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Ruby Nickname:
Ruby Duchess

Bay Area, CA

old enough

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Started Writing:
as a babe

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For Fun:
write, of course!

Blog Posts from Elisa

Welcome New Golden Heart Finalists, Class of 2016!!!

CONGRATULATIONS, FINALISTS!!! Finalist call day has so much wild, crackling energy, you’re probably still levitating three or four feet above the ground (possibly with a glass of bubbly in your hand). Making that list, for either Golden Heart or RITA, is a huge accomplishment—with so many excellent writers out there, you truly have to pass […]

Lessons From This Year’s Contest Judging: What Stood Out for You?

**A big caveat here before I start: PLEASE PLEASE remember that all judging for the RITAs and Golden Heart Contest is confidential, so absolutely DO NOT mention anything specific in your comments that could be tied to any actual, individual entries.** *************** That said, here goes: RITA scores were due this past Monday–so I hope […]

Closing Ceremonies, 2016 Ruby Slippered Sisterhood Winter Writing Festival

I never know whether to cheer or heave a melancholy sigh…but once again, we’ve reached the end: DAY FIFTY of the Winter Writing Festival has arrived! This is our Final Check-In Monday and Closing Ceremonies for this year rolled into one. You still have ALL DAY today to work towards your goals–nothing ends until midnight your […]

Share a Snippet Day, Round Two!!!

We’re a bit past the halfway point of the 2016 Winter Writing Festival, and I’m eager to see a little more of the WORDS everybody’s been writing since we started. Our first round of Sharing Snippets was really fun….so let’s all be brave again today and SHARE SHARE SHARE. In one of the comment boxes […]

WWF Share a Snippet Day

We’re 10 days into the 2016 Winter Writing Festival, and participants have spun out  hundreds of thousands of new words, whether in the writing sprints or working on their own.  I love hearing folks in the Chat Room come back after  20 or 30 minutes of sprinting and say, “I wrote 673 new words!” […]

It’s Check-In Monday #1 for the Winter Writing Festival!!

The Sixth Annual Ruby Slippered Sisterhood Winter Writing Festival is really rocking, with the Ruby Sisters and dozens of their always-talented friends writing their hearts out! Today we complete our FIRST FULL WEEK, and it’s time to officially check in! If you’re reading this on the Festival website (the blue site), jump on over to […]

Goal-Setting Advice for the 2016 Winter Writing Festival

The Festival starts next Monday! The Festival starts next Monday!! (Monday, January 11, to be exact.) I’m so darned excited, I could spit. Not very ladylike, but true. To help you get ready, I’m re-posting a blog from previous years about how to get ready and set workable goals: One of my favorite parts of […]

Announcing the Sixth Annual Ruby Slippered Sisterhood Winter Writing Festival!!

Needing a special gift for your writer self? Well, the Rubies have one for you: THE SIXTH ANNUAL RUBY SLIPPERED SISTERHOOD WINTER WRITING FESTIVAL STARTS JANUARY 11, 2016!!! If you’ve joined us for the Winter Writing Festival any time during the past five years, you know it can be a tremendously productive time, with lots […]

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