This is a meme going around for about a month wherein tagees answer WIP-related questions and pass it along to others. I’ve been tagged by Janice Hardy, fabulous YA author of The Healing Wars trilogy, and by one of my Beta buddies Linda Morris, whom I’ve had the pleasure of Beta reading two of her works […]

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Song playing right now on my playlist: “Pride (In The Name Of Love),” by U2 NEWS: This week MUST LOVE BREECHES won 1st place in FF&P’s On the Far Side contest in the time travel/steampunk/historical category and a full request from the judging editor. It also finaled today in the Windy City Four Seasons Contest, […]

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I had a fellow writer friend ask my advice about the right time to submit to agents. She had everything mapped out admirably in her calendar, including sending it off to a freelance editor. She was doing everything right, except for one thing. She wanted to know if she could slot the query process into […]

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Man what a week that was! Last month (Wait. What??) was the Romance Writer’s of America’s national conference in Anaheim, California. Being an introvert, it took me awhile to recover when I returned home, hence the lateness of this post. Plus, I’ve also been busy polishing MUST LOVE BREECHES to send out and also subject […]

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Song playing right now on my playlist: “Let’s Dance,” by David Bowie NEWS: I signed my first contract! BEER AND GROPING IN LAS VEGAS, coming January 2013 from Secret Cravings Publishing! Writing and the Writing Life: Janice Hardy and Deep POV: You’ll Have to Go Through Me: Eliminating Filter Words Querying? Wise words from Query […]

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Song playing right now on my playlist: “On the Radio,” by Regina Spektor NEWS: MUST LOVE BREECHES finaled in the Celtic Hearts RWA chapter contest, the Golden Claddagh, in the paranormal category! Writing and the Writing Life: Those writing historical fiction, great post by Merry Farmer on marriage customs in the Middle Ages, and it’s probably […]

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Song playing right now on my playlist: “Me and Bobby McGee,” Janice Joplin Writing and the Writing Life: What could be Worse Than a Cliché? Tiffany Lawson Inman has a quick search you can do on your manuscript that could help you punch up your prose. Dear Author reports on a disturbing practice by some self-pubbed authors: When […]

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Song playing right now on my playlist: “Anywhere Out of the World” by Dead Can Dance Writing and the Writing Life: Margie Lawson has a guest post on Fresh, Fresh, Fresh Character Descriptions! Just discovered this yesterday and have already put it to good use. Scan Your Work For Overused Phrases, Words, and Clichés, and Monitor Words […]

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Song playing right now on my playlist: “Xavier” by Dead Can Dance Writing and the Writing Life: Janice Hardy Guest Author Heather Webb: Choosing a Historical Fiction Topic, or Any Other Topic for That Matter Facing rejections or conflicting CP feedback? See Jami Gold’s post: What Does “Writing Is Subjective” Mean? For Historical writers: The Historical History […]

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Song playing right now on my playlist: “I Shall Believe,” by Sheryl Crowe Writing and the Writing Life: Janice Hardy write a great post on verbs you use that imply assumption, but you might not have intended it that way. Seems So: Are Your Characters Making Misleading Assumptions? This post explores the challenges of word choices […]

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