This Could Happen to Anyone

I have finished the rough draft of my much worked on novel, Crazy for Trying. Now it will be set up for critiques and then edited to within an inch of its life. I will finish my long delayed last book in the Regency Banquet series, Dessert: Pure Elation. It, too, will get sent out for critiques and then edited. Then eventually I will have Advanced Reader Copies (ARC) and I will need to find willing beta readers. One group who likes Romantic Suspense, and one that likes very hot Regency romances. Continue reading “This Could Happen to Anyone”

Writers Need Books to Read

Many well known and well-paid authors tell beginner writers to read whenever you can’t write. The reason is, reading will expose you to more ideas, more styles of writing, and a lot of great fiction. Even non-fiction can be useful and if it fits into the research you need to do for your novel, that’s a win-win. Continue reading “Writers Need Books to Read”

KEEP WRITING

November means NaNoWriMo and that means my blogs will probably be repeats until December. Sorry/Not Sorry because I am having fun with NaNo! Hope your writing is going along well, too. — DLH

I can’t steal the slogan, Finish the Damn Book, because that is a Cherry Adair thing. Good news, you can even join in on Facebook! Really cool, huh? Well, as long as you are going to finish the damn book. And keep popping in to update your goals. See, you do need to actually do something here. Continue reading “KEEP WRITING”

October Tweet What You Read

Leaves are turning red and gold, spooky stories are gaining popularity, and it’s nearly time to dress up as our true selves. October comes packed with fun and games, but also with cooler weather that might keep me inside and reading. In the last 30 days, I had sunny days and outside chores to take care of. So I present four books and no movies and nothing new in my AudioBooks selections. Continue reading “October Tweet What You Read”

Words you Hate Typing

Would. Why is there a U in that word? I can’t think that we need it any longer. Can we start a committee to spell words the way we say them? Or an easier way to spell things? For instance, the worst word to type in English on a qwerty keyboard is opportunity or extraordinary or noncompliance or answer. Or is it just me? Continue reading “Words you Hate Typing”

Hydrotherapy

Have you heard that term? How was it being used? I can’t believe how many times I have heard it recently since I began watching dog rescue videos on YouTube. One vet uses it to mean he’s going to wash the rescued animal and especially clean out any open wounds. Wikipedia thinks it means getting into hot water, then into cold water, then back to warm. Also, there’s the use of whirlpools and spas. Well, here’s what Hydrotherapy for Writers is like.

 

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What I think I look like when swimming

 

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Why Facebook?

I’m a busy woman who isn’t getting any younger or thinner or well-rested. My house is a disaster, my birds are longing for more attention, my dog needs more walks, and I have stuff to do for a bunch of groups in which I participate. So why do I spend so much time on Facebook? Wouldn’t I rather be marching for immigrants’ rights or vacuuming the living room again? Continue reading “Why Facebook?”

Care, Feeding, and Training of Your Muse

I Googled the above title and found out I am not the only one who wants more control over my writing instinct and inspiration. I go to my critique group and get the best advice for the story in its current shape. I want to write! I want to use what they told me and manage at least 10k words. But by the time I go home, after stopping at one or two stores along the way, I have to put groceries away and take care of birds and clean the kitchen and get the laundry moved along. When at last I sit down at my desk I have to get up again and find where I put my laptop bag, unpack it and connect it to everything. By then my muse is sitting in a corner playing with dust bunnies. Bad Muse! No biscuit for you. Continue reading “Care, Feeding, and Training of Your Muse”

Ghosts of Stories Past

A sudden uptick of interest in my Regency trilogy has gotten me thinking more about my last book in the series. The one that is a few thousand words shy of finished. The one that wraps up all the loose ends and gets all the Curtis children married happily ever after, plus a few surprises for their father and Cooper’s aunt. Maybe it’s time to finish that, between working on Crazy for Trying and all the blogs and Facebook pages. Continue reading “Ghosts of Stories Past”

Romance Writers of America Family

Hey, what would you say is the one thing you share with your family? Do you play chess with Dad? Go hunting with Grandma? Do you cruise the bars with Mom? Go on shopping sprees with Sissy? Maybe you beat your brother at darts every Saturday. Well, in the local chapter of Romance Writers of America, we have members of the same family who write Romances. We have a few mother-daughter writers, a smattering of sisters, and the occasional husband-wife team who cheer each other on. And, yes, we do like to have men join the club. No initiation rites or anything. Continue reading “Romance Writers of America Family”