Category: Uncategorized

Halloween Pranks That Would (and Should) Get You Arrested Today

Halloween was a big deal in my childhood home, not so much because it meant candy—which we appreciated, of course—but because it meant Halloween pranks–tricks played on neighbors without getting into serious trouble with our parents. We’re not talking about

Posted in Uncategorized Tagged with: , ,

There Goes My Vacation . . . For The Next Ten Years

If you collect antiques–or anything, really–you probably remember the “one that got away”—that item you narrowly missed at auction or decided was too expensive for your budget at the time. Maybe it was Pete Rose’s autographed rookie card or a

Posted in Uncategorized Tagged with: , ,

April Fools’ Day

In my childhood home, there were four holidays worth celebrating: Christmas, Easter, Halloween, and April Fools’ Day. We looked forward to Christmas, Easter, and Halloween for obvious reasons. Presents and candy. Yippee! But, oh, April Fools’ Day. That was the

Posted in Uncategorized

When the Writing Mojo is a No Show

I photographed my flower bed today. That’s a pumpkin. From Halloween. Did I mention today is January 14th? It may interest you to know that the Christmas wreaths are still on the upstairs windows, too. What can I say? It’s

Posted in Uncategorized, Writing

What Should Writers Do Before Publication? Seasoned Authors Series

Today’s Seasoned Authors blog is geared toward those of you still aiming for your first contract. I’ll bet you think all you have to do is write a good book, right? How do I know that? Because it’s what I

Posted in Uncategorized Tagged with:

When Your Book Falls in Rank – Seasoned Authors Series

My debut novel shot out of the gates. I remember checking my rank on the hour, squealing with delight when the book moved up into the top 100 in several Amazon lists. That heady feeling became rather addictive, and it

Posted in Uncategorized Tagged with: , , ,

Could You Live In The Past?

My father was especially fond of painting scenes from the past. The unveiling of a new painting in our home was always magical, but it was the naming of the piece that I enjoyed most. We gathered for the task

Posted in Hands-On Research, Uncategorized Tagged with:

A Sneaky Peek

I’m happy to participate in another Sneak Peek Sunday, where writers share six paragraphs of their work. My snippet is from SCATTERED SEEDS, an as-yet-unsubmitted novel set in Colonial Pennsylvania at the outset of the French and Indian War. In

Posted in Uncategorized Tagged with:

The No-Stress Way To Create Your Story’s Logline

Do your eyes glaze over when someone asks what your book is about? This will help! Laura Drake is an expert at creating tag and log lines.

Posted in Uncategorized

Saying Goodbye

I have always had a hard time ending relationships, even destructive ones. If I met you in kindergarten, chances are you are still my friend. I’ve returned to the same job—and the same boss—four times. Heck, I even have lunch

Posted in Uncategorized
%d bloggers like this: