NaNo is here!! NaNo is here!! Yay!!

Limited time for blogging folks. It’s November 1st and NaNoWriMo is on!! Whoo hoo!!

For those of you who don’t know what it is, it is National Novel Writing Month. Yes, you have the 30 days of November to complete your 50,000 word novel. Check out the web site NaNoWriMo.org and join in. It’s a blast! (I’ll do my best to keep you updated as the month continues.) Maybe I’ll see you at a write in. Wish me luck!!

Good Mojo Monday!!

weekly-calendar-1-copyBecause writing is hard and the successes few and far between, I am going to use Mondays to encourage and celebrate the success of fellow writers.

Today I would like to give a shout out to my friend Louise Allan, who has secured a publisher for her manuscript.  Yay!  Visit Louise’s facebook page to read all about it.   Louise is also contributing an essay to the anthology “Writing the Dream” which will be published in November.  You can read all about it here on Louise’s blog.

I would also like to say congratulations to my friend and fellow writing group member, Bennett  North, who has recently had a short story published in “Fantasy & Science Fiction Magazine”.

Check it ooouutt!!

Here’s a quick link to Amazon.

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Let’s all keep the good mojo flowing!

 

Hearts of Sand

By Jane Haddam

Lately, I seem to have a knack of picking books that img_0082don’t satisfy me.

My last few reviews have been all over the place. Maybe it’s me. (deep sigh) This book is a mystery. The main character is an  ex-FBI profiler named Gregor Demarkian. He is called in as a consultant on hard to solve cases. Jane Haddam has written a whole series of books with this character. Each novel is a stand alone however characters from the books appear in each novel. Continue reading

If you’re a writer, you better read “Romance”

image     Don’t sigh and roll your eyes. I’m serious. The romance genre gets a bad rap. Want to write stronger emotional scenes? Read romance. Want to understand body language like it’s nobody’s business? Read romance. Want to master emotional nuance? Read romance. Want to build a strong emotional vocabulary? Read Romance

Romance novels are chock full of emotional conflict, and we know that these emotional conflicts stem from the beliefs that the characters hold. (Sound familiar?) Continue reading