Not passion as in romance. But rather "passion" as described in another of Merriam Webster's definitions: A strong liking or desire for or devotion to some activity. As I was journaling the other day it occurred to me how much I enjoy writing longhand. From the feel of my hand sliding across the smooth surface… Continue reading Passionate Writing
Camp NaNo was a success in so many ways! I got a huge sense of accomplishment by completing my hourly goal. Enjoyed "campfire talk" with my cabinmates. Met some new amazingly kind, fun, fellow writers. Established a solid writing practice. Discovered that no matter how busy I am (April was one of my busiest months… Continue reading Camp NaNo Success!
Last week was perhaps one of the busiest weeks I've had in a long time, in large part due to Crime Victims' Rights week (more on that next week), causing me to fall a bit behind on my Camp NaNo hourly goal. Nothing I can't make up, though. And Saturday's all-day event made it worth… Continue reading Book in a Day
Camp NaNoWriMo began April 1st and I'm off and running. One of the best parts is the virtual cabins. We have 11 people in our cabin and the support, comradarie, and inspiration we get from each other is priceless. And, pardon me if it sounds like I'm bragging, but we do have the best cabin… Continue reading Setting Goals
It's camping season again. Camp NaNoWriMo, that is. Fun with other writers in virtual cabins, brainstorming with each other, cheering one another on, virtual bonfires and s'mores, writing by lantern light...All the things to love about camping except pesky bugs. This session I'll be working on editing and revising book two in my Whispering Pines… Continue reading It’s That Time Again!
This past weekend I attended a writing workshop hosted by Sisters in Crime, presented by Nancy Pickard. Nancy is one of the founding members and former president of the International level of Sisters in Crime, an organization that supports women mystery writers. She's also a past board member of Mystery Writers of America. Impressive, right?… Continue reading Writing Lessons
So in further explanation from the brief mention of Camp NaNo in last week's post, what exactly is Camp NaNo? It can be summed up in two words: Fun Challenge! Camp NaNoWriMo is a spinoff from November's NaNoWriMo where participants from all over the world strive to write 50,000 words in the month of November.… Continue reading Camp NaNoWriMo
It's Sunday, April 1st, as I write this. I saw (or at least noticed) my first Robin today. Watched a squirrel busily building his home. And got all settled into my virtual cabin with my awesome cabin mates at Camp NaNo. It's off to the races. Additional family plans have been added to my calendar… Continue reading Camping and Writing
When writing a first draft, I have to remind myself constantly that I'm only shoveling sand into a box so later I can build castles. Shannon Hale I've been struggling with my writing lately. Justifying the time it takes as well as the lure of everything else "out there" that sucks me in. All… Continue reading Sandcastles
This past Saturday was my book launch for not one, but two books. Finding Abby was released in November. Life got in the way and I didn't advertise, promote, nothing. With my recent release, Shear Malice, book three in the Melanie Hogan cozy mystery series, I decided to have a double release. And better yet,… Continue reading Book Launch Partytime