A Writer of Independent Means

So, we celebrated Independence Day.  Which doesn’t mean much — we didn’t head out for fireworks (too crowded on the Mall, and I didn’t even realize we *had* a closer-to-us local display until I heard the pounding in the distance…) But we enjoyed the long weekend nevertheless, folding in: Fourth of July dinner of hamburgers, Tater Tots (what?!?  Our forefathers would have fought a revolution for them!), watermelon,...

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On the Right Track

I spent this past Saturday at a writing seminar taught by Candace Havens and Liz Pelletier. Candace presented her Fast Track writing workshop (write a novel in a month), and Liz presented her three-part Edit Like a Professional workshop.  Both women were friendly and engaging, and they handled lots of questions from the very engaged group. Candace’s Fast Track program turns out to be a version of what I’ve been doing to complete the...

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Whoosh! Bang! Wham!

Wow – was that a weekend whizzing by?  I merely got caught in the backdraft! I spent the better part of Friday fussing with FROM LEFT FIELD, putting the so-called finishing touches on the outline.  I say “so-called” because I realized, almost as soon as I’d saved it, that it wasn’t going to work — I was boxing my hero and my heroine into too small a space.  They’ve known each other since elementary...

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Thank Heaven for Cat Traps

On my last escape down to Duck, on the Outer Banks in North Carolina, I stopped by my the best beach attraction, the yarn store Knitting Addiction.  I have a deal with myself — I’ll only buy yarn for the current project I’m working on. I break that deal with myself on a regular basis.  That day, at Knitting Addiction, I walked out with yarn for three projects — a felted purse, a Wingspan shawl, and a cat-trap blanket....

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Was That a Weekend?

Wow.  Yet another weekend has mugged us — I can’t believe that three days blew by so quickly! Suffice to say, I got some reading done, and some writing-organizing.  I fiddled with print editions of FRIGHT COURT and CAPITOL MAGIC (should be out around Halloween…), and I poked at the Diamond Brides romance series. I finished reading Jessica Scott’s BECAUSE OF YOU (hot military romance, and a recent USA Today Bestseller...

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