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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 […]

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