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The Specialists – Teaser Tuesday!

So last March, I took a “master class” by James Patterson. It was an online video thing through masterclass.com and, while I didn’t learn a whole lot of new things (or anything new, really, given the number of books I’ve read over the years), it did get me to thinking about style and whatnot. He … Continue reading

NaNoWriMo 2016 Round-up

December 1. The day to revisit NaNo and see what went right and what went wrong. Regardless of completing or not, the best thing about participating in NaNo was that it challenged me to come up with something completely new. I decided at the last minute that I didn’t want to work on my dark, … Continue reading

NaNo 2016 (National Novel Writing Month)

  Here we are again! The start of a brand new National Novel Writing Month! For those who don’t know, NaNoWriMo (http://nanowrimo.org/) takes place every November and you “win” by hitting the 50,000 word mark for your novel, even if that doesn’t complete the novel itself. There are writer forums of all kinds and it’s … Continue reading

On Writing – Going Dark

Most of my writing is pretty light-hearted. I’m an optimistic smartass by nature, so a good portion of my characters are, too. But even in the stories where you know things are going to turn out okay for both the world and the characters, sometimes you have to dig into darker emotions and situation. And … Continue reading

On Writing – Questions?

Super short post today! I’ve had this blog for a few years now and written a bunch of different posts on how/what I write. I was thinking about the next post and thought, “Hey, what if people have questions?” So here we go! Anyone have any questions? It can be about the mechanics of writing, … Continue reading

On Writing – Editing

I went back like 5 years to make sure I haven’t already done this post and, shockingly, I haven’t! How bizarre! How neglectful of me! (heh) By now, you’ve all seen me bitching and moaning when I have to edit. (I know this, because my tweets appear in the bottom corner of the webpage *points*) All … Continue reading

My First Writer Conference #WDC2016

You may remember that last month when a friend of mine hoodwinked me into a business planning session (if not, feel free to pause and read it). At the end of the afternoon, I decided that this year, I was going to focus on the business aspect of writing since I’ve  neglected that aspect so far. … Continue reading

Believe In Yourself – On Writing

I’ve been writing fiction since I was thirteen years old. Finished my first (no doubt very bad) fantasy novel when I was almost fifteen. I’ve known since I had to stop dancing that I was going to be a writer. It wasn’t a vague wish, it wasn’t a nebulous dream, it was, “I’m going to … Continue reading

Stay the Course aka… On Being Stubborn As Hell

I’ve got a lot of writer friends. A few have become successful enough to quit their day job and focus on writing. A lot more are still waiting for that ‘big break’ whether it’s a novel on the NYT Amazon Best Seller’s lists or a script sold to WBs or Spielberg. A couple are at … Continue reading

Teaser Tuesday – Burn It Down

Been a while since I shared any writing snippets with you so I thought I’d give you a peek at my latest and greatest! er… well, the one in progress anyhow. ;o) This is a teaser from Burn It Down: A Book Of Brothers, Vol. I. I’m about a third of the way through, but still anticipating to … Continue reading

Nancy at the Tim Burton exhibit in L.A.

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