Mentoring

There are times when one steps outside one’s door, expecting to go down the street to the park. But something distracts you turn right and end up at the fire station. Such is the path of this blog post. I wanted to get more input on Romance Writers of America’s new Mentoring program. But searching for Mentoring brought me to a blog called All the Kissing. The particular post I landed on was written almost two years ago. But it is so perfect for this topic. I might as well stop typing and let you go read that! Continue reading “Mentoring”

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Romance Awards

If you were an actor, would you rather get an Academy Award, knowing you were chosen for the amount of money your producer could invest in advertising your skills, or a People’s Choice award, where you are chosen because of your fan base? Many actors say they would much rather have the latter award.

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My RWA Notes from July National Conference

I love the way that sounds like I actually went to the conference. But actually, my local chapter of Romance Writers of America has a recap meeting every August. It’s almost like going there but cheaper and better food. Maybe. This year we did something different as far as where the meeting was held, and it worked out well enough that we may do it every year. The selling point was the air conditioning. Welcome to Southern California in August. Continue reading “My RWA Notes from July National Conference”

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”

Right on Schedule!

Hello, friends! I know what you really, really want. You want to be a Rich, Famous Writer! You want to travel all expenses paid to speaking gigs and conferences to talk about writing. Maybe even write a book about writing with a catchy name like On Writing. And you want to be able to buy ridiculous things because you are so rich, you don’t know what to do with all the money! Want to know how to accomplish that? Of course you do! Now, pay attention. Continue reading “Right on Schedule!”

Romance Writers of America Family

Hey, what would you say is the one thing you share with your family? Do you play chess with Dad? Go hunting with Grandma? Do you cruise the bars with Mom? Go on shopping sprees with Sissy? Maybe you beat your brother at darts every Saturday. Well, in the local chapter of Romance Writers of America, we have members of the same family who write Romances. We have a few mother-daughter writers, a smattering of sisters, and the occasional husband-wife team who cheer each other on. And, yes, we do like to have men join the club. No initiation rites or anything. Continue reading “Romance Writers of America Family”

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”