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Preparation

I spent the weekend planning. Most of it was for NaNoWriMo, which is now only 22 days away. I’m still figuring out the plot for “Home and the Heartland”, which is this year’s story, and the third book in the Henry’s Mills series, contemporary romances set in a fictional small town in Connecticut. Yes, I like Gilmore Girls. Except…

Out With the Old, In With the New

For the past year, I’ve been keeping a Bullet Journal. It’s been tremendously helpful in keeping myself on track, especially since 2016 has not been particularly calm. If you’re looking for a journaling system, I highly recommend giving it a try.

And the Circle Comes Round Again

It’s Monday morning and NaNoWriMo 2016 sign-ups begin today. By the time you read this, I’ll have created my novel page, and uploaded the first version of my cover – which will probably need to be re-sized.

Now Available

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Whither Autumn?

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Finished!

I also managed to complete one of my knitting projects. I started myLeaf Press Shawl the day after Christmas, having just bound off my Advent Shawl.

Goal!

Life can surprise us sometimes, often in ways we don’t expect. And, on rare occasions, that surprise is something that says we are heading in the direction we should be going.

Flustered

“In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you.” – Deepak Chopra

Oh, how I wish. The last few days have been a bit crazy here. My father-in-law got a cold. One of my cats got a cold.

Comfort Reads

“I’d like for the young people, and older ones, too, who don’t count themselves as readers, to know the joy of reading and what it does to enrich your life in so many ways.” – Katherine Paterson
I’ve been going through my list of books read this year and noticed and interesting fact: I’ve been doing a lot of comfort reading of late.

Breathe

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From the Archives

What's in a Name?

What’s in a Name?

As you might guess, this week for Romance Writers Weekly, I’m talking about  how I choose my character names. Since I write Regency Historicals, name picking is not quite so easy as dropping by a baby name page or search what were the most common names 20-25 years ago. Add to that the fact the three most common names in England from the Middle Ages up to some point in the 19th Century were Catherine, Anne, Jane, and Mary. This means I have to digging.

A fox Photoshopped into a Snowglobe

Fun With Photoshop

What I’ve been working on is not exactly a new activity for me. I’ve played with Photoshop a fair amount of the years — but the operative word here is “play.” The last few months, I’ve been doing some serious study to learn how to manipulate the program. How does it help my writing? Well, it doesn’t. At least not directly. It does give me a chance to do something creative that isn’t my book, which means it helps me refill the well somewhat.

Welcome 2021

I’ve run the gamut, A to Z
Three cheers and dammit, C’est la vie

Gimme

Tropes so often get a bad rap, dismissed by some as “formulaic” or a thing writers should avoid. And if you write to a trope, it’s very easy to fall into the trap of giving the reader something they’ve read time and again. This can be good, but doesn’t help if that reader is looking for a fresh take.