Tag: fiction

Just Another Brick (or rock) in the Wall

I’ve always been fascinated by rock walls. They are big puzzles really. I love the different kinds of rock, the way they fit together, how the colors work together. My dream house would have a rock exterior. When I see a rock wall (like…

Why My Leading Lady Isn’t a Size 2

You’ve read that book, right? The one where the leading lady is a size 2. A man could put his hands around her waist and touch thumb to thumb, middle finger to middle finger. Oh! And she’s g-o-r-g-e-o-u-s. Perfect hair. Supple lips that are…

Characters Taking Over

I sat at Starbucks, trying to write even though Oprah was behind me, watching my every move. I’m writing a novel with a pre-teen protagonist…no, it’s not young adult…no, it’s not fantasy fiction… I got to the point in my story where my protagonist…

Yoda. Snooki. Stephen King. And Dealing With Rejection.

Last night I learned that an editor declined to publish the novel I’m working on. No. No. No. Don’t feel pity for me. Don’t. I’m fine! Seriously. This isn’t my first rejection. It won’t be my last.  Rejection is part of the job. It’s…

Reading Haruf

A few years ago, I picked up a book called Plainsong by Kent Haruf. The writing was brilliant. I had a difficult time putting it down. But there was a problem. The book touched too many ragged nerves. It was a painful read for me….

Smell Ya Later, NaNoWriMo

I made the official call. I’m not going to “win” NaNoWriMo this year. Now, don’t get me wrong. I think it’s a great thing, this writing a novel in a month thing. I did it last year and that novel releases in February. But,…

Goodness & Mercy & a Give-Away

Don’t forget, yesterday’s give-away for a $10 gift certificate to Better Way Imports is STILL up and collecting entries. Hop over by clicking HERE. TODAY, we’re celebrating by talking about a GREAT, WONDERFUL, FABULOUS book by my friend Patti Hill. Read on through to find…

Clutter Brain

CHECK IT OUT! I have a contest going on at my Facebook Novelist Page! Click HERE to see and enter! How can I incorporate a hunky knight (in shining armor) into my novel in progress about funeral directors! The idea that gets the most “likes”…

The Element of Surprise–Inspired by Annette Deaton

Make sure you cast your vote for last week’s stories. You can do that by clicking here, reading the stories and voting in the comment section. Thanks! Once again, we have a story idea from Annette Deaton. Annette also came up with the ideas…

Scourge–Inspired by Kristi West

I’m at it again! A challenge to write short stories based on the ideas and inspirations of my readers! We had 30 stories in September (find links to those stories here). Well, that was so popular (and insanely fun for me) that I decided…

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