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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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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