Filtering Backstory

| January 29, 2013

A needful task in real life and in fiction. In real life, think of the times you give someone a break because you know they’ve been through things that tend to cause certain behaviors. Same in fiction. You want to create characters who provoke empathy from both readers and your other characters. In the story […]

Strange Pangs

| January 25, 2013

I’ve lived in a lot of places in my life. Though the beloved has not been in the military since we’ve been together, his job required that we move from Iceland to Hawaii and points in between. But the first move I ever made happened when I was 10 years old. My parents split up, […]

A Random Start to Wednesday

| January 23, 2013

Haven’t had a random post in some time! I’m reading a few things right now. A Rita book, which I’m not allowed to name here, but which I’m enjoying. Assignment in Brittany, because I’ve wanted to read some Helen MacInnes, and several of her books were released in ebook this summer. (Don’t you love when […]

7 Lines

| January 22, 2013

There’s a meme going around Facebook, where authors tag each other to enter 7 lines from their current works. A favorite author and friend, Samantha Hunter, tagged me. Since I posted this on FB, I thought I’d post it here as well. This is a teeny excerpt from the billionaire and unexpected baby book I’m […]

Monday Morning

| January 21, 2013

After a busy weekend. Last week, I submitted a ms., and I began editing another ms. for submission. They’re two totally different types of books, but these days, with all different kinds of publishing available, a writer can exercise all her ideas. So–this weekend, I edited and rewrote and wrestled with words, and it was […]


| January 17, 2013

I doubt it. But it’s in the forecast! Yay! We’ve actually been caught in our second year of endless-summer winter. It’s mid-January, and the green grass is creeping up to overtake the brown. Two red birds have been singing and nesting beside my bedroom window. (I’m not good with actual bird types. They might be […]


| January 3, 2013

I took two days off. (Well, minimal progress.) Taking any day off is always a mistake for me. I have to motivate and motivate again to restart. Even though I love what I’m working on. I will never understand the mind of a writer. (My own mind.) I love writing. Free time and no distraction […]