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Wow. The Apocalypse comes at ya fast. And the advice for how maintain creative productivity in troubled times comes at ya ever faster. For me, that’s a good thing. In its strange way, it’s comfort reading. Other creatives are still taking craft and productivity. It’s community. It’s shop talk. It’s words. Vital connection in a…

Jupiter Looks A Lot Like Utah

Last week, as I was riding home from my Wednesday night writers’ group, I had the next sentence of the story I’d been working on pop into my head, fully formed. It’s been a long, long time since that’s happened. I thought the combo of aging, mental health issues and training my brain to be…

#Rewriting

Guys, I’m rewriting Shenanigans again. Again again. Like, this is probably the fifteenth draft, and at least the third rewrite where I tear it down to bare bones and make story altering changes. Please God, let it be the last. I can’t tell at this point, if I’m procrastinating I’m definitely procrastinating, but it’s also…

Art Harder, Mother Fucker

One of my favorite things that I’ve learned since I started writing is this: ‘Art Harder, Mother Fucker’. In which I am the mother fucker, and I need to art harder. It’s been so long since we adopted it that I only partially know where the advice came from – Chuck Wendig’s Terrbile Minds blog….

Accountability

  My creative blitz continues! In my last blog, I laid out plans for media binging in a bid to jump start my creativity. Results so far:   Two new to me movies: 1. Watched the Aaron Hernandez documentary; grueling and sad. 2. Have a date with the hubs to see Birds of Prey this…

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….