Crux of the matter

Books aren’t written, they’re rewritten. Including your own. It is one of the hardest things to accept, especially after the seventh rewrite hasn’t quite done it… Michael Crichton

The past few weeks of editing Not Your Average Beauty have been really instructive. So instructive, I think, that if I’m able to do it get these few chapters down, . . . → Read More: Crux of the matter

The missing piece

A good puzzle, it’s a fair thing. Nobody is lying. It’s very clear, and the problem depends just on you. Erno Rubik

I didn’t blog last week, and didn’t write a whole lot either.  I’ve been preoccupied with some important (and exciting, I think) work from the librarian side of my life that kicked off this past . . . → Read More: The missing piece

Happy Birthday and Merry Christmas

The brain is like a muscle. When it is in use we feel very good. Understanding is joyous. Carl Sagan

I have been writing seriously since 2007 – that’s when I sat myself down, started to write a book. In 2009, I finished it, and as a treat to myself, I joined my local RWA chapter, Romance Writers . . . → Read More: Happy Birthday and Merry Christmas

Study in R. Sharpe

I’ll happily mentor anyone who wants mentoring, and most of that goes on by internet rather than face to face. – Bernard Cornwall

Thanks to Paula Altenburg, half of the writing duo that makes up Taylor Keating and soon to be releasing books under her own name for Engtangled, I did something of a speed burst through . . . → Read More: Study in R. Sharpe

The (not so) dreaded synopsis

A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success. 
Elbert Hubbard 

It’s been a productive week (I think, anyway) having gotten my chapters 2 and 3 revised, as well as chapter 4. I re-read the dreaded synopsis, and yesterday was somewhat validated by it’s length (still 6 pages) which . . . → Read More: The (not so) dreaded synopsis

The end of the beginning?

I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again.  Oscar Wilde

Well, boys and girls, I did it – I think. I have to take one more look at it, (after so many, I’m really beginning to hate chapter . . . → Read More: The end of the beginning?

Change of direction

The wastebasket is a writer’s best friend.  ~Isaac Bashevis Singer

I had a huge epiphany about Something Wonderful this past week. Mostly, something is missing. Thanks to some help from my CP’s, I realized the problem. Luckily I know how to fix it.

I have to re-write it. (Yikes.)

Okay  – I don’t need to rewrite the whole thing . . . → Read More: Change of direction

Like butter

I feel thin, sort of stretched, like butter, scraped over too much bread. – Bilbo Baggins (J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring)

Are you busy? I bet I know the answer. You’re not just busy, you’re crazybusy, aren’t you? It doesn’t matter what your job is, or how many kids you have, . . . → Read More: Like butter

The cutting room floor

Try any goddam thing you like, no matter how boringly normal or outrageous. If it works, fine. If it doesn’t, toss it. Toss it even if you love it. - Stephen King

I thought I would have to take a break from my revisions this week, because I was doing an online workshop.  Bad weather on Wednesday conspired . . . → Read More: The cutting room floor

Learning how you learn

Till this moment, I never knew myself. – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

As part of my regular day job, my organization is offering various one-day modules on various themes that, in the business of healthcare (and probably other fields as well) would be termed “soft skills” – how to collaborate, how to hold effective meetings, conflict . . . → Read More: Learning how you learn

No Prince Charming


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