Must be the Mistletoe

When I first became a writer and member of Romance Writers of America (we’re on hold with that right now) I asked an editor if they accepted Christmas holiday romance stories for anthologies and stand-alones. She said, no, pretty much you had to be invited to write for one and to submit it. That didn’t stop me from writing them. In fact, I have published one in serial form in this blog some years back. Continue reading “Must be the Mistletoe”

Writers and Stress

Happy last Sunday in November! This coming week, you’ll either be somewhere alone wishing you had family and friends around to share Thanksgiving with or in the midst of those family members and friends wishing you had more time to yourself. You’re a writer, this is National Novel Writing Month, and you’ve reached the 30k words mark. Only 20k more to go with 6 days to finish, which means you’ll need 3,334 words each day. No problem! Continue reading “Writers and Stress”

December Word of the Month

Are you sick of carols and candy and snowmen yet? Well, hang in there, you have a few more weeks to go. If you lived back in the day, Christmas would last until January 7th, the 12th day after the supposed birth of Christ, and that was the time for giving gifts. I say supposed because science has shown the shepherds didn’t sleep in the snow with the sheep in winter. Everyone was indoors at that time of year. Spring was the time when the lambs were born and the guardians of the flock went on overtime. Continue reading “December Word of the Month”

Merry and Bright

Despite the title, this is not a cheerful holiday post. If you have been on this planet for a couple decades or more, you probably realize that creative people often have a demon called Depression in their make-up. We don’t wish for it, we don’t like it, and some days we can ignore it and go about our business. Other days, there’s nothing else in our brains. Continue reading “Merry and Bright”