Craft

To Lie For Time?

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This morning’s craft chapter was about telling harmless lies to get time to write.  Sellers had a term for it, but I don’t remember it (I’ll look it up when I get home).  Ah here it is, she called them “Strategic Deceits”.  The idea was that you could tell a harmless little lie such as […]

Editing/Revision

I Hate My Book Day

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I am totally having an “I Hate My Book” Day. You know, one of those days (generally following a really difficult scene) when you don’t like anything you’ve written. It all feels stale and hackneyed and not at all unique. Your characters seem flat (even when they mostly aren’t) and your words are just–meh. I […]

Musings

Writers’ Service Announcement

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Beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep! This is a Writers’ Service Announcement: If you write murder mysteries, please be advised: Following an intimate encounter with your spouse, if he asks “What are you thinking?”, don’t tell him that you’re contemplating the disposition of the next body appearing in Chapter Five. It’s one of those cases when honesty is not the […]

Musings

Daily Progress Report

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Well, as I said yesterday, I had an out of town wedding today and just got back.  Nada in the way of written words.  I did a little bit of thinking about my bad guy’s profile and sort of how he’s going to react to the situation that I need to write next.  Tomorrow’s project […]

Musings

Am I Anti-social?

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Tonight my husband is hanging out with friends and having a mass Halo 3 party.  Which means that I have hours of uninterrupted time to write.  You understand that I am elated by this given that most of the week I have to fight to squeeze in time to write and most of it isn’t […]

Musings

Grief and Joy

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My husband’s dog died today.  He was fourteen, had hip dysplasia, and had already lived two years beyond the expected lifespan of a Malamute.  He didn’t live with us, but rather with hubby’s parents, as we decided it would have been cruel to move him to a smaller yard at such an advanced age.  He […]

Musings

Nothing Short Of Miraculous

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If you come here often, you know that I am about to finish my novel Houses of Cards. I will, in fact, be writing the afterward this morning. But I had to share with all of you the amazing event that occurred yesterday afternoon. You should probably read this post and this post as background […]

Musings

Fiction’s Parallels With The Personal

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I have had, perhaps, a personal epiphany today regarding Houses of Cards. It was a book that began, as I have said before, nine years ago, with only the kernel of an idea for a heroine and the idea that she was running from something. It sat with an opening scene (that has long since […]

Musings

HOC Update

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They’re married! Sniff. I love weddings. You so rarely see them in modern romance (at least the ones I’ve been reading), and normally it’s epilogue kind of stuff. It pretty well never fits into my plot, but this time it did and I’m psyched. I just finished writing it out and my hero and heroine […]

Musings

Daily Progress Report

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HOC: 744 Daily Goal: Met Yeah I had all these grand plans for getting the full wedding scene written today.   Then I woke up at 6:15 this morning when my husband got up to go to work and couldn’t go back to sleep.  I was kinda brain dead for the first 5 hours, catching […]