Random Writer Thoughts

Writing is in my blood and my heart, right next to loving parrots and finches and wanting to be Susie Homemaker. And gardening. And my dog. I’ve always had issues with focus, in my work life and my social life. I still belong to too many groups and of course, I volunteer too much. Will I ever get my book published? Continue reading “Random Writer Thoughts”

Who am I, Really?

National Novel Writing Month is moving apace, and you are getting repeats! Enjoy! — DLH

Writers dislike several things. Most of us struggle to write a synopsis. We don’t particularly like query letters. We have to push to get a character sketch done properly. And we wish someone else would take our first drafts and make them perfect. Continue reading “Who am I, Really?”

Tweet What You Read!

Once again, I am making my conscious feel better by blogging about the books I read and that, in turn, goes out to Twitter feeds all over the planet. I also include movies because, dudes and dudettes, we are living in a visual world. Do you see what I did there? My excuse for this blog is that I have been sick for 3 weeks and my head isn’t sure where it’s attached right now. If at all. The antibiotics, they do nothing! Continue reading “Tweet What You Read!”

Fonts, Past and Present

I almost called this Little Lord Font LeRoy. Aren’t you glad I resisted? Fonts are a huge part of branding your novels, but there’s so much out there to look through and choose from. What’s important here is your genre and sub-genre. You certainly don’t want a silly-looking typeface when you are selling a romantic suspense. Continue reading “Fonts, Past and Present”

Part Two of My Notes from a Recap of RWA National 2018

When we left our erstwhile author, she was taking notes by hand on the Recap of the 2018 National RWA Conference. Now she is attempting to transcribe those notes and do laundry and make a shopping list while hoping the dog can wait to be walked another hour. Let’s look in at her progress. Continue reading “Part Two of My Notes from a Recap of RWA National 2018”

Science Fiction Quadruple Feature

You would not believe how much fun a book festival can be for a writer. Okay, maybe you would. But most people think these events are only for readers. After all, there are a bunch of books for sale, a few to be given away, and authors to meet and get a signature from. But there are also writers groups, like Romance Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and Writers Ink. More than you can possibly join and attend on a regular basis without a Time Turner.

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Get Paid to Write! No, Really!

Chris Marie Green came to speak last month at my local Romance Writers of America chapter. I wrote about her morning talk and the use of music for inspiration. Her afternoon talk delivered some practical advice to stay funded while writing. She called it “A Brave New World; Options for the Freelance Writer.”

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