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Following the Beacons as I Write

Posted Oct 6 2018

According to the RWA lingo, there are two kinds of writers – plotters, who plan their story out completely ahead of time, and pantsers (as in flying by the seat of your pants), who just jump in and write. The classic description of a pure pantser is Eloisa James’ article in Romance Writers’ Report® “Flying […]

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Putting Writing First

Posted Oct 6 2018

My schedule at work has been changed this year, making it possible for me to write before I go to work without having to get up too early in the morning. So far, the change has been great for my writing. Sitting down at the computer after just a cup of coffee and a quick […]

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A Writer’s Most Important New Year’s Resolution

Posted Oct 6 2018

As I’ve chronicled here, my writing world has changed enormously in the last year. Partly that was because “Games Without Rules” was a finalist in the series contemporary category of the 2010 Golden Heart®. Being a finalist not only brought me new opportunities, but also a whole boatload of new writing friends in the other […]

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Club 100

Posted Oct 6 2018

I don’t know how Club 100 started. I do know you can’t find it on Google (or at least I couldn’t). I also know that it’s changed my writing life, so I thought I’d explain how it works, in hopes that you can either link up with an existing Club 100 loop or start one […]

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Writing “Full Time”

Posted Oct 6 2018

As my bio says, I’m a teacher. That means I have my summers “off” (ignoring how much time I’ve spent since school was out finishing the paperwork from last year, how many meetings I’ve had since the end of the term, the days I’ll spend before school starts getting ready for the new year, the […]

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Another Aha! Moment

Posted Oct 6 2018

It’s been a while since I’ve updated this website, but I have some pretty great excuses: a request from one editor to revise and resubmit the full manuscript of one of my contemporary stories and a request from another publisher for the full manuscript of my fantasy romance, which needed a final edit before I […]

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Writing Through the Holidays

Posted Oct 6 2018

The holidays can be a paradoxical time for writers. Many, perhaps most, of us with day jobs will have time off, which offers the possibility of getting more writing done. Many of us, however, whether we have a day job or not will also have special social and family obligations — guests, travel, etc. Those […]

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Writing S-e-x

Posted Oct 6 2018

One bit of feedback I’ve consistently gotten from contests, critique partners, and beta readers is that I’m pretty good at writing “love” (i.e., sex) scenes. Not exactly what I most want to be known for (since I don’t write erotica), but you go with what you have. And apparently what I have are good, sometimes […]

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Another Turn in the Trail – and How Having an Agent is Different

Posted Oct 6 2018

Found out this week that after a major revise-and-resubmit, my target publisher passed on the story I sent them almost two years ago. Not what I’d hoped to hear (I was expecting another revise-and-resubmit), but still not as painful as it could have been. That might gave been because it had been so long since […]

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The Uses (and Abuses) of RWA® Chapter Contests

Posted Oct 6 2018

For those who don’t know, many RWA® chapters hold annual contests where writers can enter the first few pages or even chapters of their stories (or other specific sections, such as a first kiss, or parts of a query). The entries are judged in the first round by 2-3 members of the chapter, and occasionally […]

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