Networking Net Worth

How do you find out what is going on in the world of writers and agents and publishers? You can’t rely on Google much anymore to retrieve the best and latest information. You can subscribe to Publishers Weekly and similar trade publications, you can join Romance Writers of America and get the monthly magazine, and you can participate in National Novel Writing Month events in April, July, and November. Or you can find people to connect with. Continue reading “Networking Net Worth”

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My Name on The Cover of a Romance Novel!

That statement is true, but it’s not quite the realization of a goal that it might seem. The book is Miss Hungerford’s Handsome Hero by Noël Vreeland Carter. My husband found it on the internet and bought it for me. He is certainly my handsome hero. Continue reading “My Name on The Cover of a Romance Novel!”

Miracle Morning for Writers: A Review

I often have a miracle morning on the weekends, but I don’t think that’s exactly what this particular help book is about. The Miracle Morning for Writers (place long subtitle here) by Hal Elrod and Steve Scott looks at a process of planning your day ahead of time, especially your morning, to optimize the use of your time. It’s a pretty cool idea. Continue reading “Miracle Morning for Writers: A Review”

More from the Crime Scene

When Geoff Symon spoke to my RWA group last month, I learned a new word: curtilage. No, it’s not a description of an impolite person or a part of the body. It’s the land that surrounds your home. All the way to the curb, which means the police can’t go on your driveway to look into your car. Farmland, if marked off, includes buildings, barns, silos, and garage. A homeless person has no curtilage but police can’t search their cart without permission. A tent on public property is also not private. Continue reading “More from the Crime Scene”

Keeping Crime Real

My local RWA Chapter had the pleasure of listening to Geoff Symon speak about something he knows a lot about: Crime. Geoff is a Federal forensic investigator who has worked on some very high-profile cases, such as Chandra Leavy, the September 11th destruction of the World Trade Center Towers, and a case study he shared with us from Edwards Air Force Base. Continue reading “Keeping Crime Real”

Alert! Your Story is Waiting

Things in my life are almost more than a sane person can handle. Luckily, I haven’t been completely sane for at least 22 years. I’m testifying in a murder trial, I lost the last surviving uncle on my mom’s side of the family, and I can’t get the refrigerator out of my dining room so I can put the dining room table back there and have a living room once again. I was hand feeding baby birds, thinking the court drama would take a day, then had to scramble for a back up when it appeared we’d be tied up for a couple weeks. I’m pretty sure the lawyers would not like to have 5 parakeet chicks begging for food in the courtroom. Continue reading “Alert! Your Story is Waiting”

The Stupids

If I were a heroine, I would walk gracefully into a room, greet everyone with a smile, settle on the sofa next to someone interesting, then proceed to join the conversation already in progress. Everyone would be delighted by my intelligence and my humor. Someone would lean over and ask me where I purchased that beautiful dress, to which I would reply I had made it myself. My hair is also perfect and my shoes high fashion. Continue reading “The Stupids”