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|Posted on August 26, 2015 at 11:21 AM||comments (0)|
Still editing...found "Where there abolitionists... and changed it to "were there abolitionists?" And my heroine was "week as a kitten." It's funny how much difference one letter can make, isn't it?
Sighing and SMH (shaking my head, my son taught me that),
|Posted on August 18, 2015 at 9:59 PM||comments (0)|
My new favorite book is How to be a Villain by Neil Zawacki. It's full of helpful hints, from where to locate your evil lair to hiring minions (always get them to sign liability waivers, it's a high-risk profession and insurance is outrageous) to dealing with sidekicks and animal companions.
"In the end, the most important part of being evil is feeling good about your bad self." Positive affirmation is important for bad guys, too.
I once wrote a story where the villain was so happily bad that I couldn't kill him off, even though a bunch of other characters were trying to snuff him out. He just kept popping back up, badder than ever and totally unrepentant. It's all right to fall in love with your stories, but you shouldn't fall in love with your bad guy.
Sigh. That story will never see the light of day. But maybe my baddie should have his own story...
|Posted on August 11, 2015 at 10:31 AM||comments (1)|
Did you read "Dilbert" this morning?
Dogbert-- "How's your novel coming along?"
Dilbert-- "I'm off to a slow start. All I did this week was stare at a blank screen and feel bad about my lack of talent."
Dogbert-- "Maybe try writing something."
Dilbert-- "I have to think that would make things worse."
Isn't that hilarious? I'm absolutely sure that none of us writers could possibly relate....
|Posted on March 24, 2015 at 12:46 PM||comments (1)|
I'm going to add some cool quotes at the beginning of Family Secret's chapters before I submit them again to agents. I don't know if it'll make any difference, but it's fun. Here's one:
"None are so fond of secrets as those who do not mean to keep them."
--Charles Caleb Colton
|Posted on February 24, 2015 at 12:31 PM||comments (0)|
I'm plotting my third murder mystery. I've got an old skeleton in the basement but I'm also considering a bloodbath including a newly-introduced leading character. Even as I write this I think I'll twine the old and new murders together in the plot line. The murders are unrelated but the timing is going to make them look connected.
Hmm. That gives me an idea on how to connect them, at least after the fact....
Thanks for the help!
|Posted on February 12, 2015 at 5:19 PM||comments (0)|
A friend just showed me a pen-and-ink drawing he made of a Taos Pueblo. It was really impressive. (I'm not an art critic but I thought it was terrific.)
Somehow we got started talking about perspective. In his art class, he said, his teacher tells them to stop working after an hour or two and step away from their work. They should walk across the room and study it from different distances and angles.
I think that translates to our writing, too. Give it some time and distance, look at it from a different perspective, be objective. Be honest. Critique yourself constructively and build on what's good.
Writers paint pictures with their words, not brushes, but our goal is the same: to make something beautiful.
|Posted on January 23, 2015 at 12:57 PM||comments (0)|
I've been brainstorming my next book and have lots of ideas. My first idea, a new paranormal, is intriguing but, at this point, has no middle or end. Just a beginning. Even I need a little more to go on.
My next idea was a third book in my mystery series. (Family Secrets and Skeletons in the Closet are books one and two, and they're still with agents.) My first idea was dark and scary, with three dead bodies in the first chapter. The heroine, who's already been pushed until she's ready to snap, would get kidnapped and buried alive in a coffin.
I think I'll go a different route. Instead of torturing her, I'm going to give her an opportunity to grow, to get out from under her family's thumb, and explore other options. She's going to have a new job and a new outlook.
Of course, since this is a murder mystery the bodies will still be falling...
|Posted on November 11, 2014 at 8:06 PM||comments (4)|
In The Cat Who... books by Carol Nelson Douglas her main character, Qwill, can write 1000 words on any subject at any time. Ironically, his articles are usually the most boring part of the book.
CND writes mysteries solved by Qwill's Siamese cats, Koko and YumYum. I always enjoy her stories, but sometimes she kills off characters that I like. Sometimes they don't solve the mystery in time to save the next victim. I don't like that, either.
Perhaps that explains my own issues when writing mysteries. Sometimes I get too attached to my characters to murder them off. One villain, in particular, was so delightful that he kept coming back. Although half of the cast of the book was trying to kill him, he refused to stay dead.
Maybe I should write the sequel. Someone might succeed in killing him in book two.
|Posted on October 30, 2014 at 9:02 PM||comments (0)|
A new sporting goods store opened just south of Denver and my husband and I checked it out with some friends. Thankfully, my husband doesn't drag home dead animals and hang them in the garage. When he hunts and gathers, it usually involves pizza or fried chicken.
The store is really cool, though. I was checking out the crossbows when the (very handsome) clerk came over to help me. "Are you shopping for your husband?" he asked me. Apparently I do not look like someone who goes crossbow-hunting. (Hey! That’s profiling AND it’s discrimination against the mountain-climbing-crossbow-toting impaired!)
The crossbows were surprisingly heavy. I had trouble getting it back on its hanging mount. I can't imagine lugging it up a mountain to try and shoot something. Of course, with my luck and skill, I'd probably shoot my own foot. I chickened out before I asked him which bow and bolts he'd recommend for hunting vampires.
And talk about expensive! You can spend a lot of money on these things. The bolts and specialized heads could easily run you $50 a shot, and the crossbow itself was about $700. Then you have to consider your hospital bills, time lost from work, the future surgeries to repair your foot, the antibiotics to fight the flesh-eating bacteria.... It's cheaper to stay home and kill yourself with pizza and fried chicken. Even better, I won't have to wait for the National Guard to pluck me off a mountain.
I think I'll keep my hunting fictional, thank you very much. BTW, does it have to be a wooden bolt to kill a vampire? These new ones are made out of carbon fiber...but wood is mostly carbon...maybe I'll just kinda gloss over that. oh oh oh--maybe I'll have custom bolts with individualized fletching so we can tell who shot which bolt. That's cool.
And all of you clerks out there—stop your hating. Just because I don’t look like someone who can drag a dead mountain goat down a sheer 5000-foot cliff doesn’t mean that I don’t need a crossbow. Forget about the zombie apocalypse—I have vampire hunters to equip.
For research purposes only, of course.