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20 year anniversary

20 years ago this week, I completed the first draft of my very first novel, Turning Point. This post is a reflection of that journey and what I learned about writing, editing, and publishing along the way. Draft I was inspired by fandom with a “what if?” question. What if the animosity between a pair … Continue reading 20 year anniversary

September Patreon peek

My September Patreon story is mostly finished. It has a working title “Taking Soule Responsibility” and cover art. Keep reading to read the story’s first page. Taking Soule Responsibility (page 1) Emmeline checked her appearance in the reflecting glass atop the chest of drawers in the corner of the large bedroom. Sunlight from the July … Continue reading September Patreon peek

Fantasy inspiration

Yesterday, I talked about my mantra for inspiration and writing: in order to write real life fiction, one has to live a real life. Today, I’m going to flip that completely. I’ve been trying for years to write a full-on urban fantasy paranormal story. There’s reality in it, but there’s fantastical elements too. Things that … Continue reading Fantasy inspiration

Inspiration

Life is very busy. There are to-do lists and daily chores. That’s everybody’s life. Then there’s the writer’s life. When I decided to make my work about words, I added to my to-do list things to do about making my income as a writer. If I want income that suggests this is me “making a … Continue reading Inspiration

August Patreon story

Here’s the audio and text teaser for the August Patreon story “Anne’s Birthday,” the third story featuring (pirate) Captain “Bloody” Mary Flint and her captive Lady Anne Coleridge. Now called the “Rouge Rogue” series (after Mary’s ship), there are three stories in the collection: The Queen’s Gift free PDF Caribbean Christmas and now, Anne’s Birthday … Continue reading August Patreon story

GCLS 2021

Golden Crown Literary Society, goldencrown.org, held their 2021 awards (“The Goldies”) virtually yesterday. The GCLS mission is “to increase the visibility and quality of literature that embraces and celebrates women loving women (WLW).” Review GCLS’s Twitter feed for the winners. These are books that were published in 2020. I have a few comments below about … Continue reading GCLS 2021

July’s special days

I often visit this page for a list of holidays and observances to brainstorm ideas to write about. There are the observances and holidays you’d expect. Then there’s “capture the sunset week” and other unusual recognitions. I have used these as inspiration to drop details into stories, or spark complete plots. July has several such … Continue reading July’s special days

Newsletter

If you read and visit this blog or my website regularly, thank you. If you’d like to keep up with what’s new, next, and happening across all my social media sites, consider subscribing to my monthly newsletter. One monthly post will be delivered direct to your email where you’ll find it all: quarterly free ebook … Continue reading Newsletter

Looking ahead

Thanks to my Patreon subscribers for a great chat! The July short story will be another in the series of shorts continuing to follow Brenna Lanigan and Cassidy Hyland (from my novels Turning Point and Turn for Home) as they travel to Ireland for a family vacation. If you haven’t yet met Brenna and Cassidy, … Continue reading Looking ahead

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