Category Archives: Patricia Kiyono

Writing Life BC and AD

This week, our resident hound posed this prompt: We’ve previously discussed how summers typically affect our writing schedules or outputs, but this summer of 2020 was unique in many ways. Tell us whether these unique factors affected your writing… and … Continue reading

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There’s Always a Backstory

This week’s prompt: You’re asked to reimagine a fairytale. What fairytale would you choose and what genre would you write it in? Why? I remember listening to and then reading many fairy tales, both European and Japanese. At the time, … Continue reading

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Rambling Reader Reviews 2020, Part Five

I did a LOT of reading this month. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m getting weary of the story I’m trying to write, or if I’m tired of all the sewing I’ve been doing. It’s also possible that I’m … Continue reading

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Guest Author: Charlotte Brothers and Creatures of Habit

Last month, during our RWA virtual chapter meeting, two of our members announced the publication of their first books. As this is always a momentous occasion, I invited them both to come here and share a bit about how their … Continue reading

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What Was I Supposed to Do?

This week’s topic of discussion: What is something for which you constantly need reminding?  I’ve been a list-maker for many years, and I always have a calendar or two nearby. Both habits sprang from a string of embarrassing events which … Continue reading

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Yes, That Really Happened

Our question for this week is, “Have you used something that happened to you in real life in any of your stories? Did you change it at all?” I’ve often remarked that each of my female protagonists shares something with … Continue reading

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Guest Author: Rose Fresquez and First Site

This month, I’ve invited another member of the Sweet Critique Group, my subgroup of the Writing Gals Critique Group, to highlight some of her writing and share a bit of her journey to publication. Rose is a busy mom, but … Continue reading

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Rambling Reader Reviews 2020, Part Four

I’m still sewing like crazy, but I managed to read five great books this month. Yes, I’m still laughing my way through the Miss Fortune Mysteries – I just can’t put them down! But I sandwiched in a few others, … Continue reading

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So, You Want to Be a Writer?

This week’s topic: What advice would you give to an aspiring author? Last week, I participated in a faculty writing retreat at the university where I teach. Normally, these retreats take place on campus, but due to stay-at-home orders we … Continue reading

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Guest Author: Idabelle Aylor and Folded Corners

I belong to several online author groups, and a few months ago someone in the Writing Gals Critique Group suggested that we form smaller, more manageable groups organized by genre. I quickly agreed, and I joined the Sweet Critique Group … Continue reading

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