Lessons by the Foot

Someone mentioned the other day that I was taking the whole broken foot thing rather well. I had to stop and think that over. And I guess I feel very fortunate, really. I’m lucky in that I have good health care, for example. I’ve been through times when I didn’t, so I can certainly appreciate…

Help! Which Organizations Should I Join?

Writing is a solitary endeavor a lot of the time, which is why I find it important to have a critique group and attend conferences—basically, to be around other writers. We need that support, and honestly, I also enjoy giving that encouragement to others. This isn’t some recent thing. Writers have been gathering for centuries.…

Q&A and Review

Today I’m over at Eskie Mama answering a few questions about how I deal with writer’s block and what inspires me. Check it out and enter to win that $15 gift card! AND . . . I’ve received a lovely review of Brynnde on Nancy Fraser’s site. There’s another Q&A there, too, and yet more…

Foot Saga

So last December, I injured my right foot. It’s a stupid story; basically, I was coming in from taking out the trash, and I moved to block the cat from trying to get out the door, slipped on the threshold, and hurt my foot. It was evening, we propped my leg up and iced my…

World Building

My oldest son has taken to writing, and he’s been quizzing me on world building. Most of what I learned about the process came from the late, great Dr. Douglass Parker. I feel so fortunate to have been mentored by him. Anyway, taking a page from my parageography studies, I had told my son to…

WIPjoy #11

From a side character: what’s the most pain (physical or emotional) you’ve been in? George Fitzbert has volunteered to answer. He is Duncan’s best friend, if Duncan has such a thing; Duncan mostly keeps to himself, an awkward outsider in the world. So, George, what is the most pain you’ve been in? George: It’s rather…

WIPjoy #10

From the antagonist: happiest memory? Who is the antagonist in Faebourne? The whole Milne family? The brothers did abduct Duncan, after all. I guess that makes them antagonistic. All right then, we’ll ask Richard Milne first. Richard: I remember being happy as a child. I have not been happy since. Um . . . okay…

WIP Wednesday

Now that my three previous Sherlock Holmes stories have been tidily collated into a single volume, I started writing a new story, though from a decidedly different POV: Let me begin by saying I have no “domed head,” or however it was Dr. Watson described me. Nor am I particularly old—though older than Holmes, I…