The Writing Series: This Was Edited?

We’ve all been there. Reading a book and in your novice, unrecognized, author genius you’re thinking – ‘this was edited?’. More so ‘this got published?’. It’s particularly egregious in my home genre of Romance. I’ve read plenty romance novels thinking WTH?! I know it’s romance and the bar is low but good god, we canContinue reading “The Writing Series: This Was Edited?”

The Writing Series: En Inglés Por Favor

I learned how to write cockney for this book. I was pretty proud of myself. I don’t know why. This is how I waste time sometimes, teaching myself a new dialect. I say it was a waste of time because one of the first things my editor said was get rid of it. Well, getContinue reading “The Writing Series: En Inglés Por Favor”

Still VSSing

The Vss’ continue… 6/6/20 The summer breeze blew in by night dimming the shine of day’s fake light Loaded words like humming birds, scattered #buckshot at innocent herds A quickening, burning, no more relenting, a new  beginning #sijo #vss365 6/6/20 Pastel #hydrangea, cedar shingled homes, proper in their order, not a hair out of place,Continue reading “Still VSSing”

Spice It Up

I’ve been away the past few weekends and last weekend had the pleasure of a rather delicious cocktail. So armed with the recipe from the bartender my mixologist is going to tackle making a few. It calls for a spiced simple syrup so I thought I’d show you how to make that. You need whole:Continue reading “Spice It Up”

Flawed

I wrote a short novella/novel not long ago called Dawn Patrol. It was a beach read set at the beach with a group of characters that like doing a favorite activity of mine, surfing. I had the heroine speak with a stutter, The Kings Speech style stutter, where it’s less about letters and more aboutContinue reading “Flawed”

Trick or Treat

My oldest went out with friends to buy their costume for Halloween tonight. Give me a sec to cry big fat ugly cry tears over that. That was my tradition, rather our tradition. This child loves Halloween and dress up. They are a star at our local conservatory. Every year we’d make an afternoon ofContinue reading “Trick or Treat”

The Writing Series: NSFW

Ok, now, let’s get down to the nitty gritty. Sex. Rather, sex scenes. You’re warned if you’re feint of heart. Stop now. Click out. Hmm, let me start by saying most of mine hover in the PG-13 area. I have a few R/NC-17. I don’t think I have any X rated ones. Truth is onceContinue reading “The Writing Series: NSFW”

Writing Series: You the Man

Often my male leads exist in response to my female leads. They aren’t empty vessels but they are easy targets for my women. It’s easy for me to see who my female lead should end up with and then create that man in response to her. This time the path wasn’t as clear because myContinue reading “Writing Series: You the Man”

Alone

Now if you listen closelyI’ll tell you what I knowStorm clouds are gatheringThe wind is gonna blowThe race of man is sufferingAnd I can hear the moan, ‘Cause nobody,But nobodyCan make it out here alone. Nostalgia always makes me seek out what triggered the emotion. I hadn’t read much of her before I saw PoeticContinue reading “Alone”