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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Where Did I Put Those Brain Cells?

Posted Dec 14 2011 in , , , ,

In recent years, I’ve learned that I actually do have limitations. For a multi-tasker/control freak, this was NOT an easy lesson to learn. I don’t believe this has always been the case since I had no problem keeping a multitude of balls, knives, and flaming batons in the air back in my younger days. In my […]

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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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Need To Pick Up The Pace

Posted Sep 9 2011 in , ,

I’ve been on this writing journey for just over four years. It took me two years to realize the first attempted WIP was never going to work, but I learned something from those pages and went into a new WIP with much enthusiasm. After five months of plodding along, I gave myself a deadline, dug […]

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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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I’m Dyin’ Ova Here!

Posted Jun 28 2011 in , , , , ,

For three years straight, I have attended the RWA National Conference, and for three years straight, I’ve loved it. San Fran gave me horrible jet lag, DC was spread out so far I think I walked a couple hundred miles in less than a week, and in Orlando I nearly melted. But I still loved every minute. […]

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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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