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That…Was…Jeopardy!

First off, I want to thank everyone so much for the enthusiasm and support.  Honestly, I was a little freaked out by the whole national television thing, but everyone getting so excited to watch made the experience even more amazing.  I wasn’t sure I was going to watch it live last night (nerves!), but I did and it was SO FUN!  I kept seeing myself frantically trying to ring in and being unable to beat Alan to the punch.  It’s all about the buzzer, boys and girls.  Well, that and trying to avoid categories about birds since, let’s be honest, I know nothing about birds.  But I believe I have proven that Star Wars?  Star Wars I know.  

This… Is… Jeopardy!

I can’t spill any of the details yet, but I wanted to swing by with a drive-by post to say that I’m going to be on Jeopardy tonight!  Aaaahhhh!!! I’ll be back tomorrow to spill any details you want, but if you want to watch tonight and play along with insider info, see if you […]

Winners Announced for the 2018 MAKE IT GOLDEN Contest!

Oh, my goodness, Finalists!! You nearly broke the Rubies this time!  This was the toughest final vote we’ve ever had.  Truly, we could happily award our top prizes multiple times over…but we forced ourselves to choose just our top three entries each, and then made the razor-thin distinctions needed to come up with our winners.  […]

ONE MORE WORD OR MAYBE JUST ONE WORD

I realized only minutes ago (Sunday evening 10:30 p.m.) that I scheduled to blog here at RSS on Monday. In a panic, I found this blog I wrote almost ten years ago (now updated) and realized that my life has changed a lot since then but also, I’m just as busy. I’m still working outside […]

Back to Double Digits

Well, here we are. October is upon us once more. We’re in the double digit months and I, for one, have no idea how this has happened. Wasn’t it just New Year’s? And right after that Easter? And boy, wasn’t Memorial Day a blast? Since my year has whizzed by faster than a Fourth of […]

Finalists Announced for the 2018 MAKE IT GOLDEN Contest!

It’s time to announce the top ten finalists for the 2018 MAKE IT GOLDEN CONTEST!! Finalists: be sure to post your EXPANDED entries in the comments below (a maximum total of 250 words, starting with the exact opening lines you showed us already, plus what immediately follows) by 12:01 a.m. PACIFIC TIME October 4 to […]

Prep NOW for NaNo (and the 2019 Golden Heart)!!!!

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 […]

The Definition of Done

A few weeks ago, I wrote about rewarding yourself to help train your brain to get into a productive, creative mode and the value of not moving the goalposts on yourself – but that can be easier said than done when you’re doing something as subjective as writing.   How many of you (like me) have finished […]

Opening Day for the 2018 MAKE IT GOLDEN Contest!

Welcome to the NINTH Annual MAKE IT GOLDEN Contest!! The MAKE IT GOLDEN contest is designed for unpublished authors who are polishing up their entries for RWA’s Golden Heart Contest. We all know how important a strong opening is in grabbing the attention of Golden Heart judges, and this contest is a great chance to […]

How to Set up & Run a Facebook Release Party

Today is book release day for the first book in my new Highland Roses School series! Welcome to the world, A ROSE IN THE HIGHLANDS! To celebrate my new Scottish Historical romance, I am hosting my first Facebook party, starting later today at 4PM ET. So today on the Ruby blog, I am going to […]

It’s Birthday Number NINE for the Ruby Blog!!

Happy birthday to us!! The Ruby Slippered Sisterhood blog is NINE YEARS OLD today!! It’s been a joy creating and sustaining this blog as a supportive online community for Romance writers and readers, offering a space for inspiration, advice, and Sisterhood for all!! To date, we’ve offered up 2,692 blog posts, lots of special events […]

Contest Rules for the 2018 MAKE IT GOLDEN Contest!

