A Writer’s “Original” Ideas

Posted Mar 7 2018 in , , ,

I saw a tweet last week that fascinated me. This is rare. Twitter is not my happy place. But…this tweet came from a literary agent who posted about “original” ideas. Crazy. Fantastic! I hope she does this every month. Here are few examples of “original” ideas writers asked her to search and the number of […]

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Coping With Those Pesky, Little First World Problems

Posted Feb 7 2018 in , , ,

If you’re reading this blog, you’ve got first world problems. (People with third world problems don’t have computers…or electricity.) Sometimes we get so caught up in these problems, our worlds shrink to the size of a pin head. We forget to see the big picture. Believe me, I know. Now, I realize there are problems […]

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4 1/2 Things I’ve Learned From My (Unpublished) First Novel

Posted Jan 17 2018 in , , , ,

  Two weeks ago I laid bare all the gory details of my year querying agents. This week, after a lovely lunch with my writing tribe, I’m taking a closer look at my first novel. And I’m realizing Book One can teach you quite a bit. Mine has taught me plenty. All related to sayings I’ve […]

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The Roles We Play

Posted Dec 6 2017 in , , ,

Something I heard while traveling recently has been rattling around in my brain. I bet I’ve heard it thousands of times throughout my life. But this time when I heard it, it stuck with me. It was part of the safety message delivered by the (ignored) flight attendant on the packed airplane I flew home […]

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Strength In Numbers

Posted Sep 6 2017 in , , , , , ,

Strength in numbers. This is a phrase I go back to often. Not because it’s a 38 Special album (although that album does bring back some fun high school memories- think T-tops, shoulder pads, and Aqua Net hairspray.) No, I think of it because I’ve seen it time and again in life and in writing. […]

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Hollywood’s Yes is a Novel’s No

Posted Jun 14 2017 in , , , , , ,

I saw the movie Wonder Woman last week and have to say…it was pretty good. Not the best movie I’ve ever seen but highly entertaining. I even suspended reality enough to accept the costume and slo-mo fight scenes. Probably because most of the movie was set in WWI Europe (one of my favorite time periods […]

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Writing and Querying and Publishing, oh my

Posted Jun 9 2017 in , , , , , ,

What the hell am I doing?  That about sums up how I feel after only three months of querying literary agents. This is definitely not a good sign. Somehow I’m both tenacious and impatient! Anyway, here are the stats so far: I’ve sent out about 65 queries. I’ve gotten plenty of no’s and, thankfully, several […]

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Just say it: “I’m a writer”

Posted Apr 26 2017 in , , ,

When people used to ask me “So what do you do?” I’d answer, “I’m just a stay-at-home mom.” Are you cringing yet? I am. “Just” has no room in that answer…ever. Looking back, now that my girls are about to fly from the nest, I realize how fortunate I am to have had that title. But that […]

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Ah, The Sweet Smell of…Rejection

Posted Apr 5 2017 in , , ,

Let’s all take a minute to appreciate rejection. Actually, I may need more than a minute. That first euphoric query “send” high has worn off – well, that didn’t take long! And now I’m in the second ring of Dante’s (query) Hell…rejections! I had a week off last week – no blog, no writing, no […]

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