Wednesday, July 1, 2020 Update/Note: I wasn’t expecting this post to turn into a birthday party, but everyone is making me smile. Thank you all for your good wishes. Hugs on the wing! Welcome to my sanctuary. This post has gone to the… cats. It seems the felines have gotten inside. If you’re a cat … More Wednesday Writing — Adding Animals
Hearing, Sight, Smell, Taste, Touch Wednesday, April 15, 2020 Traditionally those are the five senses. I suddenly decided to rerun this mini-series on The Senses. I originally did this series five years ago, so maybe it’s fitting. In novel writing I try to involve all your (the reader’s) senses. Today I want all of us … More Wednesday Writing with the Senses — Hearing
Saturday October 27, 2018 My heartfelt thanks to everyone who got on the party bus for the launch of Atonement in Bloom. I can’t describe how much I appreciate everyone who shared and contributed to the launch. Deme and Honeybell are still in a party mood I don’t seem to know how to really take a … More What If I Take a Break…
Saturday, August 18, 2018 Welcome everyone. You’ve entered my sanctuary. Today we’re visiting Atonement, Tennessee. I know it can be hard to find your way around in a fictional town. So, let’s have lunch at the local diner, L.O.L.A. Lola’s. I want you to meet the owner, Marge Tipton. Marge’s part in Atonement, Tennessee is quite small, but she … More Marge Tipton — Characters from Atonement, TN (& a Cover Reveal)
Saturday, August 11, 2018 Robert Matthew Goldstein is my “partner in crime” illustrating the #DieselPunk serial that you’ll find on my Jazz Age Wednesdays posts — “Hullaba Lulu.” Sometimes Rob also makes videos that parallel the Lulu-verse. He just did a fabulous one featuring (fictionalized) Nikola Tesla and the electric car that I wrote into the serial. That … More Baby You Can Drive My (Novel’s) Car
Saturday, July 7, 2018 Welcome to my sanctuary — an oasis free of politics, religion, and the judgments that often go with both. It’s my safe haven where we can relax in the comfort and encouragement of each other’s presence — free of bullies and passive aggressive princesses. I’m allowing certain “punks.” That’s my prerogative as proprietress … More The Punk of I Don’t Know — the Punk of Punk
Saturday, June 30, 2018 Welcome everyone. While I’m finishing edits to Atonement in Bloom, I chose to make things easy on myself and recycle a “writing process” post. Hats Off to You — What to Wear in Atonement, TN But first, a plea… What is your blog wearing? Yes, this is selfish of me. I see more and … More Hats Off to You — from Atonement TN
Welcome everyone. I’m glad the weather does not usually effect our ability to have these virtual visits, but horse-feathers, it’s cold out there! Or at least it is cold for a lot of us. The question of what to wear is answered by “A coat!” Have you guessed that I’m leading into another writing process post? Some people … More What to Wear?
Today I thought a little “writing process” post would be fun. So I ask you… Is your writing beastly? Don’t get defensive. I’m sure your words are beautiful. However, maybe it should be beastly. One way to animate your words is to well — animalize them. (No, that is not a word. Now it’s a “Teaganese” … More Is Your Writing Beastly?
Hearing, Sight, Smell, Taste, Touch Traditionally those are the five senses. I thought it would be a fun change of pace to do a mini-series on The Senses. In novel writing I try to involve all your (the reader’s) senses. Today I want all of us to begin building a story together. One by one, we’ll use … More Mini Series — The Senses — Hearing
Welcome back to Atonement, TN! I hope everyone has had a wonder-filled week. I’m delighted that you’re spending a moment from the holiday weekend here. Sometimes I get a few posts prepared ahead of time (and that’s nice for me). However, that hasn’t been the case for awhile. Anyway, just as I was wondering what I could possibly … More The Sleigh: Annie’s Inventory Notes — Features from Atonement, TN
Welcome back everyone. Thanks for coming to Atonement, TN! It’s great to see you again — I know it can be hard to find your way to a fictional town. I’ve been delighted with everyone’s support of my “pantser” serial stories. As most of you know, those stories resulted from a writing exercise I created for … More 3 Bloom Things — Features from Atonement, TN
What Would Happen If There Was a Character Like… Welcome back to Atonement, TN everyone. Come on out to play! Are you ready for a little game? It doesn’t require a special arena, equipment, or athletic ability — and it doesn’t cost a cent. How My Writing Process Begins a New Story Have you ever … More What If — 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
Building a House with Magic — The Mysterious Lodge Sometimes things don’t go as planned — as you saw last weekend. Thank you so much for coming back again. I’m also sorry you missed the Halloween treat from Isabel at Cakes and More 101. I was going to feature a recipe from her last weekend. Isabel has a beautiful … More Mysterious Lodge — Features from Atonement, TN