Self Challenge

Still January. Still snowing. Still in the doldrums creatively-wise. My usual kickstarters: reading a ton, taking a craft class (right now it’s CTRWA Critical Lens Content -taught by LaQuette) re-watching Captain America: the Winter Soldier (Cap and Sam have the sweetest meet-cute in cinematic history), aren’t buoying me through.   My first impulse is to…

Writing Romance While the World Burns

  Damn, 2020 is bringing serious hellscape energy. Barely a week in, and my social media feeds are full of koala bears with 3rd degree burns, drone strikes, missile strikes, racists, the collapse of RWA and the demasking of a lot authors.   It’s 4:30 pm here, and dark. Because winter. My writing production is…

I Stand With Courtney Milan

Boy oh boy, the romance industry is showing its messy ass again. 2019 just can’t leave anything alone. I’m not going to recap RWA’s shady committee re-orgs and capitulation to white supremacy and silencing of other voices. Others, with far more pain and investment have told the story better and more meaningfully than I can….

The Chin and the Crown Are Slipping

  Years ago, I spied the to-do list of a nemesis. Among their numerous tasks were “brush teeth a.m.” and “brush teeth p.m.” Reader, I snatched that idea.   And during weeks like this one– it’s neg 10F, it gets dark at 4:30, 2016’s dumpster fire burns as rancid as ever. A bunch of creative…

10 Terrible Titles

The best part of NaNoWriMo!   How to Play: Randomly pull 10 phrases from your #NaNo draft. List your terrible, out of context titles.   1. Sticks of Jewels Served Like Kabobs 2. Kicked by a Thousand Donkeys 3. The Clarity You Need 4. Against Trembling Skin 5. Father Adores Him Too Much 6. A…

Things I Should Be Doing and What I’m Doing Instead

I’m a social media failboat. The only one I’m any good at is Facebook. Which is the least cool, least trend-riding site, baring MySpace. Facebook works for me, the format and the ease. It’s just too bad Facebook doesn’t do it for most other people.   Twitter, I can’t get right. Frustrating because I like…

The Trouble with NaNo

Nope, not bashing NaNo. Just talking writing process, and how mine doesn’t align well with NaNo. Your mileage is welcome to vary. Each year I participate in NaNo mainly for the comradery. With a secondary of amassing a big old pile of words. Notice I said big old pile, and not exquisite or swoon-worthy or…

NaNo Approaches

And so I prepare. Mostly by shoveling down books and binging Netflix. Last chance to experience stories other than mine until December. I read some in November, but the lesser amount combined with the word dump of doing a first draft in a month, makes for a blank brain.   In October, I make a…

Bummed Out

This fall has brought me a bountiful harvest of rejections. Creative works, day job hunting, even my Ebay sales took a header. No one wants what I got to offer.   It happens. I’ve learned to try try-again. Send the story to the next market, send my resume to the next the non-profit, and snap…

Refilling the Creative Well

Last post, I raved about reading outside of preferred genres boosts creativity. Today, I’m going talk beloved medias. These are the stories, songs, movies, pieces of artwork that are 100% you. Like, the creator decided to tailor everything exactly to you, exclude stuff you don’t and managed to tell the work in a way that…