A Pause & a Review — (Cornelis will be back)

Saturday, October 13, 2018 Straightlaced Saturday will not be at the steampunk train station today.  This weekend I must not blog, no matter how much I miss visiting with you.  Why?  I have a ton of work to do before the Atonement, TN Party Bus is road worthy!  So I’ve disabled comments today.   However… Deme and Honeybell … More A Pause & a Review — (Cornelis will be back)

Another Bloomin’ Cover Reveal — But this time it’s mine!

Friday, October 5, 2018 I debated when to run this post.  I worried that it wouldn’t be seen between my serial posts — so I scheduled it as my Saturday post. Then I worried that you’d lose track of Copper, the Alchemist, and the Woman in Trousers…  Have I ever mentioned that Springsteen was born to run, … More Another Bloomin’ Cover Reveal — But this time it’s mine!

Character Interview: Ralda Lawton — Features from Atonement, TN

Welcome to Atonement, TN everyone. I’m giving myself a break this weekend and doing a rerun. But first… I’m revising this post. I wanted to share something new with you, even though it has little to do with this post.  Monarch butterflies. The butterfly is a symbol of transformation. One thing for which people who analyze books … More Character Interview: Ralda Lawton — Features from Atonement, TN

Adding Suspense — Features from Atonement, TN

It’s Moving Too Slow — What Shall I Do? As I grow my characters, and layer the elements of a new story, I’m always afraid that it is moving to slowly — because I’m doing precisely those things rather than something more exciting.  How do I cultivate both characters and suspense, and work on more than … More Adding Suspense — Features from Atonement, TN

Calico Calamity an Atonement Excerpt

I blogged this snippet a while back — before the release of my novel, “Atonement, Tennessee.” Now that the paperback and e-book editions are available, I’m sharing it as a mid-week post for those who might have missed it. This excerpt, this calico calamity, leads the heroine of “Atonement, Tennessee” into a tense situation.  Lilith the cat … More Calico Calamity an Atonement Excerpt

Atonement, TN: Beginning

The Story Begins I’m posting this especially for those who have requested something longer to read.  I’m listening to your comments, and I aim to please!  So here is a rather long excerpt from the beginning of “Atonement, Tennessee,” my debut novel, published on Christmas Eve 2013. With our “interactive” serials, The Three Things, and The Three … More Atonement, TN: Beginning

Character Interviews: Lacey Hampton

Don’t worry.  I won’t leave you hanging with the Three Ingredients Serial. Episode-7, “E. coli, Marmite, Burner” is in progress. (Spock’s Sister and I worked out some changes to her ingredients.)  I hope everyone will be thinking of food-related ingredients to send me for future episodes.  You’re welcome to leave them in a comment. (Hint -hint.) While you wait for the … More Character Interviews: Lacey Hampton

What’s in a Name?

What’s in a Name? What do you think about names – generally?  Or do you think about them? Most people don’t.  I however, could really enjoy a big metaphysical discussion about names, but that’s not where I’m headed here.  When I started this blog, I promised myself I’d stick to things related to writing or … More What’s in a Name?

NaNoWriMo Pitchapalooza!

Indie Publishing – My Latest Lesson It’s rather amazing, how much there is to learn about indie (independent) publishing.  I’m getting practice with blogging.  Now I need to try a pitch.  The NaNoWriMo organization had a “Pitchapalooza” this month.  It’s supposed to be only 200 words… (Yikes!)  This is a random drawing; only 25 entries … More NaNoWriMo Pitchapalooza!

“Atonement, Tennessee” Copyright Certificate

Wednesday I was thrilled to finally see a letter from the Copyright Office. I did everything to register the copyright for “Atonement, Tennessee” back in December, but had not received the certificate. It was exciting to read over it, and be able to hold it in my hand. However, I’m disappointed about the condition of … More “Atonement, Tennessee” Copyright Certificate

A Departure

Atonement, Tennessee was a style departure for me.  I usually write what I like to call “quest type” fantasy.  While it’s a fantasy, Atonement is written in first person, and set in our current, real world.  It was designed to be something I could write ultra-fast for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) 2012. Since it … More A Departure

Finishing 2012

Last week flew by!  It’s the first time I’ve ever taken time off at the holidays, and I’m glad I did. Happily I’ve spent most of my spare time last week and this weekend doing things for my writing.  I finished tweaking the draft of Atonement, Tennessee, and then did the formatting and torturous set up … More Finishing 2012

My First Blog Post: Atonement, Tennessee: Draft Complete

This year I participated in my first National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).  The challenge was to write a draft novel, of at least 50,000 words, just during the month of November. I didn’t think I could do it — but I did!  Now I’m a NaNoWriMo winner with Atonement, Tennessee.  It was quite a journey.  … More My First Blog Post: Atonement, Tennessee: Draft Complete