The Vampire Freyja

I hesitate to post this because it’s purposely written in a rather disjointed fashion. However, we were discussing Viking settlements in America on the Books and Writers Literary Forum and I mentioned the saga of Freydís Eiríksdóttir, whom this is loosely based on. Someone there asked to see the story I’d written about her. This…

Janet Reid

I don’t normally blog about agents, editors, and querying, but it’s the end of the year and I’ve been doing a lot of thinking. Janet Reid recently urged writers to clean up their web presence, fix broken links on their sites, polish their bios, and various other things to present a professional image. Learn how…

A Woman Scorned

A Woman Scorned

Grandpa Jacob thumped the Meerschaum pipe against his boot heel, knocking the ashes out of it onto the worn wooden porch. He pulled a leather tobacco pouch out and carefully tamped a fresh load into the ornately carved bowl. I scooted closer to his rocker so I could smell the fruity blend. Mama warned us…

Surrey Aftermath

This group of posts about Surrey is long overdue. I bit the bullet and attended the Surrey International Writers Conference after thinking long and hard about it. It’s definitely an investment. So, I made a list of what I hoped to accomplish by attending. First on the list was getting together with the crew from…

The Sleeper Must Awaken

Kristin Nelson blogged about the perils of waking characters. She’s a great agent and a wonderful teacher. If you can make one of her workshops, do it. I subscribe to her newsletter, and I don’t subscribe to many. I’m a busy person, you know. Her latest one was about query letter rejections and how they…

Writer’s Voice Entry

Query Dear Fabulous Agent, Bad news rides a fast horse. Kaelyn Diarmand’s bad news came on a dead horse ridden by her equally dead M’Eiryn uncle. The M’Eiryn are warrior horse lords–barbarians invited to Tamarland after they helped the Tamarl king defeat the demon armies, forming an uneasy alliance. Her Tamarl mother’s people are civilized,…

Higher Education

Brandon I’m a firm believer in learning from people who know how to do it right. Donna Rubino and I will be taking Margie Lawson’s Diving Deep Into Developmental Edits course starting April 5. Yes, this on top of me converting my main character from third person to first person. Yay, me. Anyway, if you’ve…

Going to the Prom

I don’t normally blog about writing because, you know, everyone and their dog does that and mostly my writing posts are not very interesting. But, every now and then I break my rule and ponder this business and wonder of writing and writing to be published. You know how you feel when you’re not dating…

Lost in Space

I probably shouldn’t write this post, but…I’m frustrated. A few weeks ago my hard drive crashed on my Alienware. I need to find the documentation on it as I bought the extended warranty, but the service rep insists it’s expired…conveniently a few weeks previous. Anyway, since I have lost work before, I had everything backed…