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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 2015 Golden Heart and Rita Finalists!!!

CONGRATULATIONS, FINALISTS!!! Finalist call day is always a crazy, wild roller-coaster ride where nothing is certain until 2 p.m. Texas time. If your name made it onto the list of RWA finalists (see the full slate of 2015 nominees here), you accomplished something truly remarkable: you finished a manuscript, sent it out into the hands […]

What Did You Learn from Judging Contests?

It’s contest season, so lots of us have been judging manuscripts, both unpublished and published, for the Golden Heart and the Rita and other awards. I always find that judging clarifies “craft” for me. Reading a stack of contest entries, I see patterns in what works well, and what doesn’t work well, and notice how […]

Reflections on the Fifth Winter Writing Festival

Wow, the Fifth Annual Ruby Slippered Sisterhood Winter Writing Festival went by like a microsecond blip…. or it feels that way. But I know lots of us got huge amounts of writing done, despite a brutal winter that probably had many of us longing to crawl under blankets and hide. YAY to everyone who participated, […]

Guest Annabeth Albert Talks About How the WWF Changed Her Writing Career!

Today the Rubies are welcoming a special guest, Annabeth Albert, a longtime Friend of the Rubies who first found her true writing groove during a Winter Writing Festival a few years ago. She’s here today to share some important writing lessons she’s learned that launched her professional career. Annabeth grew up sneaking romance novels under […]

A Sure-Fire Formula For Falling in Love?

In a recent, much ballyhooed article in the New York Times, writer Mandy Len Catron shared the story of how she fell in love—by following a formula laid out more than 20 years ago by the psychologist Arthur Aron. In the writer’s view, Aron’s method was powerful enough to make two strangers fall in love […]

Share ANOTHER Snippet Day!!

Back on the 17th Day of the 2015 WWF I revived a tradition from previous years of asking Festival participants to share a little snippet of something they’d written during the process. As usual, the results were wonderful, diverse, funny, moving, and inspiring in all sorts of ways. Quite a few others who enjoyed the […]

Winter Writing Festival Check-In #6

Hard to believe, but we’re down to ONE FINAL WEEK in the 2015 Winter Writing Festival!! Just before the Festival started, I offered advice about goal-setting by comparing the Festival to running track and knowing how to pace yourself for a race. Some folks who started out strong in this writing mini-marathon may have come […]

Winter Writing Festival Week #4 Check-In!!!!

Hard to believe, but just a few days ago, we passed the halfway mark of the 2015 Festival. (And, look, I brought cupcakes!!!!) We hope you’ve hung in there with the challenge, and have continued working powerfully despite the worst that snow and ice and hail (and laundry and day jobs) have tried to throw […]

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