Month: September 2011

Is it possible you’re showing when you should be telling?

Is it possible you’re showing when you should be telling?

Last night I shared a couple beers and an awesome burger (best burgers in town, can I get an Amen?) at a local watering hole in Mobile, Callaghan’s Irish Social Club, with a fellow emerging writer.  Above the sound of a local music duo, we talked about the […]

Friday Grab bag – Dialects, Revision checklist and Girls with Pens

Friday Grab bag – Dialects, Revision checklist and Girls with Pens

Came across this handy revision checklist – The oh-so-fun revision checklist for writing. Handy if you’re at the same stage as me, which is wrestling a draft into some semblance of shape. And along the same lines – 6 Steps for Your Final Edit, which […]

Why I’m Happy My Mom Hates the Ending…

Why I’m Happy My Mom Hates the Ending…

So, my mom is not your typical your-work-is-wonderful-dear kind of reader, which I’m happy about. I made the mistake of having her read a first draft, though, of an earlier work, and boy was that rough. It was good, but rough. Rough in the sense of […]

Writing Newbie Tip: Adverbs can also indicate you’re telling

Writing Newbie Tip: Adverbs can also indicate you’re telling

I’m a relatively new writer learning the craft and am painfully aware I have a long way to go. I learn new things every day. This post today is for new writers like me, because often I think more experienced writers forget what it’s like […]

Be Humble: Fact Check, Or Why I Thought I Knew This Fact About Jane Austen

Be Humble: Fact Check, Or Why I Thought I Knew This Fact About Jane Austen

When I originally conceived this blog post, it was to use Jane Austen’s anonymity as an example of fact-checking. It still is, but with a little twist. The point turned back on me waving its index finger. When reading historical romances, I get frustrated by […]

Monday Grab Bag: Critiques, Babbage and Nerds!

Monday Grab Bag: Critiques, Babbage and Nerds!

Some articles, tweets and sites I ran across this morning that I thought others might be interested in. Tabitha makes an excellent point on her post today Writer Musings: How To Get The Most Out Of A Critique, Part Three: if you don’t know the heart […]

Holy neutrino Batman! Time travel might be possible?

Holy neutrino Batman! Time travel might be possible?

h/t @TessaDare, @EddieMcClintock Jeff Forshaw, a professor of particle physics at Britain’s Manchester University, told Reuters the results if confirmed would mean it would be possible in theory to “send information into the past”. “In other words, time travel into the past would become possible…#though# […]

To Our Future – a time-travel romance

To Our Future – a time-travel romance

Okay, so about the novel I’m working on. I’m really excited about it as I’ve always been a sucker for the time travel story. It’s such a fun way to see history and I love the juxtapositions of modern sensibilities with whatever past the protagonist […]

Just Pre-Ordered Everything I Know About Love I Learned From Romance Novels

Just Pre-Ordered Everything I Know About Love I Learned From Romance Novels

Whew. That was a long title to type out. Anyway, am excited about this as it comes from one of my two favorite Smart Bitches, so it should prove to be an hilarious read while also defending the genre we know and love. I became fans […]

Tap, tap, tap…. is this thing on?

Tap, tap, tap…. is this thing on?

Welcome! Well, the first post is always awkward. You’re addressing no one as yet, but there’s a need to go ahead and get that first one up. An introduction is probably in order: I’m Angela Quarles and I am in the process of finishing up the […]