The Writer’s High

You know that feeling, when you’re in the zone and the words are flowing and something a little bit magical happens, when it feels like the story takes over and you’re just the vessel it flows through?  Your awareness of your body fades away.  You forget to be hungry.  Or tired.  Or care about the fact that you haven’t showered in three days.  Maybe (like me) you respond to questions without remembering what you said and eat everything that’s open on your desk without any memory of doing it.  Just another side effect of the writer’s high. 

Turns out there’s a scientific explanation for that.

It’s the Week One Check-In for the Winter Writing Festival!!!

The Eighth Annual Ruby Slippered Sisterhood Winter Writing Festival is fabulously under way, with the Ruby Sisters and dozens of their always-talented friends writing their hearts out! Yesterday we completed our FIRST FULL WEEK, so today it’s time to officially check in! If you’re reading this on the Festival website (the blue site), jump on […]


Virtually every day in the WWF chatroom a writer kicks the cyber garbage can as they exit the room.  Why? Because they need to stop working on their WIP and head to the job that pays their bills. I empathize with them, because for more than a decade I felt the same exact way. I […]

Welcome to Week 2!

Welcome to week 2 of the Ruby Slippered Sisterhood Winter Writing Festival! We’re now a full 5 days in to the Winter Writing Festival and the excitement and enthusiasm that pushed us over the starting line has begun to even out a bit. We’ve had a few sprints under our belt and a few days […]

Body language – an author’s occupational hazard

My best friend and I were sitting at lunch the other day, and a hot guy walked by. So I said, “That guy is hot.” (I’m eloquent that way.) “Would you say that in front of your husband?” she asked. “Sure would, and he doesn’t mind.” She expressed some disbelief on his behalf, but it’s […]

Love the One You’re With

The, ahem, older song “Love the One You’re With” was always one I liked, but the message wasn’t one I really cared for. If you can’t be with the one you love, love the one you’re with? Well, that sort of encourages cheating, doesn’t it? And, of course, a man wrote it. I think. But […]

Let the 2018 Ruby Slippered Sisterhood Winter Writing Festival BEGIN!!!

**Finding out about the Festival after January 10? No worries!! Just jump right in and join us. Give yourself however many bonus points you need to catch up, and get writing!!!** And here come some of our favorite words of the year: We now declare the Eighth Annual Ruby Slippered Sisterhood Winter Writing Festival OPEN! […]

How to Write Through Snow Days

We’ve just had weeks of freezing temperatures and now some snow. Kids have been home, and once again, I’m reminded how difficult it is to write with a house of loud chaos around me. I wrote the post below three years ago, when it was even louder (before my eldest left for college). So here […]

Thoughts on Establishing Writing GOALS

It is proven individuals with goals are significantly more successful than those without. Think of your writing career as writing a book. Do your characters wander around a story doing nothing? Nope. Your characters have purpose, a story goal. If a character’s goal is to be the president of the US, she will have to […]

Goal Setting Advice for the 2018 Winter Writing Festival!!

The Festival starts next week! The Festival starts next week!! (Wednesday, January 10, to be exact.) I hope you’re as excited as I am, and ready for some BIG PRODUCTIVITY through what could otherwise be the dreariest part of winter.  To help you get ready, I’m re-posting a blog from previous years about how to […]

When Life gives you Lemons

Throw them back overhand and with force. We all have those lemons in our life that keep us from writing to our maximum potential. Producing to our maximum potential. Having the career we want. Most often, we think the things holding us back are family. Children, parents, spouses, pets. May I say emphatically they are […]

Welcome to 2018!

Happy New Year and welcome to 2018!!!  Eights have always been lucky for me, so I’m hoping this is a sign of an amazing year to come.  I can’t wait for the Olympics, I’m pumped about the Ruby Writing Festival (starting in less than two weeks!!!), and I’m busting with optimism for a GREAT year […]

Holiday Greetings

Holiday Greetings

            Warm holiday wishes to all of our amazing readers. The holidays are such a special time. We hope yours is full of love, laughter and decadent desserts since calories consumed over the holidays don’t count.   Here is a Christmas short story I had oodles of fun writing. Hope you […]

Holiday Greetings

Everyone have a blessed holiday season and happy, healthy, New Year!   Click on the image for a Christmas present from me to you! Laurie   ******************* I’ll be home for Christmas…   My parents have the sweetest love story. They met in England 60 years ago on a Royal Air Force (RAF) base. He was […]


Emma didn’t know what woke her— the excitement of the celebration to come in a few hours or the moonlight streams shimmering through the window, but something had.  Her heart, like an Olympic sprinter’s, drummed against her narrow chest as she brushed her bangs from her eyes.

Holiday Greetings

  My house is beginning to look a lot like a Hallmark Christmas Movie set.      Happy Holidays, Katie Graykowski   Hello and Happy Holidays to all!   When my children were small, Christmas was a very special time of the year with decorating the house, baking, school programs, reading the Christmas story and […]

Holiday Greetings

Holiday Greetings

      Wishing you a magical Christmas surrounded by loving friends and family…and animals too.  Bev Pettersen

Christmas Greetings

Over the next week the Ruby Sisters will be sharing their traditions or sending out holidays wishes. Stop by and tell us how your holidays are going.       Wishing you all the merriest of Christmases.  May Santa bring you happiness, joy, and family.  And as my special gift to the readers of the […]

The Pendulum

I’ve read several articles lately that suggest the pendulum of publishing is swinging once again. The rush of opportunity over the past few years has begun to level out and authors are again recalibrating and reconsidering their careers. In lockstep with this discussion is another one – the subject of speed.

The Illusion of Success

It’s the holiday season, which for many of us means gathering with family and friends… which, for many of us, means hearing that lovely question, “How’s the writing going?”  (Is anyone else out there groaning at the thought?) I’ve been a confessed writer for about a decade now and in all that time, I don’t […]

Announcing the 2018 Winter Writing Festival!!!

Needing a special gift for your writer self? The Rubies have one for you: THE EIGHTH ANNUAL RUBY SLIPPERED SISTERHOOD WINTER WRITING FESTIVAL STARTS WEDNESDAY JANUARY 10, 2018!!! If you’ve joined us for the Winter Writing Festival any time during the past seven years, you know it can be a tremendously productive time, with lots […]

I’m Not Your Prop

  If you don’t think secondary characters are as important as the main characters of any story, you would be completely wrong. They are not simply props. They play many important different roles; The side-kick, The Tempter, The Skeptic, The Driver, The Mentor, and The Mixture to name a few. I’ve listed definitions of these […]

Falling in Love Again…

I mentioned in my last blog post that I was hitting up my keeper shelf in an effort to break out of a writing slump. The writing slump is slowly easing, but reading-wise? I’m IN THE ZONE. I’m re-reading one of my favorite series for the upteenth time, and falling in love again. The objects […]

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