Austen Unabridged

Apparently, all my life, I have been reading and listening to works by Jane Austen that are abridged. I read somewhere that the abridged books are best because Miss Austen tended to preach her fondest ideas which applied to her own time and would bore the modern reader. I have just discovered that this is not the case. I am listening to Pride and Prejudice, Unabridged, and discovering nuances that make the whole thing more well rounded.

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Extend the Leash on Your Muse

Writers are often given the ability to write from some source they can’t exactly put their finger on. When asked where they get their ideas, many will call on their Muse as the source of their inspiration. Recently, a fellow writer said in an off-handed way something about extending the leash on their muse. And I thought, hmm. Okay, maybe I didn’t exactly let those sounds run through my brain. But what if I am stuck in my early Muse ideas and need to set my Muse free? Continue reading “Extend the Leash on Your Muse”

Thanksgiving and the Purpose of National Novel Writing Month

Catherine Bybee spoke to my Romance Writers of America local chapter on the 17th of November. She is an amazing storyteller and if you get the chance to hear her, you should take advantage of it. While not the topic of her speech, she did say something that sparked my blog post for today. Continue reading “Thanksgiving and the Purpose of National Novel Writing Month”

Who’s Your Poodle?

I have a dog, a bunch of birds, and a couple feral cats. I walk with another dog owner. I meet with bird lovers every month. My Goddaughter has a sweet cat. I check out cat pictures on the internet. And I have friends who have horses, goats, aquarium fish, tortoises, snakes, and lizards. I know very few people who do not have pets of some kind. So if all my characters do not have pets, they seem less human, somehow. I mean, how many times have you seen something mentioned in the last two years about the only president to not have a dog? Continue reading “Who’s Your Poodle?”

The Swamp of Inspiration

I happened to be swimming alone the other day. Actually, there were other people in the pool, but none of them were my close friends so I kept doing my “laps” and thinking about all kinds of stuff. One lady said something about a woman who kicked her husband out for reasons. My mind jumped into story mode. What if a man found out his wife had kicked him out due to gossip going around town? He goes to work in the morning, and a coworker gives him condolences. Continue reading “The Swamp of Inspiration”