Keeping Track of Writing Time

I’m sorry I missed last week’s blog, but a call from my brother-in-law had us hurrying to close up the place in Florida and head north. We didn’t make it in time to see my mother-in-law before she passed, but we did make the visitation and funeral. Now that the … Continue reading

Just Do It!

Do you have something you’d really like to accomplish? Some place to visit? A certain book to write? A painting to paint? Person to see again? Skill to learn? This past year has really pointed out to me how important it is for a person to—as the Nike slogan says—Just … Continue reading

The Holidays and Writing

I don’t know about others, but I’ve always found December to be a difficult time to be a writer. Holiday parties, luncheons, dinners, and family gatherings can mess up a writing schedule. There’s gift buying, cards to be written, mailed, received, and read. When my children were young, my writing … Continue reading

Social Media Burnout

On one of the on-line groups I belong to the discussion has been about blogs (Are they worth the time and effort? Do they help sales?), and commenting on blogs. (Are you being rude if you don’t comment or does it matter?) The topic has also included other social media … Continue reading

Y is for Youth

Okay, I’m getting old. That or they’re starting to hire news reporters, financial advisors, and doctors straight out of grammar school. I don’t think of myself as old, but whenever I look in the mirror, there’s this old lady who reminds me of my mother who keeps looking back at … Continue reading

X is for …?

What can I come up with for X? X-ray, Xanadu, X chromosome, xebec (that’s a 3-masted sailing ship), xylem, Xena… My dictionary devotes barely a page and a third to X words. I have some Xanax in my medicine closet. I use it occasionally to help me sleep when ideas start bouncing … Continue reading

W is for Walking

I’m not a person who enjoys participating in sports. I loved riding horses, but I no longer do that. To simply exercise doesn’t excite me, though I do like yoga. Swimming is okay, but I mostly tread water nowadays. And even though I like the idea of water aerobics, the … Continue reading

V is for Valleys

I, and most writers, suffer a form of manic/depressive. When we have a new idea buzzing in our heads, we’re euphroic, positive thinkers, and  have high energy. Be a finalist in a contest, or better yet, a winner, and we’re on cloud 9. Have an agent tell us we’re wonderful … Continue reading

S is for Seventy

My protagonist in A Killer Past is a seventy-four-year-old woman. Mary Harrington is a widow and a grandmother, but she’s not someone who sits on the sidelines, knitting and letting others take action. She’s typical of a vast number of women (and men) in their seventies, myself included, I hope. … Continue reading

L is for Love

When I started writing I had no idea I would be writing romances, aka Love Stories. I had never read what was known back then as romances, books published by Mills and Boon, Avalon, Harlequin. I did like happy endings to stories, and I did enjoy the romance that was … Continue reading

I is for Individuality

I wish I’d written the Harry Potter books. I’d love to have the money J.K. Rowlings makes as well as the fame she’s achieved. I wish I could produce books as fast as James Patterson does. I wish patrons lined up around the block to buy my books, that my books were … Continue reading

F is for Fear

I’m constantly amazed when I hear writers whom I consider highly successful express their fears. Fear that they’ll never write another book as great as the one that won an award, or made the NY Times list, or just sold a million/trillion copies. Fear that they’ll be dropped by their … Continue reading

How Do I Get Organized?

 I’m considered by most to be a Type-A personality, anal retentive, and organized. Well, not organized in the sense of being neat and tidy, but when my husband wants information about the cars, his boat, a bank account, etc., I have a file for it and I know where the … Continue reading

Before the First Word is Written

What many readers and new writers don’t realize is how many decisions are made before that first word is written. 1. Who is the main character (MC)? I may have a vague idea about the character, but soon I need to “get to know” this person. a. Name, sex, age, … Continue reading

Life Interferes–or does it?

Most of the writers I know have day jobs as well as their writing, and/or have families to care for (some with youngsters/some with elder parents or ailing partners). Writing time is limited: before work, lunch hours, late at night. When anything disrupts that schedule—when life interferes—it’s frustrating. It’s certainly happened … Continue reading

Formatting

First, I’d like to mention that my first P.J. Benson mystery, The Crows, is being featured on Pamela Thibodeaux website this coming Saturday, January 10th. http://pamswildroseblog.blogspot I’d love it if you’d stop by and make a comment. Now, onto my weekly (first one in 2015) blog. I am once again … Continue reading