Category Archives: writing

Creative Control

“What is the most important thing you learned after completing your first book?” That being a writer is nothing like I expected it to be. Again, as I said last week when asked about publishing a first book, the “I … Continue reading

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Reading Challenge 2021, Part Twelve

I have four more cozy mysteries and a historical romance anthology to tell you about today. These bring my 2021 total to 49, which is one below my yearly goal of reading 50 books per year. That means I need … Continue reading

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Getting a Foot in the Door

  Our Wednesday Fox asked, “Tell us about the publication of your first book.” In the spring of 2012, I was working on a historical novel set in 1870, about a former samurai who needed to find a new direction. … Continue reading

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Writing May Not Be Written Down

This Week: Can you picture yourself ever stopping writing (creatively)… and thinking, “Nah, I’m tired of writing. Maybe I’ll do something else.” Short answer? No. I know that everyone who has been here for any time knows that I wrote … Continue reading

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Time to Call it Quits?

Our resident hound asked, “Can you picture yourself ever stopping writing (creatively)… and thinking, “Nah, I’m tired of writing. Maybe I’ll do something else.”? As I mulled over this question, several different responses came to mind. I suppose that’s because … Continue reading

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Like? Not Likely

THIS WEEK: If a prospective publisher asked you to compare your work to that of one or two well-known authors, whom would you choose? I haven’t had a prospective publisher ask me that yet, but when I was hoping to … Continue reading

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I Want to Be Like Her

Once again, our topic is one I suggested: “If a prospective publisher asked you to compare your work to that of one or two well-known authors, whom would you choose? Why?” I was asked this question when I applied to … Continue reading

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An Absolute Favorite Book of Mine

When we discussed books that were introduced to because of our children and grandchildren, I had more than enough to mention, so I omitted one.Actually, I found it by myself because it had the seal of the Newberry Award on … Continue reading

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Guest Author: Diana Stout and Finding Your Fire & Keeping it Hot

I’ve mentioned how write-ins on Zoom helped me complete my latest novella. Dr. Diana Stout is a regular participant in them, because she’s always busy working on one project or another. She’s been a visitor here, sharing her romance series. … Continue reading

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Funny Bunny

 The Hound asked: Have you ever really had FUN writing a scene (or scenes)? I always have fun writing. That isn’t to say that all of my scenes are funny, often quite the contrary. My writings deal with some serious … Continue reading

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