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character profiles: Jodie, for example

character profiles: Jodie, for example

I’ve shared this (or some version of it) on some of my other writing blogs, but I don’t think I’ve ever shared it here. This is an example of the character profile questionnaire I use. Feel free to “borrow” any of these questions for your […]

time in a bottle: on short stories and time spans

Short stories are often thought to be the story of a moment. Where a novel can cover years and years worth of time, the given wisdom is that a short story rarely covers more than a very succinct period of time, like a week, a […]

ChickLitLove #4: gal pals

For #ChickLitLove Valentine week, Thursday’s topic is about Galentine’s Day! “It’s what?” was about my first reaction. I thought it was a typo, lol! But maybe some of you guys don’t live under rocks like I do. In short, it’s the day before Valentine’s Day, […]

ChickLitLove #3: meet the leading men

For #ChickLitLove Valentine week, Wednesday’s topic is all about the guys.  (For the record: I think it becomes clear that just in writing these interviews, I’ll need to forfeit my literary fiction author’s club card, but you know what, it was fun, so I don’t […]

ChickLitLove #2: romance in the bathroom

ChickLitLove #2: romance in the bathroom

For #ChickLitLove Valentine week, Tuesday’s topic is to share a romantic excerpt from your work. Here is where I fear I may have the most unromantic romance book of the bunch. Who knows. Like everybody has a different sense of humor, I think everybody has […]

why I love NaNoWriMo (even though I always lose)

why I love NaNoWriMo (even though I always lose)

I sort of “fail” at NaNo every year. If you note my ticker, this year was like many past years. First week strong, second week loses steam. Third week it seems like half of the people around me have already “won” NaNoWriMo and the other […]

I quit! And it feels so good!!!

On a spur of whimsy, an offhand comment on twitter today, I made the decision to quit trying to market my books. And more importantly, to quit caring. It was directly linked to the impending release of Sims 4, and this makes perfect nerdy sense, […]

listen up: three intense and haunting picks

#1: Milo Greene, “1957”. I can’t get enough of this song or this band. Haunting, dreamy, and nostalgic. Makes me want to write a story. And the whole album has me quite entranced. Check it out. One reviewer said, “like roots rock has been mixed […]

how to keep slugs off your strawberries

I will bestow upon you the knowledge of the most genius thing the internet has ever taught me: how to keep slugs off your strawberries. You see, the bastards like beer even more than they like strawberries. You fill a tuna can with beer, and […]

the senseless challenge, week 5: touch (Raine)

For my final piece in the Senseless Challenge, week 5, I’m sharing the very first chapter of my upcoming Nine Nights with the Studly Buddha, in its entirety. Which is possible because it’s a very short chapter at just about 1000 words. 😉 This is […]