Swag

I had to look up why free giveaways are called swag, only to realize that I had been calling them slag for some time. The two definitions….well maybe I have been giving away slag. SWAG: Three meanings. Only one means the bookmarks and pens given away as promotional materials. The other means the loot a […]

Story Ideas

I had a fun question during a presentation the other day. “Where do you get your story ideas?” My spontaneous answer–that my mind was so filled it never rested and ideas were raging all the time, except when I was asleep– didn’t begin to cover it. My daughter pointed out after the event that I […]

Mantra

We are on week four of “The Artist’s Way.” One task is to write morning notes…free form, unedited, unreviewed thoughts every morning. The book suggests positive affirmations each day as well….I am a great artist…yada yada. The affirmations in the book don’t strike home with me, so I have come up with my own. Somehow […]

Seeking Support

I have had an upswing lately, but this followed a dip. Feeling like myself again, I started signing up for classes. I am a perpetual student….I LOVE taking classes of all types. So far–this week only–I have registered for the Sierra Writer’s Conference, two classes at Wellness Within (dance and art) and an ongoing workshop […]

Where did I put that comma?

I finally finished my fifth book. And then there was the editing. I have used a few different editors and they all have different strengths. One is best at grammar, another at getting into my head and figuring out where I’m going with a sentence. Another is fast. I won’t mention the one that was […]

Fighting Change (or is it really progress?)

In my mad dash to publish Day-of-the-Not-So-Dead on the actual Day-of-the-Dead I am simultaneously making the changes the editor sends, making a custom cover actually fit the book (not so easy as when I edit it changes the number of pages in the manuscript, which in turn changes the size of the cover needed) AND […]

To Write or Not to Write

As I previously mentioned I had decided to take on the new task of writing a non-fiction book. This can be very different from fiction, most important to me being that you can write a book proposal prior to tackling the whole manuscript. Book proposals are not easy critters either, but I wanted to try […]

If only Writers could skip the rest of the process

Four years ago I decided I wanted to write a book. I picked up my laptop and went on a road trip. I wrote the first drafts of TWO novels. I was well on my way. Not. After my initial burst of creative energy I did my homework. I looked into the actual publishing of […]

Blogless

Yep, it is Friday afternoon. I swam my laps, went to the post office, the gas station, the fruit stand (great cherry pie season), the bank, the grocery store. I got the house ready for a cousin who is coming to visit. Ate lunch, watched an episode of Endeavor on Masterpiece Mystery and made plum […]

The Boulder on my Shoulder

My husband doesn’t understand why I want to do things immediately. Like pay our taxes or our insurance. Yes, admittedly I am over the top, even pre-paying our quarterly taxes ahead of time. He likes the “wait until the last minute” method. The funny thing is I think we were exact opposites of what we […]