No Lines for You!

I read Sense and Sensibility in high school when I had just discovered Jane Austin and couldn’t get enough of her writing. That was many decades ago. Since then, I have watched the 1995 movie version several times. I think that I have a good excuse for not noticing then the differences between book and movie. Now I am listening to an unabridged version and had a bit of a shock when certain characters were introduced. Continue reading “No Lines for You!”

Time for a Change

My extremely beneficial and entertaining chapter of Romance Writers of America knew I was struggling with getting my writing on track, so the program chairs brought in Joe Hardell to give us an Influencer Workshop — The Power to Change Anything. As you can see from the link, he works for Abbott Vascular and reminded us that when you make boxes or shoes, you might be able to have a 10% error rate. When you make machines that will be inserted into live people, your error rate must be zero. Continue reading “Time for a Change”

Suffering Characters

I can’t find and don’t remember who said something to the effect of get your characters up to their eyeballs in alligators and then throw stones at them. It’s good advice and looking back at my favorite books and movies, there is a common theme of how close to losing it all the characters came. By the bye, being up to any body part in alligators is a uniquely American phrase. Perhaps in Ancient Egypt, they were up to their asses in asps, but no record has survived. Continue reading “Suffering Characters”

The End of an Error

In the midst of one of the worst financial situations in my life, I had advice from a friend to just self-publish as many books as I could and that the money would follow. It’s that whole “do what you love” thing. I started that with my Regency romances but I also decided to follow another path. I had an amazing idea (I thought) for a paranormal anthology. And it would be one that could keep going forever. I created my world around a pub called The Bowman’s Inn and opened the doors to writers who were interested. Continue reading “The End of an Error”

Are You a Thin Eater or a Fat Eater?

We are not talking about what you eat here. I’m talking about how. Those people are out there that forget to eat for a whole day. Food is not their focus, not their reason for living, and not the least the one thing they plan out every morning. Thin eaters are living their lives and eating to live. Fat eaters are eating their lives and living to eat. Often, those meals are not as satisfying as you would think. Continue reading “Are You a Thin Eater or a Fat Eater?”