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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Jack Davidson at RWA-SD Part 2

Note: This is late because I overschedule myself. Add it to the list below.

I have never been good at a few things. One is traveling light. Another is telling a story without a lot of back story. And this one, being able to write concise reports about meetings I attend. In any event, here are the rest of my notes on Jack Davidson, retired policeman, and manager of his own security company. (Part 1 is here) Continue reading “Jack Davidson at RWA-SD Part 2”

Flu Season Hunting Rules and Limits

First of all, Know your Flu. The symptoms are exactly the same, only the severity is different. A(H3) is more common this year than A(H1N1). Both like to prey on young children and the elderly. A late season showing by H3N2 is bad news for the elderly. Due to the weakening of the respiratory system, either flu could lead to pneumonia and hospitalization of any age person. Continue reading “Flu Season Hunting Rules and Limits”

If You See Something

Sunday’s blog was a recap of half of the notes I had from our speaker, Jack Davidson, retired police officer and manager of his own security company. One thing that Jack did while visiting us was to leave a backpack by the door to the room. No one in the Romance Writers of America, San Diego group thought anything of it. We were chastised very playfully for letting that slip by. I shared one of the incidents I have been involved in where someone saw something and said something and now I want to share both the incidents that call to mind. Continue reading “If You See Something”

Live Critique Group

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”

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”