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”

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Romance Writers of America, Literacy, and Catherine Bybee

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”

More from Jeff Lyons

Have you ever been at a restaurant with a huge menu, and think that there are too many good choices. All your favorites are available but you only have room for one dish. If the waiter came over and said, “Just look at page 3,” your options would be reduced and improved because of those items on the page, only one or two would appeal to you. Continue reading “More from Jeff Lyons”

Jeff Lyons Presents

As happens almost every month, I was lucky to attend my local Romance Writers of America chapter meeting for October. Our speaker was Jeff Lyons, a published fiction/nonfiction author, screenwriter, and story development consultant in the film, television, and publishing industries (but his web page is undergoing an overhaul). As you can imagine, he had a lot of great information to share. I think it will take me at least two posts to cover it all. But what struck me was the humor and fun we had at this meeting. I’m pulling a few of the things he covered that have an aura of genius about them. Continue reading “Jeff Lyons Presents”

Characters That Step Off the Page

HelenKay Dimon never clapped about her election as president of Romance Writers of America’s National Board. She’s been involved with the board long enough to know it’s going to be tough work. However, she will gladly address any questions so don’t forget that she is on the loop. If you are an RWA member, don’t spread rumors. Ask her! Continue reading “Characters That Step Off the Page”