Critiques and Consultations and Queries, oh, my.

It’s been a long year, and I’m trying to find just the right kick in the butt to get myself going again. I think I’m back on track with the revision. I’m still looking for that moment with the rough draft I’m working on. I like the premise, but I still haven’t found the right

Changing Revisions Mid-Stream

Well, I’m finally taking the jump, and setting my current revision aside in favor of one I feel more drawn to. The new one has a little more weight to it. It’s a little less frivolous. At the moment, it’s also a lot shorter than the other. I suspect that I’ll track things down, once

IWSG: Risktaking in Writing

Am I a risk taker? I’m never sure what the answer to that question is in real life or in writing. The short version? I’m not a stupid risk taker. In real life, that means I like safety equipment. A lot. Something’s gotta catch me if I fall, right? My usual risk taking process is

Life With My Friends: A Sale, a Podcast, and a Blog Hop

So, here are a few things that are happening right now. The BIG news is that as a response to the pandemic, Holly’s Writing Classes has discounted everything for the first time, ever, ever, ever. And by EVER, I mean that I’ve been on the site for ten or twelve years, and I have NEVER

That Creeping Dread of Revision

I just printed out a manuscript for (yet another) read-through. I don’t know why, but for some reason, this is striking me as being a very big deal. I don’t expect this one to be a big project. After all, it’s already been revised. (Twice.) It’s not even like I haven’t sent it out before.

IWSG: How To Earn That Coveted Spot on a Government Watch List

The awesome co-hosts for the November 6 posting of the IWSG are Sadira Stone,Patricia Josephine,Lisa Buie-Collard,Erika Beebe, and C. Lee McKenzie! When I first started writing novels, they were thrillers. Somebody’s dead, somebody did it, and somebody’s going to be next, if somebody else doesn’t stop the killer. Back then, the research was probably creepier

StoryTime Blog Hop October 2019

Evening Dermott slammed the door and threw his school bag on the couch. He grumbled his way up the stairs without talking to anyone, and flopped down on the bed. “You have three sneakers on Mom’s duvet,” his little sister said from the hall. “They’re muddy.” Dermott shot a tongue of flame in her direction.

How NOT to Stay Awake at Odd Hours

I’m one of those unlucky shift workers whose day doesn’t really line up with much of anything. Wanna get up early before work and write? Well, that’s gonna mean about two in the morning. Wanna go out with friends? Ooopsy. That event doesn’t start until late. You know. Six or seven at night. But worst

Choosing Between Challenges

This April is the A-to-Z Challenge. And it’s also one of the sessions for Camp NaNoWriMo. A-to-Z is a blogging challenge, in which you blog all of the letters of the alphabet over the course of a month. Camp Nano is a… well, fairly open-ended challenge that spun off from National Novel Writing Month. Both

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