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…

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…

Almagest

One of my beach reads this vacation is The House of Wisdom—How Arabic Science Saved Ancient Knowledge and Gave Us the Renaissance. Its discussions on trigonometry and the mathematics involved in astronomy require several re-reads before I totally understand. Very much a case of operator error (me!) and not a failure of clarity by the…

The Summer of Rejection Slips

It’s been the summer of rejection slips. Yesterday’s got me good. Normally, I’m like Onward! over rejection—not everyone gets me, I don’t fit into some publishers’ plans. It’s cool. But yesterday’s was one I really wanted. And it was not to be. Shrug. But also pout and eat ice cream. Then sit on porch and…

Trash Day

Yesterday , I deleted over 500 beloved words. Not fun. I didn’t grow as a writer. It didn’t correct a story flaw or lower the word count to fall in line with a market’s specification. They just didn’t belong. Simple as that. Simple, but not easy. I don’t know why deleting my work is such…