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I am a romance writer. That's not easy to say. Most people have preconceived notions about romances, and the people who write them. Let me tell you! Writing isn't for sissies. I got my first rejection in April 2004. That makes me a professional. In what other field are you considered a "professional" when you don't get called back for a second interview?
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Works in Progress
The Husband Checklist
Professor Kennedy's Ghost
The Baby Contract
Almost On My Own
The Stone City
Daddy's Little Girls
The Dog Next Door
New job, new attitude, new WIP
Finished at last!
Out of print, but not out of circulation!
Grace Tyler: Why I love animals
What I've Learned
Precious little angel
Kissed any frogs lately?
A great read!
Big news! My paperback is now available directly ...
What a flattering review!
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Back in the "saddle"
My baby's asleep, so it's time to WRITE!!!
I've already done the checkbook, so no more procrastinating. Update later.
** It's been two weeks since I opened the document. It doesn't suck as badly as I remembered. I tend to think the whole thing needs to be chucked about every time I review my work in progress.
He's not Fabio
For a laugh, take a look. This guy's not Fabio. He can write.
'Tis the season
The Holiday Season. Such a joy, when one gets past the stress of the hustle and bustle. The best part is the wonder holidays hold for the kiddies. My 11 and 7 yo are pretty focused on presents now. But look at my 1 yo's expression as she discovers the Christmas tree.
And some pictures of our tree for your enjoyment:
I'm allowing myself exactly ten minutes to create this post before I turn off the internet. Really. The baby's sleeping and I don't have to be at school to volunteer at my son's class for an hour. Perfect writing time. Or dishes, whichever I make myself do.
Breaking up is hard to do. Whether it's a story or a love affair gone wrong, it's a tough decision to make.
I intended to finish the last 10,000 words of a novel which has already been rejected. Purpose? To get my PRO status with RWA. Must have proof of submission (copy of the Rejection) to an RWA-recognized publisher and a complete, full length manuscript. So I was going to blunder through those last 10,000 words and submit for PRO.
Why? Lots of benefits to PRO status within RWA. They have extra programs for PRO and PAN (those pubbed with RWA publishers), and I thought I'd like to take advantage. Plus there's that nifty little pin too. Remind anyone else of a sorority?
So. I consulted with a writing friend who actually makes her living doing writing related stuff. Books, editing, whatever comes her way and fits her skills. I admire the commitment to her craft and talent more than she'll ever know.
I tell her I have this book languishing and I'd like some advice. Would she finish it, especially if she knew it had fatal flaws? The answer was no. Why? Because it's not a story. It's not fun. It's a product. If it's not saleable (and we already know that from the R), then we create a new product.
Was anything salvageable? My core idea, and that's about it. Some pretty writing here and there may make it into the new book, but I don't know at this point. All I know is, I've written more on it since making the decision to throw out the flawed product and begin again than I had during all the months since I set the goal of getting my pin.
I don't need the pin. I need to get published. That's what I live for. That's the recognition that counts.
What Kind of Writer Should You Be?
|You Should Be a Joke Writer|
You're totally hilarious, and you can find the humor in any situation.
Whether you're spouting off zingers, comebacks, or jokes about life...
You usually can keep a crowd laughing, and you have plenty of material.
You have the makings of a great comedian - or comedic writer.
This is freaking hilarious, considering a comedic writer just advised me to "rein in my gift" for the time being. It seems I'm not quite as funny as I think I am.
December has arrived!
And with it, the stresses and joys of the holiday season. I don't need to elucidate (practicing vocabulary, see previous post) the stresses, so I'd like to share a joy of the season--the presents I'm most looking forward to giving.
Having gone Christmas shopping exactly two times so far this year and having come home an angry wreck, I am shopping online. My favorite! So long as the items arrive on time.
I ordered DD an Eragon game for her GameBoy. I'm really excited to try that one out myself! And I ordered MIL a fruitcake. I'm very excited about that too, because she asks for fruitcake year round, and I don't bake. Nor would I bake a yicky old fruitcake if I did bake. I ordered one online! Hope it's not a brick when it arrives.
What are YOU excited about giving or receiving this year? I have a writer friend who is getting a laptop. Woo hoo! Paper, printer, pens, what do you like?