December Word of the Month

The year 2019 is drawing to a close. I have gained weight. I have not finished any new books. I have failed National Novel Writing Month. I have managed to seem hateful and rude through jokes I posted on Facebook. There is only one word, to sum up this year. Continue reading “December Word of the Month”

Talking Trash

NaNoWriMo has me typing my fingers off, so you are getting repeats. I selected this one based on the football-related graphics.  Enjoy! — DLH

The internet, especially social media sites like Facebook, open up a world where arguments run rampant and you might find yourself trying to defend a person or an idea for hours or days at a time. Why? Because the other person started it. And you are going to finish it.

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Who am I, Really?

National Novel Writing Month is moving apace, and you are getting repeats! Enjoy! — DLH

Writers dislike several things. Most of us struggle to write a synopsis. We don’t particularly like query letters. We have to push to get a character sketch done properly. And we wish someone else would take our first drafts and make them perfect. Continue reading “Who am I, Really?”

November Word of the Month

I grew up in a very white world. I recently realized that Thanksgiving is a white male Christian holiday. I understand why Native Americans choose not to celebrate it, especially with their entire culture reduced to a cartoonish sidekick role. Followed by lots of hate and bitterness and war. So our word for this month is marginalized. Continue reading “November Word of the Month”

October Tweet What You Read

Leaves are turning red and gold, spooky stories are gaining popularity, and it’s nearly time to dress up as our true selves. October comes packed with fun and games, but also with cooler weather that might keep me inside and reading. In the last 30 days, I had sunny days and outside chores to take care of. So I present four books and no movies and nothing new in my AudioBooks selections. Continue reading “October Tweet What You Read”

Diversity in Romance

What we have here is a failure to communicate. Since the dawn of Romance novels, publishers and editors have believed that POC (People of Color) preferred to read about white women and white men. Also, and more to the point, white women didn’t want to buy books about POC so don’t put them on the cover! Well, in recent years, a lot of people of varying shades have expressed their displeasure at this policy. Romance Writers of America has taken steps to improve the situation. Continue reading “Diversity in Romance”

June Word of the Month

Summer is looming and my body is not at all ready to go to the beach. I’d have to wear the Not a Whale sign again. Totally too warm for that. If I was a whale, everyone would want me for my blubber. My oil would light up the world. But I wouldn’t have hands so I couldn’t type this blog. Being overweight most of my life means that I have struggled for control in many things. Let’s take a look at that word, shall we? Continue reading “June Word of the Month”

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”

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”