Monthly Archives: July 2009

Genre Journey

1. What genre(s)  did you begin your writing journey in?

2. What genre(s) do you write now?

3. What genre(s) would you like to/plan to write in the future?

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Thursday 13: Sites I visit

Is it time for the kids to go back to school yet?  My productivity this summer has been squat.  Still, I try to have a morning rouotine. These are some places I surf to everyday.

13) Inez Kelley – yeah, I start with my own webpage, checking stats and making sure gremlins didn’t descend in the night.

12) EMAIL ACCOUNTS – I check them a few times a day but like to start out with an empty inbox

11) Romancing the Blog – for some reason, their side blogroll disappeared. This used to be my launching point of the day.

10) Bookends LLC – an agent who is mostly industry talk

9) Facebook – I hate it and yet there I am *sigh*

8 ) Dear Author – industry review and news

7) SmartBitches – nobody does snark like the bitches

6) Twinshock – a parenting board with other bitches

5) CNN – I have to pretend I knowwhat isgoing on in the world

4) Amazon – top sellers, stats, etc

3) Youtube – research, it is pure research. *cough*

2) Writer Beware – warning, Will Robison, danger

1) Romance Divas – DUH!!

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Baby, It’s HOT Outside!

My part of the world is experiencing an unprecedented heat wave. It was 105 yesterday, and today the mercury is supposed to go even higher. Here. In the Pacific Northwest. Where a REALLY hot day is usually in the low 90s.

Excuse me while I wilt.

My muse is fanning herself and I’m hiding in the darkest, coolest corner I can find. Since my brain is fried mush, I’m going to treat you to a display of critters who ENJOY the heat.

Meet my weyr of dragons:
deblogan's Dragons

Click on the image to see them up close and personal *lol*

Until next week…Stay cool. Stay hydrated. And stay happy!

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If You Could…

pick any book (not one you’ve written) to be made into a movie, which book would you pick?

Bonus question:  Who would you cast in the lead roles?

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Writerly Round-Up: Revision

I’ve been cruising the blog-o-sphere for tips on revision. After all, one can never have too many tools in the toolbox when a challenging rewrite comes your way.

Here are a few of the articles I’ve gleaned:

Well, that’s it for Revision Round-Up. If you’ve found other tools in other posts, please tell me about them in the comments. As I said at the beginning, you can never have too many tools in reserve.

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Thursday 13: Words that make me smile

No reason except they do. I hope one makes you smile. And tell me one that does if it is not here!

13- facetious

12- fricassee

11- sassafras

10- doppelganger

9- taint

8- smegma

7- squeegee

6- caddywampus

5- kumquat

4- spork

3- bamboozle

2- onomatopoeia

1- buttcrack – it is too one word!

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The Week in Review

I’ve had a seriously exciting week. Please join me for a retrospective…

First, you should know that I’m recovering from the flu so my energy has been low recently. Afternoon naps have been the order of the day for the last week or so *sigh*

Alrighty! On Sunday, I met a former Romance Divas mentee in the flesh and agreed to a renewed writing relationship. Wow! How cool is that? Someone who has felt the sting of my critique whip has voluntarily returned for more. I think I’m the winner in this encounter. Gwen is an awesome reviewer and brings those skills to her critiques. We’re going to be a productive team.

Next up, I was approached by a local writing group about speaking at one of their monthly gatherings. Whoa! Me? Speaking publicly on the craft of writing? Like someone thinks I know enough to inform others? I’m blown away…and VERY excited! I met the chairwoman yesterday afternoon and we had a delightful conversation. I’ll be presenting to the group in October on the subject of world building *squeee*

And then there were my Adventures in Nursery Land *happy sigh* As you may know, I’m a proud mother of twins. Mine are grown and flown, but one of the members of my weekly writing group is expecting her first child next month. Actually, she’s expecting her first children: identical twin girls! On Saturday, I joined three other members of our writing group at Mom-to-be’s home where we proceeded to empty the nursery, prepare it (removing doors / hardware, masking, protecting floors, etc.), paint it, paint baby furniture, and reassemble the room. Whew! Long, exhausting day, but excellently worthwhile labor. The twins now have a freshly painted room, all done in their mom’s excellent color scheme.

Since the day was spent in the company of writers, even Adventures in Nursery Land counts as writing related, doncha think?

AND to top it all off, I won a signed copy of AMAZON INK from Lori Devoti. Lori recently presented a fabulous workshop on dialogue at Romance Divas, so I was thrilled to be able to read one of her books. WOW! Let me repeat that backwards, “!WOW” Seriously AWESOME book. If you haven’t read it and you enjoy urban fantasy, put it at the top of your TBR pile! AMAZING story line that kept me guessing right to the end…which leaves the characters open to a sequel which I’m praying is coming SOON. WOW!

Okay. That’s it for my week. How was yours?

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