Killing Them Softly

I’m discussing the Killing of Darlings today over at the Waterworld Mermaid site. “So…I didn’t end up completing NaNoWriMo. Again. And let’s be honest–I didn’t really try. I finished my third pass of revisions by November 10th or so, but sometimes a body just gets SO EXHAUSTED that it’s like getting the flu. Everything shuts down, emotionally and physically,…

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Busy Blood Moon

Hello, my lovelies! Returned from Baltimore Book Fest , wet and not unscathed — darn cold fingers and steel corset snaps! Pictures will be up…soonish (and not of the thumb injury, because I will not have you guys all freaking out on me again. Suffice it to say it’s bad). Came home to exhaustion and HERO’s edit letter, which…

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How to Cheat off Your Own Paper

I’m over at the Waterworld Mermaids today, writing about Self-Plagiarism. “One of the questions a writer is most-often asked is whether they are a “Plotter” or a “Pantser.” We’ve talked about it here on the Waterworld Mermaids a few times. Do you painstakingly outline things, or do you just fly by the seat of your pants and just write…

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Post-Apocalyptic Disaster Area

Today I am a-blogging over at The Waterworld Mermaids about the ultimate sacrifice a writer must make when he/she is trying to write a novel on deadline: HOUSEWORK. The house is going to look like hell, and you’re going to have to let it. Among other things. Read my bit of insanity here. (I have taken a picture of…

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Once and Future Princess

This week I had the privilege of being featured on my good friend Anton Strout’s “The Once and Future Podcast.” We got very writerly in our discussion — folks looking to hear about the struggles of writing life…and writing sequels…and writing under stress…and writing while over committed…will LOVE this one. Just click on the image below! This week I…

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Writing Classes with Cat Rambo!

If you are a fantasy writer and not familiar with Cat Rambo, shame on you! I admire Cat down to her pretty little toes — as both a writer and a workshop instructor. She has a list of her workshops and classes online here: http://www.kittywumpus.net/blog/upcoming-online-classes/ Among them are: Editing Basics (3 week online class) Establishing an Online Presence for…

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2012 Marlene Finalists Announced

The Washington Romance Writers congratulates the finalists in the 2012 Marlene Contest! Series Contemporary Kelley Brown, DATING MS. WRIGHT Nancy S. Evertz (Nan Dixon), SOUTHERN COMFORT Ami Weaver, THE CHRISTMAS BRIDE Single Title Kimberly Kincaid, IT‚S NOT YOU (WRW Member) Heather Nickodem, CAT ON A HOT STEEL FLIGHT DECK Lisa Slabach, ENTER STAGE LEFT Romantic Elements Susan Bickford, SYNCHRONY’S…

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Marlene Contest Now Open to Entries!

As you know, I’m a member of the infamous WRW (Washington Romance Writers) group. (Yes, that’s the one of which Nora Roberts is also a member.) Every year, we hold a writing contest called the Marlenes. And it’s time for the 2012 Marlene contest! ******************************* Polish your manuscript and submit it for a chance to win!  The 3 finalists…

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