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 […]

The Ease of Brainwashing

It is pretty easy to brainwash someone. Especially without them knowing. (I just re-typed several keywords from my title in the body of my work). I know this because of the way I write my blog post each month. I do it for Google. Google has slowly shaped my behavior. Even more than Facebook, which […]

Keeping Busy with Chapter One

I have projects, lots of projects. Over the years I have set up space (taken all the space, really) all around our vast house to work on my projects. Even though I allow my husband the dining room table as his office, there have been times I ask him to move his paperwork so that […]

“How Writers Write Fiction 2015”: The MOOC

Through a friend of a friend I was directed to a FREE on-line writing class. This one is through the University of Iowa, titled “How Writers Write Fiction 2015“. I signed up and in my introduction kept seeing reference to “MOOC” and had no idea what they were talking about. I googled it. Massive Online […]