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…

Reevaluating

For many, starting a new year means reevaluating goals. I’ve talked over and over again about why I don’t like resolutions, and why I do like goals, so I’m not going to go into all that now. A lot of my goals carry over from year to year, or I expand on them the following…

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….

Do good. Recklessly.

I think most of us have seen the ‘Do good recklessly’ meme by now. I Googled, to find out where it started, you know, give credit and all that. Do good recklessly memes and posts and towels and shirts and stickers abound. I had no idea. Before I knew it was a thing, this was…

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…

Post NaNo

Every year, I seem to fall into a post-nano stupor. I used up all my ‘braining’ in November. I have no good words, or pithy comments. No epics turns of phrase. Here’s the thing though. The pace of NaNo is such that the good words are far and few between, the pithy comments are things…

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…

NaNo. Still.

Okay, readers. Remember when I talked about my plan to stay on par for word count? How I try to write a little extra every day? This has not been my month. I’ve hit par on fewer days than I’ve missed it, and I haven’t had many where I went much over par. I wasn’t…

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…