Writing

On Getting It “Right”

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Once upon a time, in the days before the internet, research was hard.  You did it all via books or interviews.  And if you couldn’t find a source…well, you made it up and hoped for the best.  Depending on what you wrote, the percentage of your audience who KNOW you flagrantly made stuff up about […]

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

Ah Research

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With each new WIP, I inevitably go off on tangents researching.  Sometimes I’ll do this on the front end, sometimes just as the need arises.  But I always end up finding out new and interesting things, which totally fits my personality as a trivia hound.  This would be why no one in my family or […]

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

Free Resources: Open University

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I swiped this link from Lynn Viehl over at PBW (as she always has wonderful and fabulous resources).  It was part of one of her Ten For Free posts that she actually referenced on her Genreality post the other day.   Writers spent thousands each year on conferences and classes and retreats.  As I’m one […]