April Challenges

Every April, National Novel Writing Month junkies get a short reprieve in the form of Camp NaNo. They call it “An idyllic writer’s retreat smack dab in the middle of your crazy life.” You sign in and complete a writing project in one month. They throw around phrases like 100% fun and free to participants. They don’t mention how much the therapy is going to cost you when you have a stress-related breakdown. Continue reading “April Challenges”

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Research Rabbit Hole

Why can it be so hard to write a Romance novel? Or any work of fiction, for that matter. Once you learn the basics of Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar, plotting, character creation, world building, and the three-act structure for scenes and chapters, everything else is a snap, right? Pick yourself up from the floor where you fell while laughing. I know. If only. Continue reading “Research Rabbit Hole”

Have a New Year!

New beginnings is such a magical concept to most human cultures that rituals abound at every opportunity. Birthdays, becoming an adult, getting hitched, starting a family, all have celebrations to go along with the occasion. Starting a book, finishing a book, while these are lesser known celebrations, they certainly are an excuse to get drunk and text your friends to assure them you will always love them. Continue reading “Have a New Year!”

January 2019 Word of the Month

As a child, the youngest of three and the only one to grow up after my father left the home, I was spoiled and cosseted by my mother to the point where she discouraged my sister from making me behave. By the time I got to high school, I had no study habits and no skills to stay on task. It’s been an issue throughout my life, in my sluggish academics and my problems finishing my novels. Continue reading “January 2019 Word of the Month”