H is for Health

H is for Health

H is for health. Writers are prone to a variety of health challenges, both physical and mental. It’s important to develop strategies to combat these problems—ideally, before they reach career-stopping levels. As an initial matter, writers must create a working environment that avoids physical pain. Ergonomics—the study of efficiency in the workplace—addresses many of these issues.  Volumes have been written about specially designed chairs,...

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Returning to my Roots – Fantasy Novel Edition

Returning to my Roots – Fantasy Novel Edition

Way back in the mists of time (okay, about 15.5 years ago), my first novel was published. The Glasswrights’ Apprentice is a traditional fantasy novel written for adults. It tells the story of a thirteen-year-old girl who witnesses an assassination. She’s accused of being the killer, so she has to go undercover in her caste-bound society to discover the identity of the true murderer. When Apprentice first appeared, it had a lovely...

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And Now for Something Completely Different – Ivy League Edition

And Now for Something Completely Different – Ivy League Edition

Way too many years ago, I graduated from Princeton University with a degree in English.  That means I spent a lot of time discussing fine literature, and I wrote a thesis on — I’m not kidding — non-teleological thought in the novels of John Steinbeck. And now, I write romance novels. I don’t expect those worlds to meet up very often. I mean, there’s not a course I took in college that would welcome the Diamond...

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Anatomy of a Theft

Anatomy of a Theft

I don’t spend a lot of time worrying about people pirating my books.  I know there are large communities of people who exchange stolen ebooks without regard for authors’ rights or financial bottom lines. But I truly believe that the majority of pirated books are stolen by people who would never have bought them in the first place. That, combined with karmic hacker’s roulette (download the file and never be sure if this the one...

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The Obligatory New Year Post

The Obligatory New Year Post

Happy New Year! I know 2015 was a tough one for many people. For me, it was a mixed bag — the year started off well enough, then swirled into months (and months and months) of a health scare that turned out to be minimal, but only after a gazillion tests that gnawed away at my peace of mind and my writing time. The end of the year was another whirlwind of house buying and moving and preparing the old house for sale. Along the way, I...

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