Am I There Yet?

Observation #1: Today Kelli Stanley posted on Facebook she'd reached "The End" of her second Miranda Corbie book, "City of Spiders." The next step, she said, was a week of revisions. A week? I've been revising for over a year… Continue Reading

I Think I Can, I Think I Can

Earlier in the week, literary agent Nathan Bransford wrote: "It sure seems like the majority of people in the world think they can write a book. And not only write a book, but write it as well as a published… Continue Reading

Falling Feels Like Flying

The one thing I've been told over and over again since having my ACL surgery is "You can't fall." Doing so would mean the delightful new ACL they installed might fail, and as my surgeon told me, "I've never had… Continue Reading

Writing a Bad Romance

Back in the day (circa 2000), I knew I wanted to write a novel set in 17th century England and the court of King Charles II. I’d quit my day job in early 1999 with the intent to design websites,… Continue Reading

Progress Report

After my "woe is me" post yesterday, many of you said "Well, at least you can still write!" Indeed, I can, and indeed I am. I've finally found an editing/revision method that's working for me and in the last couple… Continue Reading

Great Opening Lines

I am on a never-ending quest for the perfect opening line. As part of my search, today I went through a bunch of my books, looking at the opening lines while I hoped for inspiration to strike. It hasn't–yet–but I… Continue Reading

Character Study: Female Protagonists

In the past month or so, I've had the pleasure of reading three great books: City of Dragons, by Kelli Stanley, A Trace of Smoke by Rebecca Cantrell, and A Bad Day for Sorry by Sophie Littlefield. I loved them… Continue Reading

In Demand

If there's one thing being with a group of published authors does for a writer aspiring to be published, it's inspire. That's how I spent my weekend at Left Coast Crime. Being inspired. But also being reminded that time is… Continue Reading

The Cheapside Hoard – 17th Century English Jewelry

In 1912, workmen discovered a box of jewelry hidden under the floorboards of a house in Cheapside. The jewelry has been dated to between 1600-1650, and it was the work of a jeweler who supplied jewelry to wealthy merchants and… Continue Reading

King Charles II: What’s Not to Like?

Someone in my online class asked my why Charles II was my favorite English monarch and this is what I replied: I suppose part of my liking for Charles II is based on childish romanticism. My first knowledge of him… Continue Reading