Pre-Order Your Books Now

At RWA 2016 (That’s author code for the national convention of Romance Writers of America this year) I enjoyed listening to Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords in 2008. This amazing man has had his problems, certainly, but I learned a bunch from his speech. Continue reading “Pre-Order Your Books Now”

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Mysterious Galaxy Part Two: Sir Terry Pratchett

Last time I wrote about the recent, still fresh in my mind, book signing by the funny man Christopher Moore. A week after the event, and I continue to be optimistic and happy due to that encounter. So it’s time to bring me down a notch. I’m going back a number of years here, so my memories may be less accurate. Continue reading “Mysterious Galaxy Part Two: Sir Terry Pratchett”

Mysterious Galaxy Part One: Christopher Moore

There’s a place in my world where many power lines of writing talent converge. As a result, I have met many authors, attended many classes and workshops, and purchased many, many books. Many. The high points in this Network Of Writing Talent (NOWT) are local science fiction conventions, RWA chapter meetings, and an independent bookstore called Mysterious Galaxy. Continue reading “Mysterious Galaxy Part One: Christopher Moore”

Why do We Love Fairy Tales?

This could also be titled, my years as an ugly stepsister. But I never lived with my stepsister and I was a cute kid. I have been told. None of the pets I ever had sang or danced or even talked to me. No prince came to rescue me from a tower until I was really old (still pretty cool to happen at all) and no gold coins or roses fell out of my mouth when I spoke unless I had planted them there first. Continue reading “Why do We Love Fairy Tales?”

I See What You’re Saying

Whenever someone says, I see what you’re saying, I look for the speech balloon. Or the puff of vapor shaped like words. It’s funny, but as a writer, it’s exactly what I am trying to achieve.

The person who sees isn’t using their eyes. They are using their mind’s eye. They can visualize what the words on paper mean. It’s a pretty awesome connection to make with someone. And many writers never get the full impact of how they connected with someone. Continue reading “I See What You’re Saying”

Reading and Romance

My husband taught me so much about romance! We’ve been togther for 20 years, and in that time he has shown me that physical beauty is nothing compared to intelligence and a sense of humor. I don’t understand what he sees in me, and probably never will. Likewise, he doesn’t get why strange women flirt with him, and I can’t get enough of my honey. Continue reading “Reading and Romance”

Back to the Book List

I advertise this as the list of books from the California Dreaming’ Writers Convention, but I am dipping in to all the workshops I attended as well. It’s very hard to separate them. And I am a total noob at conventions like this. Put me in a science fiction fantasy horror steampunk anime convention, and I know the ropes. But, well, things were in the brochure that were invitation only. One had to win a place in the sessions at the drawing held that morning. One event caught my eye, and even though it was scheduled late in the day, I went to the suite to hear M.A. Taylor sharing Cop Tales. Oh,yeah, this lady is who I want to be when I grow up! I crashed the event, but luckily someone who had actually won a ticket could not make it, so I was allowed to stay. I am not likely to ever write a cop story, but I may have a detective wander into a story. The most important thing I learned was that the San Bernadino International Airport is favored over LAX by many celebrities and sports teams. Continue reading “Back to the Book List”