ROW80 challenge and props to Shannon Hale

I discovered the ROW80 challenge about five minutes ago through Twitter (#ROW80). Just what I need to up the ante in my writing. I’ve been doing well at writing 1,000 words a day in my morning writing hour (two hours, if I’m Read more…


Self-publishing: vain or amazing?

The publishing world is afflicted with all sorts of upheaval right now, with publishers and booksellers trying to figure out how to deal with e-books and self-publishing. I think self-publishing is amazing. It gives us readers a whole new world Read more…


Be so good they can’t ignore you.

This post, reviewing Steve Martin’s autobiography, made me think. While I’m not a fan of Steve Martin, what he said rings true: “Be so good they can’t ignore you.” Being good, according to Steve Martin, incorporates two things: narrow focus and Read more…


10,000 words!

It’s a new record: I wrote 10,000 words in one day!  Yesterday was my “day off”–my husband took care of the kids and I got to do whatever I wanted. So I wrote. When I write in the mornings, I Read more…


1,000 words a day

I’ve been waking up early–around 5:30 each morning–and writing. By the time the kids are demanding me, I’ve written about 1,000 words. The last two days, I’ve found enough snippets of time to nearly double that. The more I write, Read more…


One Year

One year from now, I will have a completed book. I’m focusing on the code-named “French Hotel” story. I have nearly 40,000 words down, but most of it is, of course, useless. The most important thing is that I have Read more…


The Writing Creed

There are certain types of books I do not want to write. A certain type of author I do not want to be. So far, my writing creed: 1. I do not write romances. Romantic elements are okay, but they Read more…


World Domination via Writing

This is my goal: Write one book per year. No book signings, but I do book events where TEACH people someting. E.g., if a book has lots of swordfighting, clear a couple parking spots at Barnes & Noble and teach Read more…


Copycat: write like a pro by imitating the masters

Writing is an essential skill for life, for college prep, and for your life right now. Plus, it’s fun. Or it can be if it’s not just for a bunch of lame homework assignments. Writing is exciting because the more Read more…


What was I thinking??!!

Just got a response from a query letter I sent a while ago.. had to be at least a month or two. They’re interested in my article: ancient history and science fiction. What was I thinking? I have no idea. Read more…