How Did They?

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?”

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Who’s Your Poodle?

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?”

More from Jeff Lyons

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”

Jeff Lyons Presents

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”

The Swamp of Inspiration

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”

My Writing Day

So many writers in the world have a lot going against them, yet they continue to write and to put out novels that entertain while making us think. I’m never going to write a book that requires deep thought since I don’t live in a war-torn country or suffer from disabilities or work a full-time job or even have small children to care for. I was a coward and gave up writing when my kids were younger. IT seemed the thing to do at the time. Continue reading “My Writing Day”