• Serendipity of Fate,  writing

    Update on Serendipity of Fate!

    In just a few short days this bad boy gets shipped off to the editor’s for round two of its three rounds of editing. This means that a production schedule is in full swing and on that schedule we have now a hard launch date. Yup, launch date. I’m going to squeak it out here since normally we keep that date hush hush and just speak in sweeping hand flapping generalities, buuuuuut. This November, the eleventh, Veteran’s Day, this luscious heart pounding, patriot inspiring novel will blast out of its starting gate. Ye-haw! Of course as one of my beta readers said, “Awe! Why do we have to wait so…

  • The Legend of Lady MacLaoch sequel,  updates,  writing

    Snow Day!

    Highland snow [image via] While the snow pours down outside and my husband has absconded with my computer to deliver an online technology workshop (don’t ask why it had to be my computer, something about compatible OS’s…) I’ve got sometime to bring y’all up to speed on books n’ things. The sequel to The Legend of Lady MacLaoch was speeding along merrily then somewhere near the start of my third trimester the line went dead. I’m not sure why, though I keep hearing things about “pregnancy brain”. I assumed it pertained to memory function but now I know that Pregnancy Brain affects creativity too. It’s sort of like slipping yourself…

  • NaNoWriMo,  writers life,  writing

    New Year – Back to Work Ye Scurvy Dogs!

    It’s January and as every new year arrives it seems that we spend the majority of the new year cleaning up after the chaos of the holidays. For me this is seeming to last mid-month… Yes, my Christmas tree is still up. Yes, my holiday Santa flag is still waving happily from the front porch and nary a Christmas decoration has been put away. But now that the calendar says 13th of January, I’m scared into action (lest I find myself at Easter putting Santa back in the box) and including tackling the holiday decorations I’ve also unburied my desk. Picture is of me (six months pregnant, not large with…

  • NaNoWriMo,  writing

    NaNo-WHAT??

    So there’s this contest, it’s called NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month – and I’m pretty sure ding-dongs like me (professional novelists who are writing novels constantly), aren’t supposed to enter. Its geared toward new writers, ones that are in need of some group cheering to finish that novel they’ve been tinkering with. But, as I prep for a blog post (for another blog) I thought I’d sign up to see what the hoopla is really all about. Holy cow! This is fun! It’s like running a 5K where people shout your name and cheer you on… constantly. Brilliant!!! Emails have been rolling in, offering encouragement and suggesting meet-ups where…

  • The Legend of Lady MacLaoch sequel,  writing

    Legend II – Writing Interuptus

    The sequel focuses on Lady MacLaoch’s love, the Minory swordsman. [image via]  I’ve been a major proponent for finishing a book even if you’re not sure what in the hell you’re writing about half the time. And for the most part I still believe in this philosophy, especially for new writers who have yet to finish a manuscript. It’s the thrill of finishing (even a shitty first draft – as Anne Lamott would say) that propels new writers to have it reviewed then actually pursue editing it. At least that’s what did it for me. But not any more. The sequel to Legend stalled, mostly because I had morning sickness…

  • contest,  Indigo Editing and Publication,  writing

    Calling All Stuck-in-a-Rut Writers!

    Once a year Chelsea Cain and I get together and help sponsor our favorite editing firm’s (Indigo Editing and Publication) annual Sledgehammer Writing Contest. This year is no different! (Do you like how I make it sound like Chelsea Cain and I are BFFs?? Really tho, we’ve never met, but I hear she writes real good [as in NYT Bestseller] and showed up at last Sledgehammer with a severed head. No joke on the severed head…) This year Indigo is at it again helping writers all over Portland (and now the WORLD!) break out of their writer’s block. Here’s the 411: 36 Hours6 Prompts1 Short Story$1,000s in Prizes August 17-18,…

  • new work,  writers life,  writing

    Sex Scenes Anal-ized

    Sex is an interesting human past time. It helps make babies, make people smile or start wars. It’s a delicate balance between two people that can either end in an awkward “was that good for you?” or pure nirvana and stained sheets. In the sphere of writing, sex has been used to accomplish all of the above. In my writing I use it as a tool to show the intimate side of my characters. Unlike some books that close the door on the reader before the sexy time happens (or whip out sex scenes that feel rehearsed), I keep the door open, let readers walk inside and live the moment…

  • random,  writing

    NaNoWriMo…what?

    NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is upon us again, bringing with it writers everywhere who pound their keyboards issuing out word, after word, after epic word until a novel is made. There are write-ins, meet-ups and get-togethers. Awards are won. Notoriety is given. People are pumped. Though, I can’t help but think, oh my god is that Thanksgiving next week? And, how the hell did the end of the year get here so fast?? For all you Writing Stars: Are you in NaNoWriMo? How’s it going?Does the additional stress of Thanksgiving’s arrival help or hurt your creative? And how much wine will you consume this month? Just curious. . .

  • Blog Tour,  writing

    The Tour Continues!

    Stop by the Girl Who Reads blog today as she hosts me for her Writer Wednesday post. We dive into the Plotter vs Pantser styles once more and explore whether or not once a Pantser one is always a Pantser? Click here to read post.