On June 17, 2017, best-selling author Susan Squires came to talk to the chapter of Romance Writers of America to which I belong. Squee! I am such a fan of this lady. Her presentation is called Talking Back to Your Brain. She knows this subject well. Continue reading “Talking Back to Your Brain”
Fans of the rock group My Chemical Romance know what can be deeply moving and scary about loving someone with Cancer. Streetlight Manifesto’s As the Footsteps Die Out Forever Ever made me cry. Garage Band Nirvana covered the issue in Heart-Shaped Box. Tumblr has a list of great songs and the reasons behind them when known. Continue reading “Love and Cancer”
If you have been reading my blog for a while, you know how much I love my local chapter of Romance Writers of America. You may also know that I won NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) for 2016. That just means I finished my novel on time. But it also means I signed up for information on meet-ups in my area. Continue reading “Wednesday Mornings”
I didn’t think I would ever run out of things from the CalDreaming Conference to write about. I probably still have notes to transcribe from the RWA National Convention last year. But here I am looking at my notes and I think it’s time to share Mr. Mayer with you. Continue reading “Bob Mayer Covers Character and Point Of View, Part One”
*You’re mileage may vary.
I am bragging again. My chapter of Romance Writers of America is The BOMB! We get the best speakers, the best programs, we help with the best covfefes, and we have a HIGH percentage of published writers, like 77%.** Just last month, May of 2017, we were presented with a workshop by Carina Press’s Editorial Director Angela James! She has an amazing workshop on self-editing called Before You Hit Send. . . . This blog goes up on June 4th so you will have to act NOW to register for her class that starts June 5th and goes through the 30th of June. Hurry, do it! The class notes are already up. Oh, here’s the link.
** I totally made that number up. Continue reading “Self Editing Made Fun and Easy*”
Pitch Practice with Beth Yarnall
Late Friday evening, the first day of the conference, Author Beth Yarnell held a very detailed pitch practice for everyone who signed up to pitch on Saturday. She found out how few of us had ever pitched before, so instead of doing an overview, she chose to do a deep dive. I am so glad she did. Continue reading “California Dreamin 2017 Writers Conference Part 8”
The State of the Industry by HelenKay Simon and Shauna Summers
HelenKay (https://helenkaydimon.com/) is not only an author of many books but also serves on the board for RWA National. Shauna Summers is a publisher of many romance books. They delivered the information from the publisher’s side first, then the author’s side. Then they will take questions. Continue reading “California Deamin’ 2017 Writers Conference Part 6”