There has been a lot of internet chat about creatives being expected to work for free, or for exposure. I attended a writers conference this weekend, where an editor made a good point. He pointed out that the query letter is a professional letter, because you have a product which needs to be sold. You … Continue reading Free or Reasonable?
I thought long and hard about this. I have several. First up, my birthday. October is a pleasant month, with changing leaves and the feeling that transformation is on the horizon. I enjoy Thanksgiving, especially now that I don't need to clean the house for it. February 15th, half-price chocolate day. Hmm.... How do you … Continue reading Favorite Day of the Year
My suitcase is unpacked, life is beginning to return to something approaching a normal rhythm, and yet things feel strange. My head is crammed full of new knowledge. If you're serious about writing, I cannot say enough good things about Toolbox. What I took away from Toolbox: 1. Writing is a job, a career, a … Continue reading Taos Toolbox Post-Mortem
First of all, for those of you who read my blog, let me start by saying I'm sorry for the unexpected hiatus. My WIP and real-world concerns pre-empted my blogging time. I cannot believe the year is halfway over. That Taos Toolbox is nearly here. I need get back on track for blogging! It's good … Continue reading Halfway There
A friend of mine wants me to pitch. I have never done this before. March brings the day of reckoning. I've been online looking around for examples. Another friend helped me out by sending me this great article by Chuck Sambuchino on Writer's Digest. I'll be honest. This is supposed to be a great opportunity, … Continue reading Perfect Pitch?
I was accepted to Taos Toolbox! I am so excited right now! I know my writing will benefit greatly from the experience. Two weeks with Walter Jon Williams, Nancy Kress, and guest lecturer Carrie Vaughn will definitely be a way to stretch as a writer...and I can't wait! What a way to welcome the new … Continue reading Taos Toolbox!
Lightening the load...that's gotten to be the theme of my existence these last two years. I made more inroads in that goal today. I am getting tired of dealing with stuff, honestly. Altogether, since my spouse has gone to the out of state storage unit (long story, that), we've gotten rid of 5 bins of … Continue reading Lighten Up!
I'm not much of a video game player, but I love leveling up. Especially if they come up with great graphics! But sometimes it's hard to see which way you're going, whether it's in video games or in real life. I've been writing on a regular schedule with one project. When I got a … Continue reading Leveling Up
Photo Credit: http://handsongratitude.com/ Teresa Deak (used by permission) Remember the caterpillar in Alice in Wonderland? Not much ambition, just sits on his mushroom all day, waiting. Waiting, perhaps, for the end of the world, but who knows what's on the other side? When everything comes crashing down around our ears, it seems like that's … Continue reading The End Of The World…For This Caterpillar
Opening scenes are tough. Let’s be honest. You only have a few paragraphs to hook the reader and draw them into your world. What happens that upsets the applecart? What makes the character go from passive to active? I felt really good about my original opening scene. However, one email changed everything. A very experienced … Continue reading What Makes Today Different?