The Mess In Progress

What’s in a Name?

What's in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet; So Romeo would, were he not Romeo call'd, Retain that dear perfection which he owes Without that title. With all due respect to the Bard, I somehow don't think my readers would feel...

Gimme

This week's theme is Tropes. Specifically, what’s your favourite romance trope to read and/or write? Friends to Lovers? Marriage of convenience? Second chances? Tropes so often get a bad rap, dismissed by some as "formulaic" or a thing writers should avoid. And if you...

When You’re Weary…

The question for this week's Romance Writers Weekly is "When you’re feeling down, what do you do to feel better?" Those of you who've been around a while will recognize the source of this week's title. No, I don't want to think about how young I was when it first hit...
Five Fun Things to Do While Socially Isolating

Five Fun Things to Do While Socially Isolating

Did you know there are 548 episodes in the CW’s Arrowverse series? I didn’t — until my husband and I decided we’d watch everything in order while we’re under shelter in place orders. With five different series and multiple crossovers between them, I created a...

Books, Book, Books

Books, Book, Books

The question being asked this week is “Other than the genre you write, what books do you love to read and why?” My reaction is just about everything. Okay, there are a few genres I don’t favor, but from the first moment I could recognize words on the page, I reached...

Monday Mood

Monday Mood

  Some weeks, that pretty much describes it all. What are you going to get done this week?Now Available Spinster and poor relation Dorothea Hindley is in London for one reason: to help launch her cousin into society, something that would be a great deal easier if...

Facing February

Facing February

New month, new word. January was about beginnings. For February, I'm determined to capitalize on the momentum I have. This month can be hard; you’re not far enough along to see huge strides forward. You’re also far enough away from the start of the year that the...

Forward and Beginnings

Forward and Beginnings

Late in 2019, I chose a word for 2020, something to use as a focus. The word was “Forward.” But I also plan to choose a word for each month to refine the focus, because things can and will change. The word for January was “Beginnings” and it proved apt. I released my...

New Year, New Start

New Year, New Start

Every year, like many folk, I set goals for the coming twelve months. I make resolutions. I draw up lists and plans. I'm going to write all the books! I'm going to lose all the weight! I'm not going to strangle the annoying people in my life as they so richly deserve....

A New Dawn

A New Dawn

I’m up early, trying to follow one of my New Year’s traditions: putting in some work on my next book. It’s a chance to start as I mean to go on. The only light on is my desk lamp and the monitor screen. The sun is coming up, but there will be peace for a while longer. Even the cats haven’t started to demand food. Yet. That will probably come soon. In the quiet, there is an air of expectation, of something waiting to start with the promise of a new day.

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

“Who does not thank for little will not thank for much.”  — Author Unknown In the United States, we celebrate Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of November, a day to overeat, watch too much football, make bets on what family grievances will be aired, and try not to...

NaNoWriMo 2019 Day 9: You Are Not Failing

NaNoWriMo 2019 Day 9: You Are Not Failing

I received an email yesterday asking "Are you Failing NaNoWriMo?" I was...annoyed. We're just past the first week, and, yes, some of us may be lagging behind, but even if you are, YOU ARE NOT FAILING. We may "lose" NaNo, but if you end November with more words than...

Conference’s Edge

Conference’s Edge

The Romance Writers of America held their National Conference this week in New York, and for four days, I've hung on the #RWA19 and #RWA2019 tags on Twitter, gleaning what information I could. It's not the same as being there, and I'm hoping I'll be able to make it...

Early Morning Sights

Early Morning Sights

One of the joys of not having to go into the office is I can linger on my walk and enjoy the sights of a world that’s not quite awake. As we approach summer, the days are getting longer, though, so I’m seeing less of that lovely golden early morning light. I figure...