How will your protagonist get around in your story? How far away are they from the place where the story will unfold? How do you measure the distance and time needed to travel?
Some stories take place all in one setting, and the characters can move around on foot, like my favorite werewolf stories by Molly Harper that take place in a little town in Alaska. Sure, they do travel at times in trucks and other hearty vehicles, but mostly they go from the saloon to home and back again. Easy peasy as long as the weather holds.
Continue reading “Locomotion!”
Once almost every month, I learn something really important about the craft of writing. Often I learn things through out the months, but on the third Saturday, I know I will be getting together with lots of my fellow writers, some published, some just beginning, some like me in a weird middle ground. And we will have a speaker or two and we will learn important things. Continue reading “News of the Day”
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?”
Writers write. We sit in chairs, or couches, or at tables. We use pens, pencils, tables, computers, even crayons when inspiration strikes. If we are smart, or lucky, we use a balance ball for some of the sitting, or have a stand up desk, or top of the wish list, a treadmill desk. Continue reading “Supporting Characters”
Few people who haven’t studied the Regency era or British history understand that religion and political power were united most of the time. When a titled nobleman had a Parrish in his area of influence, then it became his right to bestow or “gift” that position or “living” to whomever he chose. Most often he did require the person to have had Holy Orders ordained. Continue reading “Render Unto Ceaser”
If you are a writer and you don’t know any other writers well enough to say, “Let’s go get coffee and talk about the plot,” you have a serious problem. Sure, people you know will talk out the plot with you. They will listen to you rant about the characters, and they will nod knowingly when you talk about publishing. But they have a very slight chance of knowing what the whole world of a writer is about. Continue reading “Many of My BFFs are Writers”
Yes, I had such a blast at the California Dreamin’ Writers Convention put on this last weekend by four local chapters of Romance Writers of America (RWA). I am thrilled that I had the opportunity to stay at the Embassy Suites for two nights, so that I didn’t miss anything. I made lots of rookie mistakes, but I will be so ready for next time. Continue reading “Conventional Wisdom”