The Author Toolbox Blog Hop is “a monthly blog hop on the theme of resources/learning for authors: posts related to the craft of writing, editing, querying, marketing, publishing, blogging tips for authors, reviews of author-related products, anything that an author would find helpful.” Want to jump into the writing tool box? Search #AuthorToolboxBlogHop or to… Continue reading Playing Inside the Box #AuthorToolboxBlogHop
Photo by Santiago Esquivel on Unsplash She grabbed me and she’s not letting go this time. In a series of posts about love, I wrote about dogs. These are my very favorite posts, ones that include dogs and love. I love writing them and I love looking back on them — for my own dog joy and heartfelt… Continue reading She’s Back — and She’s Brought Her Very Own Story and Her Very Own Dog
Photo by Aleksandr Ledogorov on Unsplash There are phenomenally useful acronyms in writer world that others might find highly effective in the real world. The ones cited in the title are used everyday in the world of romance writers, describing a story’s arc and outcome: HEA: Happily Ever After HFN: Happy for Now The industry of romance stories… Continue reading HEA vs. HFN
Photo by Emma Simpson on Unsplash I’m convalescing. Doesn’t that sound serious? It does to me. I hear convalescing and I think ominous, terrible, portentous, but all it really means is I’m recovering from the stunningly awful cough/cold thing that has had me hacking, head aching, miserable for the past few weeks. Early on, the doctor did… Continue reading If I Pull a Muscle Coughing, Does It Count as Exercise?
Photo by The Roaming Platypus on Unsplash I don’t do negative book reviews — until I posted one yesterday. The negative review was not for the content. The core ideas, principles, and recommendations are solid. Unfortunately, that brilliance is buried under mounds of words, so many meaningless, energy-sucking words. I don’t post negative reviews because I don’t force… Continue reading A “You Can Do Better” Book Review
Skitterphoto on Pexels A couple pages in and I was ready to throw the book against the wall. I held back violence since I was reading on my Kindle and I had agreed to review the book. I pressed on, thinking perhaps it might be a useful guide for a truly lost new writer. Several chapters… Continue reading Ways to Thrive as a Writer: Know There’s Nothing Else You’d Rather Be Doing
Photo by MI PHAM on Unsplash I finished writing a 6-line, 26 syllable poem (a Spanish poetic structure called shadorma) in response to a passage from Cheryl Strayed about being alone. I’d never heard of the form before, never even read one. However, a publication I treasure laid down the prompt and I went for… Continue reading Write in a Different Sandbox #AuthorToolboxBlogHop