July Word of the Month: Declaration

“I do declare,” said Scarlet O’Hara of Tara. And then she went on to say things that no one remembers, but everyone remembers “I do declare!” Having just slipped past Independence Day, I thought I would delve into the word, Declaration. Continue reading “July Word of the Month: Declaration”

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My Parents Thesis

Are you laughing? Okay, good. Because talking about parents can be a very touchy subject. People I have known were given up at birth for adoption. Many lost their parents due to suicide. Another category watched one or both parents suffer from a disease that we should have found a cure for by now. Accidents, estrangements, other medical issues, all have claimed the lives of other parents. I lost my mother to complications of diabetes twenty some years ago. My father passed away from being old last year. Since then, I have had to think about my characters and their parents. Continue reading “My Parents Thesis”

The Stupids

If I were a heroine, I would walk gracefully into a room, greet everyone with a smile, settle on the sofa next to someone interesting, then proceed to join the conversation already in progress. Everyone would be delighted by my intelligence and my humor. Someone would lean over and ask me where I purchased that beautiful dress, to which I would reply I had made it myself. My hair is also perfect and my shoes high fashion. Continue reading “The Stupids”

Plotting via Motivation

Laurie Schnebly Campbell’s second Romance Novel beat out Nora Roberts for Best Special Edition of the Year. After writing six books, she had enough inquiries about her method that she began holding workshops and teaching groups of Romance Writers. Soon after that, she realized she loved teaching as much as writing and began a whole new phase of her career.

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A Life Full of Gifts

After many days circling the sun on this planet, I’ve come to realize that the only way to get what I wanted for any gift-giving occasion is to buy it myself. For myself. It works! This Christmas I got a beautiful blouse hand-embroidered with a cute dog paw print, gold hoop earrings, and sugar-free dark chocolate. Lots of sugar-free dark chocolate. Continue reading “A Life Full of Gifts”

Who Invented Sex?

This simple question was thrown out in a joking manner by my husband. My silly answer was that amoebas probably thought about it and wished they had the equipment to do it. So I decided that would be a fun topic to cover in this blog. There’s a multi-part documentary called The History of Sex from 1999, but I want to look beyond humans. I doubt we primates invented the act, or are the only creatures who do it just for fun sometimes. Continue reading “Who Invented Sex?”