Category: Things to Think About

Of “Dog Years” and Dating »

We writers often speak of “showing” a scene rather than “telling” the reader about it, and the concept makes sense to me. People tend to understand things more clearly when we allow them to visualize the images in their minds. Words in and of themselves are really just concrete representations of the images we’ve constructed [...]

It’s All in a Day’s Work »

  As you all know, when I write, I’m a pantser to the core.  I know my characters.  I know many things about the story.  But I don’t have a plan for how it will all work out.  The fun for me in writing their story is discovering the adventure with them. But in my [...]

How Bad Can That Boy Be? »

Renee posed a great question a couple Mondays ago and had us discussing the attributes of villains.  Can we make them truly evil or do we need to include some trait that humanizes them, that makes us relate to them in one way or another?  Even though some of you will disagree with me, I think a [...]

Question of the Week…Does this mean something?Dorchester GOING ALL DIGITAL…. »

When I heard the news on Friday morning, I didn’t believe it. Dorchester, I knew, had been struggling of late, but I didn’t realize they’d slow the presses and go all digital and print on demand. Well, that made me a little sad. It feels like books in their current form are slowly becoming obsolete. So, [...]

If You Had Two Minutes . . . »

  Picture this.  You’re standing alone in an elevator.  Dressed in your new red dress and your to-die-for red heels, you know you look HOT and your attitude screams, “Take a look at me!”  Even though the elevator music is set on “calm and soothing,” you can still feel the excitement bubbling all around you and you [...]

The Melody of Language »

  When I write, I hear in my head the words I’m putting on the page. I try to mimic the natural sound of dialogue—dropping endings when necessary, speaking in fragments, interjecting at just the right moment. All of these decisions, to me, have to do with the melody of language—the cadence. So many times [...]

Milestones »

Hard to believe, but I was married 39 years ago today.  That’s almost too scary to say out loud.  I find myself looking back, wondering where all the years went, what, if any, accomplishments I made during those years, and then wondering where I go from here.  Some would say I’ve reached a point in my [...]

Little Things »

Let me not to the marriage of true minds Admit impediments. Love is not love Which alters when it alteration finds, Or bends with the remover to remove: O, no! it is an ever-fixed mark, That looks on tempests and is never shaken; It is the star to every wandering bark, Whose worth’s unknown, although [...]

Nothing New Under the Sun »

How many times have I thought I had a brilliant idea for a book only to have the idea come to light somewhere else shortly after my epiphany? Well, several times, of that I am sure. I discovered William Wallace in an old encyclopedia and as I’m finishing my magazine article…BAM Mel Gibson announces that [...]

Writing the Waves of Emotion »

I intended to write a cheerful and uplifting post today but instead needed to share. Sorry in advance for the depressing content but there is a point if you make it to the end. My cat, Breen died yesterday; I had to make the decision to put him to sleep. I like that description – [...]

Memorial Day »

Memorial Day In honor of the soldiers who have given their lives for our country. And I’m proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m free, and I won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right to me and I’ll proudly stand next to him to defend her still today, [...]

Middle TennesSEA Meanderings »

(Click here for video) Opryland Hotel Flood Footage Unless you’ve had your head under a rock (and I’m sorry if you have!) you’ve probably heard that the many areas of Tennessee where hit hard by an unfathomable amount of rain.  The Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville was one of the victims of this massive storm. [...]

The REAL Thing »

  Last week, Laurie posted a blog called “Women Creating Men.”  On her blog and through our comments, we discussed how we go about determining the characteristics of the heroes we create for our heroines.  Romance heroes, even flawed ones, are drawn so they connect with the reader.  In any given book, a reader can [...]

A lyrical note »

Lately it seems as though no matter what radio station I tune to, I can’t escape the phenomenon of Lady Gaga. She and her songs are everywhere I turn, and I’ve heard each of her hits so many times (each with catchy repetitive tunes and lyrics), I can’t help but hum along in spite of [...]

A Confession »

As writers, we hear different types of advice all the time. The most common is “write what you know.”  But I know I’ve asked the question and many of you have probably done the same.   I’ve never been to the moon, to center of the Earth, to the 19th century, to a viking castle, to [...]