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Spoilers

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about spoilers. Between the latest Avengers movie and the excitement around the last season of Game of Thrones, Twitter has been rife with them over the past week.

Spoiler … I don’t watch Game of Thrones so I won’t ruin anything for you here.

And spoiler number two … while I love the Marvel cannon, I’m a bit behind at the moment and still need to see Infinity War. So … you’re safe with me.

Calculated Risk

First off, let me start of by saying that as I am writing this I have not yet seen Avengers: Endgame – so there will be NO SPOILERS. (Though I may spoil Infinity War somewhat.)  I’m not here to talk about Endgame plot wise.  I’m here to talk about it’s impact.  It’s effect.  And the […]

Mini-Bucket Lists

A few days ago, the notebook where I jot down random ideas broke.  Or, to be more precise, the cover tore in half, the binding snapped, and it more or less exploded paper all over the inside of my bag.  Not great for my organization, but it did help me trip across a list I […]

The Golden Ticket

I loved Autumn’s inspiring post on Monday and it dovetailed with something I’ve been thinking about lately. There’s a line in the movie YOU’VE GOT MAIL. Meg Ryan (a children’s bookstore owner in the film) remarks about the books we read as kids: “Because when you read a book as a child, it becomes a […]

WHY DO YOU WRITE?

Why Do You Write? In the writing communities I belong to, the question being asked is why should I continue to write. Authors of all levels are asking this question because their incomes have dropped dramatically. Many can no longer support their families or the life style they’ve become accustomed too. They’re searching for jobs […]

Elton’s Smile

I recently had the opportunity to see Elton John in concert. I’ve loved his music forever but have never had a chance to see him perform and now that I have I am kicking myself I waited this long!

Consolation Day: We’ve Got Hugs, Chocolate, and Some Reminders You Need to Hear Right Now!!

Well, this stinks. The universe clearly %*$%#$&!!ed up this time. You submitted your wonderful, awesome, from-the-very-depths-of-your-heart precious book—your book that truly DESERVED it, the book you sweated and cried and suffered over, the book that made your CP weep tears of joy—and you WANTED TO FINAL SO BAD. Especially this year. And you stared at […]

Welcome 2019 Golden Heart and RITA Finalists!

CONGRATULATIONS, 2019 FINALISTS!!! You’ve made it through the eye of the needle: RWA judges are among the most demanding in the reading world, and nobody gets these nominations without having written an AMAZING book! (I have to say, my packet of Golden Heart entries were REALLY strong, so strong I had to remind myself I […]

It’s Golden Heart / RITA Nomination Announcement Day!!!

LET THE CYBER-PARTY BEGIN… Golden Heart and RITA nomination phone calls are going out today, and thousands of hopeful romance authors are trembling with anticipation as they wait to see if their phone will ring!! We’re here to cheer, commiserate, celebrate, hold hands with other nervous hopefuls, give you good company to gnaw your fingernails […]

Preparing for a Reader Conference

Have you ever attended a Reader Writer get together, event, or conference? As an author, I love spending a weekend with readers! And just as there are varied and wonderfully unique books, there are different types of reader weekends. As an attending author, I need to tailor my preparations to the type of reader event […]

Behind the Black Moment

As a writer starts to learn her craft, she’ll start hearing certain catch phrases – the inciting incident, the point of no return, the black moment.  Those are the beats, the story moments we have learned are commonly part of satisfying plot arcs. Something will to happen to disrupt our character’s life, they will have to […]

From “Book in a Week” to BOOK!

