Writing

Noodling on Nora

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Anyone who’s hung out around me for any period of time knows I’m a huge Nora Roberts fan.  The woman is hella prolific with over 200 novels under her belt since that 1979 snowstorm that led her to writing her first.  We all know I admire efficiency.  I also admire her consistency, her success, and […]

Books

You Never Forget Your First

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…Nora that is. I was reminded by this yesterday when I made a Twitter hail for people to tell me their favorite non-historical book that’s set on a ranch in Montana.  I know.  Very specific query, but my current WIP begins on a ranch in Montana, so I’m wanting to read more in that vein […]

Musings

What I Want In A Heroine

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So it’s Villain Month, and I should technically be thinking about my villain.  And I am–both of them.  The ruthless CEO against whom Rowan will be testifying and also the stalker she encounters in her new location.  In preparation I’m reading John Douglas’s Obsession to get myself more in that mindset.  But what I find […]

Books

Out With A Whimper

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Well the 3rd round of the 70 Days of Sweat is over.  I don’t even know were I stand on final words for the challenge.  Maybe somewhere between 30k-40k?  It’s been so long since I’ve really written–first because of our vacation, then my big hiatus to try and figure out a setup that would work […]

Musings

To Hop Or Not To Hop…That Is The Question

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Point of view is a basic and crucial decision every writer has to make at the start of any project.  The POV you choose has an enormous impact on the story you’re able to tell.  Would Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum books be anywhere near as entertaining without that sassy, snarky, in-your-face first person perspective?  Sure […]

Books

Gripes

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Okay, I have been anticipating the release of The Hollow since I finished Blood Brothers last November. I had a countdown to May 6th, the official release date. I got up early to go buy it this morning before work. I hit Kroger first because, hey, I needed sour cream. They didn’t have it. Um, […]

Editing/Revision

Car Thoughts

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One of my favorite procrastination methods during college was playing Text Twist.  For those of you who don’t know, it’s a game that has jumbled letters and you’re supposed to see how many words you can come up with out of that series of letters.  As a total Scrabble-geek, it’s a lot of fun for […]

Musings

Expectations of Romance

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So  hubby and I have been watching movies tonight.  We rented I Now Pronounce You Chuck And Larry and Waitress.  Chuck and Larry was better than I expected.  Waitress on the other hand was something of a disappointment.  WARNING: SPOILERS FOLLOWING Now, based on the previews and the brief summaries of this movie I read, […]

Editing/Revision

Plotting Broccoli

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Plotting for a natural pantser is like broccoli (or pick another veggie you don’t really care for) or exercise.  You know that it’s good for you.  You should use (eat/do) it, and sometimes when you’re feeling virtuous you do, at which point you give yourself a pat on the back.  If you manage to do […]

Books

Blood Brothers

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Hot damn! It has been a very very long time since I picked up a book that was good enough it was worth staying up until 2 am on a work night to finish it. But last night I read Nora’s latest, Blood Brothers. And it was awesome. I’ve been waiting on these books since […]