WIPjoy #14

From a side character: what gives you joy in life? Michaels, Duncan’s valet, has volunteered to answer this one. Michaels: I enjoy being in town, where we can gossip and be on the inside of all society’s flow of information. Being in the country is so dull by comparison. I like to be where the…

Self-Publishing

This is not by any means meant to be a comprehensive list of how to self-publish. But someone sent me a message on Facebook asking for self-publishing guidance, and I wrote, well, a lot. Like, a really long answer. And it occurred to me that others might like this information, too. The important thing to…

WIP Wednesday

Haven’t done one of these in a while! Here’s a little bit more from Changers 2: The Great Divide Cee’s gaze traveled up Marcus’s form to the curve of his neck and the dark gloss of his curls in the sunlight. She couldn’t see his face, but the slight turn of his head showed her…

Writing Women

By which I mean, writing female characters. It’s an ongoing topic of discussion, the center of many a college course, debated and mused upon. We use the term “strong women,” usually interchangeably with “kick-ass heroine.” I don’t write kick-ass heroines, so I guess maybe I don’t write strong women, either. There are other ways to…

IWSG: Quitters

It’s time again for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Posts go up the first Wednesday of each month. Read more posts and/or join in here. Question of the Month: Did you ever say “I quit”? If so, what happened to make you come back to writing? I’ve quit multiple times. Or tried. Writing is an…

Last Stop for Brynnde

…And your last chance to enter to win that $15 gift card! Today I’m at Judy Thomas’ blog “Welcome to My World of Dreams” where I talk about which actors I enjoy and how I come up with my book titles. I hope you’ll drop by for a visit! And don’t forget that you can…

Bay Area Book Festival

Yesterday I had a table at the Bay Area Book Festival. It was only their third year of operation, and I think they may still be struggling with organizing themselves and figuring out what kind of festival they really want to be, but over all it was a good time. Well, except really windy. I…

(Not So) Famous First Lines

Really, just my first lines. Because I’m curious to see the progression of them over time. First lines are pretty important. They’re often referred to in writing as “the hook.” That is, they need to grab the reader. So I began to wonder: Do mine do that? The World Ends at Five and Other Stories…