The Old Days

I came across a screen shot of my very first website. Yep. I designed it myself with SiteSpinner. A cool little software program that helps those unfamiliar with coding. It was WYSIWYG type and I used it for years. If you can read some of the small print, you will see I was a romantic [...]

Only Takes a Smile

Only Takes a Smile

In May, I moved out of my house of 25 years and into a new home and new neighborhood. I love it, nice quiet area on a dead-end street. So different from the busy street I used to live on with only two neighbors (one on each side). Now, nearly every weekday when I leave [...]

Newly Designed Website

How do you like my newly designed website? I should've been writing but the way my website looked after changing it about a month ago really bugged me. So I worked on it all afternoon until 2:30 a.m. in the morning. I think I finally got it right and love it. What do you think? [...]

T-Shirts Are Not For All Occasions

First remember, my blog, my opinion. I can't tell you what to do. I can only tell my family. HA! And no, I'm not about to talk about hockey. I just want to first show you I do wear (what I consider) unfeminine clothing on occasion. That includes T-shirts. For years, I had only two [...]

In The Fast Food Lane

In The Fast Food Lane

Like many Americans I love to eat fast food and most times, I enjoy walking in and taking it easy before heading back to the day job. One thing I noticed is all fast food places have skinny parking places. Really? What are they trying to do? Keep us from coming inside? Make us use [...]

Divorce and Fancy Towels

Over the years, I've read many romances where the heroine or hero had children with a divorced (or never married) spouse. I find it all interesting to see how younger authors handle the situation. It appears to be one extreme to the other. The parents get along like old distant friends to pure hate for [...]

Stories from Dark to Light

Stories from Dark to Light

Readers are really benefiting from all of the independent publishing. You like dark romance, you have your choice of how dark. Want a romantic comedy? Yep, you bet your sweet bippy they're out there. How about erotica? What type? BDSM? Of course, sir. Age play? Yes, Papa. Have a fetish? There's a book out there [...]

The Beast Inside

I'm screaming inside right now. That's what happens when you hear news you don't want. As a reasonable human being with manners, you know you should never scare the people around you. You should grin and bear it. Never let people see you cry or be upset. Otherwise, you'll have to explain what happened. When [...]

What Did You Say?

So you're planning to speak to a group of writers. Most guest speakers will give a little spiel about themselves.  All good. Be sure to tell the things that have relevance to what you're going to talk about. Sure, you can include a short little story about that time you climbed a mountain, but make [...]

Researching Mundane Words

The things you learn when you double check something you've never really thought about such as the difference between button-down and button-up shirts. I've always called a dress shirt (besides dress shirt) a button-up shirt. Well, it turns out that's wrong. A button-down shirt includes the button on each collar to hold it in place [...]

Enough is Enough

[Reprint of post from Romance Magicians' blog May 29, 2011] This still applies and maybe will help others to understand the need to continue and be dedicated in becoming published with a traditional publisher or in finishing a novel and becoming self-published.   When is enough enough? I’ve thought about this a lot the last [...]

The Emerald City

Being a published author is like being Dorthy going to the Emerald City. You want to get to that beautiful, magical place of where your wonderful story will be presented to the world. But you have to go through trials and detours. Scary things like flying monkeys trying to hold you back and witches trying [...]

Ten Things I Hate About Writing

If you follow me here or on Facebook, you know that I love lists. This is one I did at the Romance Magicians' blog back on August 14, 2009. 10. I hate how I have to wait months and months (I'm a slow writer) before I can find out how my own book ends. 9. I [...]

How Do You Know You’re A Writer?

You know you’re a writer when…. 10. You have a reputation at your day job of being a workaholic. What other reason would you grumble and talk to yourself as you type on your computer during lunch? 9. You write your child’s excuse for an absence and the teacher begs for the last three chapters. [...]