Monthly Archives: July 2009

RWA National Conference 2009 Report, Part One

I began my trip to D.C. for RWA Nationals on Wednesday morning at 30th Street Station in Philadelphia. I spent the time before my track was announced in snapping pictures of the station’s architecture; I’m there often, but rarely with … Continue reading

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Confessions of a Luddite

I have a confession to make. I don’t really like reading e-books. I spend all day in front of a computer at my day job. On the weekends, I spend at least half of each day in front of my … Continue reading

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My thoughts on returning from RWA’s National Conference.

Q: How many surrealists does it take to change a lightbulb? A: Fish.

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Siegfried Sassoon, "Twelve Months After"

Twelve Months After Hullo! here’s my platoon, the lot I had last year. ‘The war’ll be over soon.’              ‘What ‘opes?’                      ‘No bloody fear!’Then, ‘Number Seven, ‘shun! All present and correct.’They’re standing in the sun, impassive and erect.Young Gibson with his grin; and … Continue reading

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Digesting Critique

I have a rule for myself. After I’ve attended my writers’ workshop and had a manuscript critiqued, I don’t work on that manuscript for at least a day or so, more sometimes. It might be tempting to go home and … Continue reading

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Dissecting Critique, Dissecting Manuscripts

Currently, I’m working on my third novel for Harlequin Spice, tentatively titled The Duke and The Pirate Queen. I’m about a third of the way through the first draft. I gave the first few chapters to my longtime writers’ workshop, … Continue reading

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2009 "Readers for Life" Literacy Autographing

Tonight, I’m at the 2009 “Readers for Life” Literacy Autographing at RWA’s National Conference. “More than 500 romance authors participate in this two-hour autographing event, and each year we raise thousands of dollars, which are donated to ProLiteracy Worldwide. Since … Continue reading

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My Top Five Conference Tips (RWA 2009)

This year will be only my second RWA National, but I’ve been attending science fiction and fantasy conventions for over two decades now; these are the main things I try to remember. 1. Get cash beforehand. It’s convenient to use … Continue reading

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Not Going To Conference Conference

Not Going To RWA Nationals in DC? Let Romance Divas bring the conference to you! Site registration is free – if you aren’t already a member of the best free romance writing community on the web, sign up today! July … Continue reading

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Tate Hallaway Guest Post – "If You Built It…"

Please welcome my guest, Tate Hallaway! If You Built It… When Victoria asked me to write about world-building, I was stymied. What world-building? I didn’t invent Madison, Wisconsin, after all. It’s just this place, you know? I was particularly baffled … Continue reading

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