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Dec 142012
 

Dear Santa,

I’ve been a very good girl this year. Well, OK, maybe not that good, but I was nice more than I was naughty.  Even when I was naughty I was trying to be nice.  I’m sure HE thought I was nice (He had a funny way of showing it so I hope you’ve got Him on the naughty list).

Anyway, I know it’s probably a bit late and all that, but if you could, just maybe, bring me someone.  I’m not going to be picky about eye or hair color or anything like that.  Just make sure he’s really good.  Or at least nice more than naughty.  Better yet, make him naughty in the nice way.

Nov 302012
 

It’s November 30, the last day of NaNoWriMo. It was a wonderful run for me and my characters. We started out with a good lead, almost 3000 words on Nov 1. The characters were more than happy to talk to me, including Lord Tromadin – the bad guy slated to die at the end of the book – insisted that this story just couldn’t be told without his viewpoint. Turns out he had some interesting things to say throughout the book.

Nov 232012
 

 

It’s Black Friday – the national shopping holiday. I’m agoraphobic (afraid of crowds) and have never really liked the fact that the best prices were only had by braving the crowds and fighting your way through hundreds of people to get to the cashier. Then one year, desperate for the great prices and at my wits end, I came up with an idea.

Nov 022012
 

This weekend, as part of my personal noveling marathon, I will be joining 9 other WriMos (writers who participate in NaNoWriMo) in a writing retreat we like to call the Jump Start Weekend. It will be a weekend full of just writing, writing madly, and getting a tremendous word count right away at the beginning of the month while will are all still totally hyped about our novels. We are leaving our non-writing friends and families behind – because they are distractions from putting words on the page.

Oct 262012
 

In a way, getting characters to cooperate with an outline is like herding cats. Characters are independent minded people who have their own agendas that might not match up with the plot you have in mind. The trick is convincing them to do what you need them to do without making it looked forced. Just like cats are gorgeous creatures until you try to make them do something they don’t want to do – they they are all claws and teeth. I’ll tell you right now, you don’t want to be on the business end of a cat stare (they really can kill). Fighting with your characters has the same effect on your book.

Oct 192012
 

Alpha Male: The leader of the pack: the strongest, most virile.

The one who makes all the ladies swoon and wish that he would turn his attentions her way. At least that’s how he’s portrayed in fiction. So often, especially in the romance genre – but not exclusively – alpha males are romanticized. They are held up as the ideal that all men should aspire to if they want to “get the girl.” Even I will admit to enjoying a good story with an alpha male.

Oct 142012
 

We are still working on Character Interviews for my new novel that will be written as part of NaNoWriMoHero’s Call.

 

On the other hand, I don’t like going to temple. It’s time that could be spent in so many better ways rather than standing there waiting for my turn to ask the priests if the gods have revealed my cure yet. They never have. I’ve come to the conclusion that there isn’t a cure for me because I’m just fine the way that I am. They took my voice, but gave me the ability to see what is in people’s minds. I don’t care if the priests don’t see it that way.

Oct 072012
 

This excerpt is from a character interview of my next novel, “Hero’s Call”.

 

It’s a horrible thing to be aware from such an early age of what other people think. By the time that Mother started leaving me with Missy, I knew that the pain I felt was from Mother not wanting to leave me. Then there were the thoughts of pity from Missy and the others who knew who I was. I could handle that; it was love in a way. From the men who frequent Missy’s pub, I learned all kinds of things that most children never hear. Some people don’t even have the “pleasure” of knowing what some men think of children who can’t scream.

Sep 282012
 

Everyone has heard the old adage that “actions speak louder than words” but how many of us have actually taken the time to dig into the meaning of that phrase? It’s something that it just feels like it’s right. Well, it is. Just looking at the literal meaning of the phrase you can imagine plenty of examples where it is literally true.

Sep 232012
 

From “Welcome Home” a short still in progress:

 

They told us to travel and see what different regions hat to offer; we are all one world now. Then it was gone. All the oil that all those wars had been fought over was just gone. That’s the party line anyway: the wells were full and then they weren’t. That’s as much of a fairy tale as vampires and the boogey man. Whatever they said it all meant that we were stuck.

 

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