Using the wonders of Yahoo groups and RWA online forums, my RWA land chapter, Midwest Fiction Writers, hosts a couple of virtual ‘meetings’ in addition to our monthly in-person meetings, where members can get cheerleading, support, and companionship while trying to meet their personal writing goals. The first, “Club 100,” helps our members develop and […]

2019 Winter Writing Festival CLOSING CEREMONIES

Somehow it’s happened again: It’s DAY FIFTY of the Winter Writing Festival! And that means this is our closing day for this year.  I’m never sure whether to cheer or heave a melancholy sigh…but I’m so, so proud of all the wonderful hard work that’s gone on since the 10th of January, and I hope […]

How to Get “Tight” – Ruby Reprise

“Needs tightening.”My least favorite comment. I hate tightening.  Hate it at the gym.  Hate it with my household budget.  Really, really hate it with my writing. I love the luxuriance of books, the lavishness of language.  Back in first grade, I always needed extra sheets of story-paper for Writing Time, and never got around to […]

Share a Snippet!!

We’re in the final stretch of the 2019 Winter Writing Festival, with only three more days to go after today! That means those of us who’ve stuck with it have been working for 47 days, creating lots and lots of new words. As we always do a couple of times during the WWF, we’re inviting […]

So, We’ve GOTTA Talk About This Plagiarism Thing

Don’t know about you, but I’m still having trouble picking my jaw up off the floor. Nothing could be weirder than #CockyGate, but #CopyPasteCris is a close second for the sheer bonkers chutzpah that seems to be involved. In case you spent the last few days under a rock, here’s the deal: On Monday, Courtney Milan, […]

Winter Writing Festival Check-In #6!!

We’ve completed our SIXTH week, with JUST ONE MORE TO GO in the 2019 Winter Writing Festival!! It always amazes me how fast it all rushes by…but ONE WHOLE WEEK LEFT is still plenty of time to get some serious writing done! Hopefully, we’ll be turning the corner soon on all the winter storms and […]

You Can Do It YOUR Way!!

        During the Festival, lots of us have been focused on word counts: how many words during a sprint, how many words per day, how many words of a manuscript have we written? But numbers aren’t necessarily everything, and there’s no magic number that works for everyone. Stephen King famously writes 10 […]

Make Sure to Save the Cat!

Have you ever started reading a book and wondered if the awful person you have met is actually the hero? Surely it can’t be the jerk who seems to have no redemptive qualities. Yes, a hero, as well as a heroine, needs to grow and change to make a story, but sometimes one of them […]

Winter Writing Festival check in #5

This is really Kate Parker hiding behind Elisa’s better photo. Only two weeks to go! Can you believe it? This is the warning bell for all the procrastinators out there. If  you’ve been moving steadily along, you’ve not only been amassing points, you’ve been amassing words in your work in progress. That’s what it’s all […]

Some NaNoWriMo Wisdom on Revision

The wonderful NaNoWriMo website publishes all sorts of pep talks from established authors, including lots of wise advice about revision. Today, I’ve snagged a few of my favorite bits to share with you if you’re one of our Winter Writing Festival participants who’s primarily focused on revision right now: “Believe it or not, I LOVE […]

Put a Little Love in St. Valentine’s Day

  As writers of romance, some might think that we have St. Valentine’s Day all planned out and perfected. Rose petals and candles, sentimental handmade cards exchanged while we listen to memory-filled songs from a specially created playlist. Sexy lingerie and of course steamy ruby-colored stilettos. After all, we have “written the book” (or many […]

Winter Writing Festival – Check in Week 4

  The Ninth Annual Ruby Slippered Sisterhood Winter Writing Festival is in high gear. Come join us today and let us know how you’re doing, meeting your goals and enjoying fellowship with other writers! Yesterday we completed our FOURTH FULL WEEK, so today it’s time to officially check in! If you’re reading this on the […]

Patience is a Virtue…isn’t it?

Hello, friends, and welcome to a glimpse inside my head. Are you scared yet? You know how everyone had a word of the year? Okay, maybe not everyone, but lots of people start off the new year with a guiding word, something that will encapsulate all they desire to achieve. It may be PEACE or […]

Winter Writing Festival – Check In #3!

  Welcome, welcome, welcome to the third weekly check-in for the Ninth Annual Ruby Slippered Sisterhood Winter Writing Festival! The festival is going strong and we’re eager to hear how it’s going for you! Are you hitting your goals? Feeling the writing fellowship? Need a pep-talk to get going again? Join us today and check in! […]

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