Going Zen or Fighting the Freak Out

Posted Jan 13 2012 in , , , , , ,

Seven weeks ago I submitted a short story to a publisher. I checked and double checked (and triple checked) to make sure I followed their submission guidelines exactly. According to those guidelines, their response time is six weeks. See the math there? So it’s a week past and three things are running through my brain. […]

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Letter To Me

Posted Jan 8 2012 in , ,

Dear Me, So the brain went on sabbatical back around Thanksgiving. Party planning, holiday shopping, cleaning in preparation for a family visit. All of it sucked the cells right out of our head. But this isn’t the first time distractions have won a battle or two. The goal is to make sure they don’t win […]

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Exploring Self-Pub Options

Posted Nov 16 2011 in , , , , , ,

I like writing shorts. I’ve submitted several 800 word stories to Woman’s World magazine and been fortunate enough to have one printed. (September 2010 – find the unedited version on the Short Stories page.) I’ve oft lamented that I’m not one of those mesmerizing writers with the gift for fluid, beautiful prose. My prose is […]

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Now I KNOW I Can Do It

Posted Nov 1 2011 in , , , , , ,

Not long ago I figured out my average monthly word count is 15K words. At that rate, a rough draft would take five to six months to write, which isn’t good when you think of the months of revision to follow. I lamented on an earlier blog I would have to pick up the pace […]

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The Ever Evolving Writer

Posted Oct 28 2011 in , , , ,

In 2006, I fell into this little group of Eloisa James fans via her bulletin board. They were called the Bon Bons and it was like an instant family. In the fall of that year, many of us Bon Bons partook in a little writing contest called Avon FanLit. At the time, though I’d toyed […]

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I Got This

Posted Sep 17 2011 in , , ,

I live with a pre-teen. Though I’m beginning to think there is no such thing as a PRE-teen. You just wake up one day with this pimply person in your house who is taller than you are and she’s stomping around ranting that she has nothing to wear or whining because she can’t find the […]

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On The Road To A Smaller Me (and a Mea Culpa)

Posted Jul 5 2011 in , , , , ,

I’ll get the mea culpa out of the way first. Last year when I attended RWA Nationals in Orlando, Twitter was all the rave. I had an account but wasn’t a fan. However, everyone around me was tweeting non-stop, which I found incredibly annoying. Why couldn’t they just enjoy themselves and take a moment to […]

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Using My Powers For Good

Posted Jun 24 2011 in , , , ,

I have countless habits. Some bad, some good. I don’t bite my nails, but I bite my lip. I vacuum regularly, but I never make my bed. The list goes on and on. However, there’s one habit I have that could go either way.   I rationalize.   This habit has been with me since […]

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Romance Biggest Winner – Via Losing

Posted Jun 21 2011 in , , ,

I am about to embark on a new endeavor that could drastically change my life. Yes, I know I said this summer there would be no new projects to derail the writing goals. But this is an exception I believe will help me reach those goals. I’m going to be a Loser. Or, with the […]

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My Solo Summer Begins

Posted Jun 9 2011 in , , , ,

I am a single mother and have been for nearly ten years. An unfortunate aspect of this reality is the dreaded summer separation. This will be my sixth year of sending my daughter more than 2000 miles away for two and a half months. Other than the major savings in childcare, this situation comes with […]

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