The Writing Series: Words

Isn’t the word, word such a weird word? I have to start with that because I keep thinking that word as I think about what to write about wordcount. Word is a weird word. Right, now, my story is at 103,000 words. It’s too long and I’m too tired of it to try to cutContinue reading “The Writing Series: Words”

Yes, There’s More

I’ll be honest I thought by now I’d have caught up. Should have done the math. I think this will take me through to the new year which is good because time is short right now. It will be a good way to start the year by writing some new one. Until then, I repurpose.Continue reading “Yes, There’s More”

The Writing Series: Amazon

I’ve always used Smashwords to publish. I know they have a reputation as being the ‘randy’ publisher. I write some randy stories so that never bothered me. What I love most about them is they reach everyone…except Amazon. I tried to use Amazon at first, way back when, but between my content and their AppleContinue reading “The Writing Series: Amazon”

The Writing Series: Like a Band-Aid

Well I’ve read and re-read this story. My professional editing reality didn’t work out as well as I hoped and I’m not going to spend any more money on this WIP. It’s time. But for the life of me I’m so insecure about sending it out into the world. I keep pushing it off. IContinue reading “The Writing Series: Like a Band-Aid”

V.S.S.

6/15/20 Today the walls on either side of my office #carrel consist of dense blooming trees hiding patches of wildflowers and slippery moss. An open view lays in front of me to the azure heavens. Shall I tell you a secret? I may never go back. #vss365 6/14/20 I gave you my life My love,Continue reading “V.S.S.”

The Writing Series: On a Serious Sex Note

My first romance novels were Kathleen Woodiwiss. I found them in my mom’s bedroom and stealth read them when she wasn’t around. I still love them but there’s a hard truth to her writing that quite a few of her romances started with a rape scene. They’re also pretty damn racist but hey if you’reContinue reading “The Writing Series: On a Serious Sex Note”

The Writing Series: Plotting Part Deux

So I’m trying to plot something. I’ve never done this before and it’s not going well. I started with a flowchart and that didn’t work. Then switched to paper. It’s better but confusing. I’m watching Judy Blume’s Master Class right now. She uses notebooks. I feel like I need something more visual than a bunchContinue reading “The Writing Series: Plotting Part Deux”

Once Upon a Vss

6/9/20 There it was rising, blooming, bubbling, gurgling, popping, churning, fizzing, thunderstriking, unflinching, overwhelming, exhilarating, demanding, possessing, expecting, intoxicating, knowing, gentling, uncompromising, breathtaking, notwithstanding #effervescent joy #vss365 6/8/20 And there was a #languor about the drooping branches, a giggling brook in the shadows. Voices whispered this way, this way before it’s too late, leaving speckledContinue reading “Once Upon a Vss”

Writing Series: Chapter 1

There are those writers who map out to the paragraph how the book will play out. They plot and outline and carve chapters. I’m not one of them. As I’ve said, most of my books have been fly by the seat of my pants. That cavalier attitude has worked out sometimes and not so muchContinue reading “Writing Series: Chapter 1”

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?”