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”
This is the post that should have gone up on Sunday. I run myself ragged and can’t always meet my deadlines. Guess that makes me a real, honest writer. As Douglas Adams said, I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by. Let’s just jump into the books and the one movie for April through May. So far.
More than twenty years ago, I first joined RWA-SD as a wanna-be writer of Romance. I was working on my first Regency romance (don’t ask, it sucked) and didn’t know anyone. Roughly 6 months later, I had made friends with 3 other new writers who lived in my area, or close enough and had volunteered to man the sales table of used books. The 3 writers and I started a critique group and may or may not have helped each other. I’ve lost contact with all but one of them and she is doing wonderfully, even if she’s not writing any longer. Continue reading “Live Critique Group”
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”
I’m a sucker for a drawing opportunity. My bird club has monthly drawings which explains why I have so many birds, and my local chapter of RWA has a drawing once a year. This year, I was able to purchase more tickets than ever before and I won three times. Considering how many people were there (the room was filled to capacity), you will understand why I am impressed. I’ve been lucky to win once or twice in the past. Continue reading “Romance Writers of America, Literacy, and Catherine Bybee”
These days, I hope the only superstition that writers stick to is finding a place with uninterrupted WiFi, a laptop that won’t suddenly commit seppuku, and a steady supply of coffee or other liquid fuels. In fact, I am writing this right now in such a place and my luck is holding. Knock on wood. Continue reading “Writer’s Superstitions”
This month is the month of my birth, the beginning of the school year for so many, and has always seemed like the start of a new year to me. I have been the center of my universe for a long time and it’s hard for me to change perspective. And that’s not a bad word to use for the month. Continue reading “Word of the Month for September”