A Tale of Two Writing Groups

I belong to two writing groups. An online group that meets on Sundays and a local group that used to meet at Starbucks on Wednesdays, but has switched to Discord due to Covid. The online group has been my steady rock. If anything, more writers are showing up on Sundays, the conversation gets deeper and…

Upheaval

Whelp. Had a handful of ideas for this post percolating—attended my first virtual con, dealt with the bummer of my favorite con making the call to cancel, wanted to talk about artistic resources in the time of pandemic and zoom writing groups and balancing not only your own spoons but the spoons of your support…

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…

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….

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…