The Ruby Slippered Sisterhood will celebrate our NINTH blog birthday tomorrow, with our usual celebratory fun and fabulous prize packages!! The following Wednesday, September 26, in keeping with Ruby tradition, we’ll be opening our 9th Annual MAKE IT GOLDEN CONTEST, and giving our Golden-Heart-eligible readers a terrific chance to shine (plus have a chance to […]

Don’t Let Fear Block the Parade

It’s time again for my semi-annual oncology check-up visit, and it never fails to make my heart pound and my knees feel weak. I’m a seven-year ovarian cancer survivor and am very lucky to be alive. It was a fluke really, that they caught my tumor, which grew from nothing detectable at my annual GYN […]

I Loathe Writing First Drafts!

I loathe writing first drafts. LOATHE IT. There. I said it. I know, I know. I’ve heard all the writerly bromides: “First drafts are  supposed to be bad.” “You can fix anything but a blank page.” But the perfectionist who lives in my head doesn’t listen. She’s singing, “Let it suck, let it suck, let it suck!” – […]

Foreign translations through Babelcube

At Romantic Times 2017 in Atlanta, I attended a workshop where an author panel discussed book/marketing projects that took little effort and brought in “nice” revenue. One of the authors mentioned having her books translated with Babelcube and the steady income she gets from those translations. “It’s free money!” That suggestion caught my attention. I […]

Simply the Best

I had the amazing good fortune over the past few weeks to attend the US Open. I had the even better good fortune to watch Serena Williams play. First, let me just get this out of my system. Wow!

What My Mother, And Walt, Didn’t Tell Me

Life is messy. I don’t know one person who is living the fairy tale that Walt and his tribe, lack of social media, and the sheltering love of parents helped us to envisioned as children. Disagreements were once about how we were affected. Now they included our families, our communities and our world’s state, and […]

The Mysterious Creative Brain

This year at RWA, I attended several workshops about the brain which blew my mind (ha. get it?), including the PAN Retreat with Roseanne Bane who spoke extensively about how stress can literally change your brain chemistry and inhibit creative thinking.  (You can check out her additional resources for her keynote here:  RWA2018) She had […]

How to Prepare for a Book Release

Hello Ruby Readers! Hope you had a fantastic holiday weekend if you were lucky enough to have Monday off. Even though I went to the beach with friends and family, my mind was ticking away on all the promotion details I need to remember for my upcoming book release. The first book in my new […]

A Dash of This and a Pinch of That

All too often, writing advice can come off like a recipe. No more than three sentences in a paragraph. All paragraphs must be a minimum of three sentences.  Keep your chapters short. Write at your own pace. Build a rich world and trust your reader will keep up. Don’t confuse the reader with too many […]

After the Big Triumph (or Defeat)

Last week I had the opportunity to check something off my bucket list.  I got to go on Jeopardy! (Aaaaahhh!!!!) Now, if you want to find out how I did, you’re going to have to wait until October 15th like everyone else – at which point I will spill ALL – but today I want […]

Thank you, Sabrina

In this year’s Rita Awards ceremony, the audience watched clips of authors thanking fellow authors who had played an important role in their writing careers. We’re all in this together. When RWA called for submissions for this feature, I sent in an entry–to thank Sabrina Jeffries for all she’s meant to me. We were selected to […]

Just Contempt

Has this ever happened to you? I read continuously. Sometimes two books at a time. This past week I took my grandsons to the library and even though I have hundreds of books sitting in my office and on my kindle that I’ve not read yet, I had to have another world to step into. […]

I Got A Request! … Now What?

Whether you went to the RWA National Conference and were able to get one of the “Speed Pitch” slots or not… whether you pitched on twitter or participated in PitchWars or dug through Query Tracker and Publishers Marketplace to see which editors and agents were acquiring and building their lists right now, at some point […]

300 words a day

If your summer has been like mine, finding time to write is difficult. Schedules are in a shambles. Any time you do find, after spending the day breaking up childhood squabbles and entertaining visiting relatives, is not when you normally write. I don’t know about you, but I’m grouchy if I don’t get to spend […]

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