Rule Breaking

| September 29, 2015

I’d love to break the rules. I’m naturally someone who wants to do the right thing. I come from a long line of rule breakers, and while they terrify me, I secretly wish I could be a little more like them. A friend once told me that behind my back in high school, people called […]

Where’s Your Place?

| September 28, 2015

Mine is the beach–the place where my soul is at peace. There’s an old Little River Band song, “I was born in the sight of water…” Every time I hear those words I think, that’s who I am. I lived on a small island with water as the background to my life. Walking to school, […]

Big Stuff

| January 30, 2014

Lots of doings around here. The beloved and I did not find ourselves stranded on the highways around here in the snowstorm on Tuesday. However, my daughter managed her 20-minute drive in almost 3 hours. She was lucky. Her beloved managed his 25-minute drive in only 17 hours. Oddly, the thing that finally got him […]

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. […]

Back to Work!

| July 29, 2013

Lots of stuff going on! At the last minute, almost, I decided to go to RWA National, where over a thousand romance writers meet to discuss craft and business. I don’t always go, but it was near my home, and I couldn’t pass it up! Highlights! Getting to see friends I don’t often meet: Kimberly […]

Wednesday–Back to Work!

| June 19, 2013

First, Father’s Day. Then, a birthday in the house! Too much eating, shopping, preparing. Oh–and baking a cake! But today, I’m back to work, and I can’t wait! In fact, I thought I’d leave a few words from the current proposal. The following is the hero, discussing the heroine with his mom–who sees things pretty […]

It’s Tuesday…

| April 9, 2013

and I’m writing this in the wee hours of the morning. Instead of sleeping. Two constants on my blog. Sleeplessness and whining about hot weather. They kind of go hand in hand. It’s too hot to sleep. Yesterday, I edited nine pages, but three of them were a rewrite. I had a long-distance phone conversation […]

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 […]


| 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 […]

Monday, Monday!

| December 31, 2012

And also New Year’s Eve. We never plan big doings for New Year’s. We have a meal and watch a movie. Or Two. Or listen to some music. We don’t love the crowds and the crazy drivers, and this year’s holidays have been pretty full. The beloved may feel differently, but I’m ready to welcome […]