writing Month! I’m doing MyNoReMo, or My Novel Rewriting Month. As long as I jump in and keep turning out the words, I think I will be okay. Which made me think of an excellent word for this month. Continue reading “November Word of the Month”
Note: I am not a doctor or medical professional. Please do not start any new diet or exercise program without consulting your own doctor first.
Like many people with weight issues, as well as serious health issues that are exacerbated by weight, I dream of the day when Science develops a magic pill that we can take once a day and then eat whatever we want to. Ice cream, cake, cotton candy. The sugar bowl and a stick of butter. Ahem. So it’s no surprise when a possible solution shows up and everyone flocks to the idea. And everyone has different results. My nutritionist says the right diet is the one that works for you. Let’s look at some things that have arisen in this field. Continue reading “Magic Bullets”
As happens almost every month, I was lucky to attend my local Romance Writers of America chapter meeting for October. Our speaker was Jeff Lyons, a published fiction/nonfiction author, screenwriter, and story development consultant in the film, television, and publishing industries (but his web page is undergoing an overhaul). As you can imagine, he had a lot of great information to share. I think it will take me at least two posts to cover it all. But what struck me was the humor and fun we had at this meeting. I’m pulling a few of the things he covered that have an aura of genius about them. Continue reading “Jeff Lyons Presents”
I happened to be swimming alone the other day. Actually, there were other people in the pool, but none of them were my close friends so I kept doing my “laps” and thinking about all kinds of stuff. One lady said something about a woman who kicked her husband out for reasons. My mind jumped into story mode. What if a man found out his wife had kicked him out due to gossip going around town? He goes to work in the morning, and a coworker gives him condolences. Continue reading “The Swamp of Inspiration”