Nano’s Coming!

| October 31, 2013

I’m doing Nanowrimo again this year. I’ve only made a good attempt at it once, and then I wrote 30 k words that were clearly not the words I needed, but I love the story that resulted from that false start. This year, I’m finishing my cozy. Or I’ll be close to finishing it if […]

Wednesday, Already?

| October 30, 2013

George, the fetch-playing kitty is seeking his toy right now. I’ve thrown it a mere three feet away, but he’s determined I still have it in my hands, so he keeps pushing them off the keyboard. This could post at any moment. Oh, thank goodness. George is now kneading my fleece throw–which is also a […]

Friday To-Do List

| October 25, 2013

Yesterday, the heroine of my book made a to-do list. I thought I should do that more often, myself. I like the sense of accomplishment when I check stuff off. And I’m so buried in this story–as in consumed with what comes next–that I forget what I need to do in my real life. So… […]

Random Thursday

| October 24, 2013

Time for a random post. I’ve stared at the screen, which is as empty as my head for too long already. What I’m reading: ┬áSeveral things–Write Away, by Elizabeth George, Raven Black, by Ann Cleeves, and last, but so not least, Heirs and Graces, by Rhys Bowen. Loving them all, for different reasons. I’m curious […]

A Couple of Heads Met for a Chat

| October 22, 2013

I panicked and wrote several pages just because I didn’t want to stop writing. I need to show up at the page whether I want to be there or not. And for some reason, while I love writing–love it–sometimes, I dread it, too. I guess many writers do. It’s a strange, strange relationship with work. […]

Introverts with Arrogance

| October 18, 2013

Writers are a funny mix of introvert and arrogance. Maybe I should say writing requires a funny mix of both traits. We work alone. I have to remind myself to go out in the world and be around real people instead of spending all my time with folks made out of fiction. I once heard […]

Ooops. It’s Thursday!

| October 17, 2013

Not doing so well with my attempt to be a more constant blogger. A busy week around here with a birthday in the house, a new kitten who takes up all our time, demanding he be properly adored, and birthday cupcakes to buy. But yesterday I opened the file and started writing again. Today, I […]

I’m Writing

| October 11, 2013

A cozy mystery. In this mini-excerpt, my heroine’s cat has given in to hunger and returned home after bolting during a robbery in their abode. Heroine is trying to act calmer than she feels, to protect her college-aged daughter, who’s also home for a birthday weekend. I thought I’d leave some words here, rather than […]

Random Thursday

| October 10, 2013

A second before I took this pic, I was working away, typing despite the cut on my index finger where George decided he needed to hang from my hand. He’d fallen asleep just beside my laptop. I don’t know if I smacked the keys extra hard and woke him, or if he’d been brewing a […]

Starting a Story

| October 9, 2013

I remember when I loved new beginnings. Story beginnings, that is. I still love change in real life. Story beginnings are now a thorn in my side. I’m not sure why I get them so wrong, or how to change a process that has gone so awry. The newest new beginning I’m working on is […]