On Systems Analysis and Romance Novels

One day I will find the right words to write, and they will be simple. – Jack Kerouac

When I was in Library School I took a class known as Systems Analysis. It was the dreaded class. I can still recall my professor, Dr. Eve Rosenthal, warning us that as much as the class might love her . . . → Read More: On Systems Analysis and Romance Novels

What I write and why

I’ve been tagged by YA author Shawna Romkey in this blogging challenge, to answer four questions about my writing, so I’m going to do that here – and thanks for the blogging idea! The crickets have been chirping around here lately.

Shawna’s a fellow RWACer – (Romance Writers of Atlantic Canada member), fellow nerd and all around . . . → Read More: What I write and why

The case of the disappearing lamp cord

When you get to know me, I don’t despair – I just get up, clean up, and start again. Avi Arad 

I spent part of the day clearing out stuff I’ve kept for so long I don’t remember what I was saving them for. I packed up fabric I’ve stored away for ten years, balls of wool for scarves . . . → Read More: The case of the disappearing lamp cord

Moving from WIP to Done: What I’ve learned from writing NYAB

“The best thing for being sad,” replied Merlin, beginning to puff and blow, “is to learn something. That’s the only thing that never fails.” – T.H. White, The Once and Future King

I started writing Not Your Average Beauty in the fall of 2009. I had just joined RWAC as present to myself for finishing my first . . . → Read More: Moving from WIP to Done: What I’ve learned from writing NYAB

I’m blogging over at the RWAC blog today

Hey folks,

I was on vacation last week and this week I’m blogging over at the RWAC blog today – hope you . . . → Read More: I’m blogging over at the RWAC blog today

Tag! I’m It!

Shawna Romkey, who’s book Speak of the Devil is coming out soon (Crescent Moon Press) tagged me in her blog to answer a few questions about my WIP. I’ve decided to choose Not Your Average Beauty, since my current WIP is still in its infancy. So here goes!

What is the working title of your book?

Not Your Average Beauty

Where . . . → Read More: Tag! I’m It!

The Neverending Beginning

Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning. Winston Churchill

This past summer I read a novel by a very popular writer that wasn’t a bad read once the story got started, which was somewhere around page 104. Right now, I . . . → Read More: The Neverending Beginning

Telling myself a story

When you write you tell yourself a story. When you rewrite you take out everything that is NOT the story. ― Stephen King

As the saga of my writing malaise continues, I am still busy reading, which gave me cause to be on goodreads more frequently than normal. I have a very basic existence there, and I use . . . → Read More: Telling myself a story

Summer afternoons

Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language. ~Henry James

Short post, because it’s summer (and what an amazing summer we are having) and I have a print out beside me of what I’ve written to date on my latest WIP. I had to stop and see . . . → Read More: Summer afternoons

A panster with a plan

I learned that you should feel when writing, not like Lord Byron on a mountain top, but like a child stringing beads in kindergarten – happy, absorbed and quietly putting one bead on after another. Brenda Ueland

I seem to have found my creative footing again. It was hard at first, and I’m not saying that prose worthy . . . → Read More: A panster with a plan

No Prince Charming


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