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Elisa's Fun Facts

Ruby Nickname:
Ruby Duchess

Hometown:
Bay Area, CA

Age:
old enough

GH Year(s)
2009

Completed Manuscript(s)
1

Genre(s):
everything

Started Writing:
as a babe

Day Job:
teacher

For Fun:
write, of course!

Blog Posts from Elisa

Last Minute Tips for Finishing NaNo, a.k.a., YOU CAN STILL DO IT!!

If you hit a few speed bumps on your NaNo road this year, and you’re down more words than you reasonably think you can make up before Wednesday at midnight, I’m here to tell you: YES YOU CAN write 10,000 or 12,000 or 15,000 words or maybe even 20,000 words over the course of the […]

NaNoWriMo 2016 Has Begun!!!

WOOOT!!!! It’s that wonderful time of year again, when over 300,000 writers around the world make a crazy pledge to each write 50,000 words of a novel during the 30 days of November! “Winning” NaNo (nanowrimo.org) means averaging 1667 new words every day, which isn’t easy if you have pesky things like a day job […]

Planning to NaNo? Get Ready NOW!!!

It’s October, and that means it’s time for NaNoWriMo!!! Silly Elisa, some of you may be saying right now. National Novel Writing Month is in NOVEMBER, honey. You’re jumping the gun. But nooooooo, my friends. I’ve learned through trial and error (lots and lots of error) that waiting until November 1 to get started is […]

Announcing the 2016 MAKE IT GOLDEN CONTEST!!!

The Ruby Slippered Sisterhood will celebrate our SEVENTH blog birthday tomorrow!! On Thursday, we’ll be opening our seventh annual MAKE IT GOLDEN CONTEST, and giving our Golden-Heart-eligible readers a terrific chance to shine (plus have a chance to earn more great prizes!!) The MAKE IT GOLDEN contest is designed for unpublished authors who are polishing […]

Filling in the Paragraphs

One day while I was wandering lost in some byzantine sub-sub-basement of the internet (okay, when I was on Tumblr), I stumbled across this hilarious bit from Steve Hely’s How I Became a Famous Novelist. In case the image is frustratingly small on your phone, here’s what it says: “Writing a novel–actually picking the words […]

The September Hour-a-Day Challenge starts TODAY!!!!

AND WE ARE SOOOOOO READY!!!!! As predicted, the first three teaching weeks of the new school year have knocked me back onto my sizeable patootie, and it would be all too easy to let my writing stay down for the count until school’s out in June again. But I know from experience that carving out […]

Announcing the 2016 September Hour-a-Day Challenge!!!

Happy End of Summer!!! Oh, ugh. I can’t even say that with a straight face. I love summer–I’m a sunshine and beach girl. And for my writing, summer’s also the best time of year because I’m a teacher, and the start of school means long, intense days in the classroom, plus nights and weekends full […]

Wise Words from Beverly Jenkins at RWA

At RWA Nationals, I had the great pleasure of meeting the amazing Beverly Jenkins. I got to sit at her table at the Golden Network retreat (where she gave an awesome talk about developing well-rounded and surprising characters), and saw her in the Love Between the Covers documentary and the post-screening discussion. (Bonus: the cover […]

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