I NEED A MAGIC 8 BALL #writingplans #writerslife

Awww, it’s the month of heart and flowers! You’d think since I write romance, I’d be all about Cupid and his arrows, but nope, not really. Actually, I think I’m a big humbug on many of the holidays, probably because while sitting and muttering to myself I tend to lose track of time. But back […]

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The Untraveled Road #writergoals

*Takes a deep breath* Smell that? That is the scent of brand, spankin’ new year. Yep, the rough ride of 2016 is in our rearview, and the unexplored road of 2017 lays before us. Before we begin our travels, I must, like all those around me, take a moment to reflect upon the mile posts […]

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#NANO Survivor

Another NANOWRIMO has come and gone, leaving carnage in its wake. Many times throughout the brutal battle I considered raising my tattered white flag. Who in their right mind thought challenging writers to create on a consistent basis for THIRTY DAYS straight during THE BUSIEST HOLIDAY SEASON of the YEAR was a good idea? Did […]

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Driving the NANO-bahn #nanotips #nano

It’s NANO time, peeps and we’re a whopping two days in. How’s everyone doing with their word counts? You nailing that 1667 a day thing? You are? Good for you! I’m right there with you, toiling away one word at a time. I figured this would be a good time to share a few survival […]

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Are You Prepared to NANO? #nanowrimo

It’s coming down the pike like a flaming bowling ball of despair and agony–NANOWRIMO! The dreaded month of words guaranteed to send every (to use Chuck Wendig’s moniker) Pen Monkey screaming into the treetops.  For those who remain blissfully ignorant of the ruthlessly sadistic reality of Nanowrimo (Nano for those poor mutilated souls left battered […]

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Falling Into Winter #changingseasons #life

Winter is coming! Do you know how I, a desert dweller, can tell? The temperatures have dropped to double digits. Add in the fact that I work at a University where students have the most curious modes for dressing (bundled in sweater and scarf on top, Bermuda shorts and flip-flops on bottom) and I can […]

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Finding Your Voice #writertips

Funny thing about writers, you can read a collection of words, and if you’re familiar enough with the writer, even without their name appearing anywhere to clue you in, you’ll know it’s them. Why? Because their writing voice is like the dulcet tones of your best friend. For a writer, finding your voice is like […]

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Planning It Out #writerbuisnessplan

While at the RWA Conference I attended a workshop given by the talented Stephanie Bond on the value of a Writer’s Business Plan. Hold your horses, young one, don’t bail on me. I get that the use of “business plan” may invoke images of scurrying executives with briefcases in hand or endless board meetings, but […]

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Are You Ready to Brave the Great Pitch Session? #pitchprep

While you’re frantically trying to figure out how to shove that last pair of jeans into an already over-stuffed suitcase, circling around the edges of your mix of excitement and anxiety of attending your upcoming writers conference, is the annoying whisper of, “Am I ready to pitch this?” Before we tackle that question we need […]

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Getting Back To The Grind #checkin

Welcome back and come on in. Do you like what we’ve done with the place? Yeah, the remodel was long overdue, but we’re just thrilled with the end results. Settle in for a bit and I’ll catch you up on the latest events so next week we can get back to our regular programming. (settling […]

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