Research

What Do You Look For In Entertainment?

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So last week I had a little bit of a ranty post about how so many male authors seem to be allergic to any kind of happy ending.  And a comment by one of my male pals got me to wondering…what exactly is it that MEN look for in entertainment that is actually being delivered […]

Research

Getting It Right

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I used to be obsessed with “Getting it Right” as a writer.  By which I mean that I wrote romantic suspense based around classic police (and FBI) procedurals, and I wanted to be sure I didn’t make some idiotic, newb mistake that would cause anybody in the know to chuck my book against a wall.  […]

Research

Strange Research

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I write paranormal stuff.  To a point this is because I love it and am fascinated by the possibilities.  It’s also because it tends to require less research.  See, I’m GREAT at research.  It’s part of that Evil Day Job training. One does not go through grad school for an academic degree in a science […]

Musings

Life Lessons

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So I’m in Vicksburg this weekend for annual training for work.  I’m part of the Research and Development side, so I’m part of the team that actually wrote the training.  I have to be here anyway.  It’s usually pretty dull, but I had my laptop and a book, so things haven’t been too bad other […]

Musings

A Place For Faces

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One of the habits I picked up from Pot somewhere along the way, one which I know a lot of other authors share, is the fact that I like to find a face for my characters.  An actual picture of someone who looks like each of my main cast members.  Some people pop into my […]

Musings

Character Development: Map That Family Tree

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I have finally gotten off my tail to start trying to work on the family history of the people who used to own Blackbourne Hall (the estate my heroine is turning into a B and B).  I thought it might be handy to create a family tree for them so that I could keep track […]

Editing/Revision

Peace & Quiet

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For the second weekend running, I am ensconced in my office at work.  And I have to confess–I like it.  Oh, not the work part, but I have to confess I am really enjoying the quiet.  There is the low hum of the AC and assorted other white noise, but there is no one else […]

Editing/Revision

Daily Progress Report

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Til Death: 0 Daily Goal: Not Met I wasted my morning’s free time playing with creating a header and picking a them for Murder & Magnolias and transferring links (so anybody who happens by there might have SOMETHING to look at).  Then I spent some time working on my class, for which I got my […]

Editing/Revision

Daily Progress Report

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Til Death: None written, but I did get each of my major plot threads pasted into a sort of abridged draft, one for each thread.  I cut and paste all the relevant portions of the draft into a new file.  It’s something I did with the relationship thread a while back, and it really helped […]

Musings

Smattering of Interesting Instructive Posts

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Because I am existing under the looming axe of a deadline, I’m going to direct you all toward a handful of instructive posts that came out recently on some of my regular reads that I thought were worth sharing. Over at Poe’s Deadly Daughters, Sharon Wildwind talks about how to help readers latch on to […]