Friday, December 10, 2010

Ebook Winner!

Congratulations to Donna B, winner of the ebook giveaway! Thanks so much to everyone who signed up!

Monday, December 6, 2010


I'm co-sponsoring my daughter's giveaway of her ebook (novella), Only in Novels. To register, sign up with a comment below and also click on over to her blog The Paper Doll and sign up there, too, to double your chances of winning!
You must be signed up by midnight, December 9th (Thursday). The winner will be announced Friday, December 10th.

Friday, September 17, 2010


Storyboards are graphic organizers such as a series of illustrations or images displayed in sequence for the purpose of pre-visualizing a a motion picture, animation, motion graphic or interactive media sequence, including website interactivity~Wikipedia.

Storyboarding has long been used by writers in television, motion pictures, and advertising. Recently, it has become popular with novelists. Looking at pictures and arranging them in order, can organize the way that the writer thinks about their story. Some writers use storyboarding rather than outlining. It is a fun and visual way to tell your story.

I don't storyboard in the true sense of the word, but I do sometimes find and save pictures that I put on my bulletin board to inspire me for my writing. How about you~do you storyboard? If you do, is it an effective way to inspire your writing?

Monday, August 30, 2010

Inspirational Publishing

As of now, WhiteFire Publishing is open for submissions! This small press has been open since 2005. If you are not familiar with them, check out their submission guidelines. They publish both fiction and non-fiction, and will take un-agented queries.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

New From White Rose

My daughter's novella, Only In Novels, available at White Rose Publishing, debuts Friday, August 6. Here is a sneak peek!

Friday, July 30, 2010

The End

I love typing those two words. I never leave them in my manuscript, but I always type them. After all the hard work that goes into a project, it lends a certain closure~I have finally reached my goal, I did it! Oh sure, there's all that re-reading and editing to do. All that agonizing over what to leave and what to keep, all those extra words to weed-out. Despite all of that, it's still THE END!!
Do you type it out~or at least think THE END??

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Rejections and Writing

This is an older post from Suspense Novelist that explores rejection. It has some interesting points for all new writers, regardless of genre, as well as a couple of writing book recommendations.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Small Starts

If publishing a novel is your ultimate goal, then never give up. But you might consider the benefits of expanding your writing. I've recently started writing articles for Suite 101. I'm not a prolific article writer, but I do feel that it keeps me in a sort of writing routine.

I've also been submitting stories to Woman's World magazine for a couple of years. I was so happy that they accepted a mini-mystery in May, and now have my story, Moonlight Magic, as their romance for the July 19th issue.

Will I ever have a novel published? I hope so, but until then, I'll keep working on my writing skills and expanding my writing horizons.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Summer Reading

With these long hot summer days, there is nothing better than curling up with a good book and a glass of ice tea. I tend to be very eclectic in my reading. A few of my choices so far, include Dorothy L. Sayers Have His Carcase, A Little House Reader, and Sod-House Days: Letters from a Kansas Homesteader 1877-78, by Howard Ruede.

What are you reading this summer?

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Starting Off With A Bang

Right now the trend is start your first chapter off with a 'bang'~something to get the readers attention immediately and make them want to keep reading. After all, we do want them to keep reading.
If it is an adventure story, that's not so hard to do. But sometimes with a romance you have to do a little bit of mulling over the story to come up with something. Is this something that you struggle with?

Thursday, June 17, 2010


I made a post on my other blog about growing weeds in my flower/herb gardens. I'm more of a brown thumb person than green, so if a weed is attractive, I tend to keep it if it pops up among my flowers.

On the other hand, weeding out words in my work is a bit harder, as it must be done. Sometimes I really love a sentence that I've written. I become attached to it, it just has to be in there. But I know that it doesn't work with the WIP. There have been times that I've stubbornly left it in, only to go back and reluctantly delete it later.

My solution to this problem has been to open a document dedicated solely to sentences that I like, but don't work in the current WIP. This gives me a chance to review them periodically and see if they will work in another project. And it makes me feel better knowing they are still there, just waiting for the right novel.

Do you have trouble weeding out words?

Monday, May 17, 2010


Congratulations to all the Genesis finalists! And congratulations to everyone that took the time and effort to enter this year. I hope you received the results and comments that you wanted, or at least the something that you can learn from. Though I did not participate this year, I entered last year and found the judges comments to be very helpful.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Rainy Morning

After a two month break, I am starting to write again. I've had so much to do around the place, that I only wrote a few lines here and there.

I know that Amish books are extremely popular in the Christian writing world and I've noticed that vampires are also starting to be 'Christianized', so to speak. Still, I never expected to see the two together.

While I was surfing around the writing world, I was suprised to find this post.

I've never read a vampire book. On the other hand, I've read a lot of Amish books.

Do you think you will read this? I'd love to know why you answer yes or no.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010


Hi friends~I've been absent from this blog longer than I thought. Time really does fly! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas with your family and are ready to get back in the saddle for more writing in this beautiful new year.

My book that I had out has been rejected by the publisher. Again. I am getting used to it:) I will write on~and keep trying, keep learning.

I am happy to say that I get very few form letter rejections. The editors actually give advice to me--which gives me hope. One of the things that disappoints me most, though, is the fact that all the other things that they are publishing seem to 'break all the rules' that they've chastised me for doing. Especially the 'showing, not telling' rule. I know that it is something that I need to spend a lot of time working on.

Have any of you been studying the deep POV that the editors really want to see in stories right now? It is another element that I am struggling with. I'd love to hear from any of you that feel you have mastered it.