Last weekend at the lunch after my Essence of the Essay class, one of the students asked me if I wrote mostly on the computer, or by hand. I answered (a bit unpleasantly smugly, I realized later) that I wrote so much content that needed to be on the computer (blog, newsletter, classes, novel) that […]
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I’m going back through the second draft of my WIP novel, checking for places where I have to drop things in. Most of these are little things, like another mention of a physical object that figures in the plot (in this case, a necklace), or pumping up a description that didn’t get fully mounted on […]
The best way I can answer the question of the title is to tell you two stories, the stories of my two attempts to get a literary agent. Attempt to get an agent #1 The first story happened back around 2011-2012. I was seeking representation for my novel, Emma Jean’s Bad Behavior. Over the course […]
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Happy Monday! And dig that cool little graphic I just made. That’s because I am hoping determined that this will be a regular feature in the coming weeks. I won’t go so far as to say every week because then I’ll just rebel against myself. But it will be regular in some form or other, […]
I finished draft two of my romance novel this past weekend. Woot woot! It still needs work so there was no dancing in the streets or swinging from chandeliers. Just a quiet sigh of pleasure. And there’s always a bit of confusion as I ponder, what do I do next? So I figured a blog post […]
So, I didn’t blog last week. It was, um, because of the malware attack. No, wait, I meant the constant stream of news out of Washington. No, here’s the truth: It was the one-armed man. Heavy sigh. Okay, it was none of those. I just got overwhelmed. I’m in Week Two of my Do That […]
My life has been wonderfully routine (which is a good thing–no drama, except on the page) lately, and so in lieu of a Five on Friday, I’m giving you a longer post about an aspect of novel writing. Today, I’m talking about throughlines. Google the word and your head might explode. Throughline is a word much […]
We had two days of hot weather here this week and it reminded me of how much I love this month. May! Sunshine and soft air on my skin. Never mind that it is now raining again… What I’m reading: Last weekend, I dropped my husband off at the barber and headed to the library, […]