November 05, 2010

How I Wrote a Fantasy Romance Novella in One Month

If you've been wondering where I've been lately: I've been writing like crazy. My RWA chapter had a writing marathon in October, and it was the first time I'd written every single day. I would never have believed the difference it could make in my writing, just keeping my fingers moving and the story flowing without breaking for two days at a time over the weekends. I wrote more—and, I hope, better—in that one month than I've ever written before.

It's a nice little fantasy romance novella, full of magic and eagles, and while writing it I found out what the Northern Lights really are. They have nothing to do with the earth's magnetic fields, either. (Yes, the things I make up for my stories become real to me. That's normal, right?)

So I decided this habit will have to continue. I'm a new woman, one who writes every day. : )

And my family didn't even come close to starving while I was doing all that writing. They seriously thought they would. That's been a relief all around, let me tell you, because I'm already well into another MS.

August 10, 2010

RWA Writing Workshop: Prune Your Prose with Linnea Sinclair

I like to participate in every RWA writing workshop my chapter offers (I belong to the online chapter). I always learn something new in them. If you belong to RWA but not to the online chapter, you might consider joining; the workshops are free to RWA Online chapter members and the annual chapter membership fee is about the cost of one workshop, so even if you participate in two workshops per year, you're getting a slamming good deal.

Check it out. : )

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RWA® Online Chapter presents:

PRUNE YOUR PROSE! Ten Tips to Tighten Your Fiction Writing
Instructor: Linnea Sinclair
August 16th – 29th, 2010
Registration Period: August 2-15, 2010
Fee: $15 Non-Chapter members. RWAOL Chapter #136 members; free. 
Payment method: PAYPAL is recommended! 

It’s safe and fast! Check and money orders also accepted.
Registration: http://www. rwaonlinechapter .org/campus.htm (without the spaces)

NOTE: -Use your real First and Last Name & Choose Pay Option.
ONLY Chapter #136 members choose the Chapter Member option button.
For more information:

CLASS DESCRIPTION: As the saying goes, “Close only counts in…hand grenades.” Don’t let your manuscript bomb because of easily overlooked errors, or for lack of sophistication and polish. Learn how to make every chapter count, every scene earn its keep, every main character memorable. Award-winning Bantam Random House author Linnea Sinclair will take you though ten tips (and more!) that will make your story shine, move it out of the slush pile, onto an editor’s desk so that—when on the shelves—it can garner reviews that note: A must-read, by an author who never disappoints!

Attendees should bring sample pages of their work-in-progress (including their first page) and be prepared to share and improve!

BIO: Winner of the prestigious national book award, the RITA, science fiction romance author Linnea Sinclair has become a name synonymous for high-action, emotionally intense, character-driven novels. Reviewers note that Sinclair's novels "have the wow-factor in spades," earning her accolades from both the science fiction and romance communities. Sinclair's current releases are GAMES OF COMMAND (PEARL Award winner and RITA finalist), THE DOWN HOME ZOMBIE BLUES (PEARL Award Honorable Mention), SHADES OF DARK, HOPE’S FOLLY and REBELS & LOVERS. 
A former news reporter and retired private detective, Sinclair resides in Naples, Florida (winters) and Columbus, Ohio (summers) along with her husband, Robert Bernadino, and their two thoroughly spoiled cats. Readers can find her perched on the third barstool from the left in her Intergalactic Bar and Grille at 

FORMAT: Course is conducted via online discussion (bulletin) board on the RWA® Online website. Non-chapter members MUST complete both the workshop registration AND the discussion board login registration for access. Instructions for login are presented after the registration pages (or to return to the login instructions, go to http://www.rwaonline...strationTY.htm. The workshop is available for up to one week after the end date and a downloadable archive of the workshop will be available the week following the workshop.

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July 01, 2010

Fantasy Romance on Goodreads

I was looking for a group for fantasy romance readers, and I found one (through a post on the Romance Divas forum) on Goodreads.

June 22, 2010

Salome at Sunrise by Inez Kelley

SALOME AT SUNRISE by Inez Kelley from Carina Press!

My take: 

After reading just the excerpt, I already knew Inez Kelley has a talent for creating a supremely alpha hero who has complex and really real emotions. Mmm. You just want Bryton's heart to be healed.

The other thing that makes me drool is the simplicity of putting a Carina book on my Sony Reader (oh, Reader, how I love thee). Three cheers for Carina and another three for Inez.

The blurb:

It’s not nice to piss off Mother Nature…

Bryton Haruk sets out on a suicide mission to stop the bloodthirsty Skullmen from terrorizing the war-weary Land of Eldwyn. Consumed by guilt over the death of his wife, Bryton seeks revenge and reunion in the afterlife with his lost love. His purpose is determined, his bravery unmatched, until the queen casts a spell to save Bryton from himself.

Salome is that spell. A bird-shifter, she can harness the earth’s breeze and take the form of a beautiful, innocent woman. Her challenge is to harness Bryton’s pain and guide him to peace. She entrances and irritates him, tempting Bryton from his mission. Even as he gives in to the passion between them, Bryton insists on mounting a solo attack on the brigands’ compound, and Salome fears her love won’t be enough to save him…
Celebrate Summer Solstice.
Salome at Sunrise from Inez Kelley and Carina Press.
Seize the day.

April 22, 2010

Our evolving language

It seems the AP Stylebook, which governs style issues in much nonfiction writing, is making the switch from Web site to website. In some circles this is stirring up quite the controversy. Will The Chicago Manual of Style, the style standard of the fiction industry, follow suit? (Insert horrified gasp here. Or an eye roll. It depends on your opinion.)

If you ask me, dropping capitals and closing compound words is part of the natural evolution of our language. Do we still speak and write Old English? Nope. Shakespeare's English? Nope. We've even made the jump from Wal-Mart to Walmart. So from Web site to website? No biggie.

Besides, think of all the time we'll save by omitting the two extra keystrokes each time we type website. : )

March 25, 2010

And the stakes go up

As if becoming a grandmother weren't joyous enough, now I'm going to be the grandmother of twins. Wheee! :)

I foresee a need for increased time management in my future.

March 24, 2010

Art Reflecting Life

It seems that the fiction I write always revolves around family themes. Bonds between loved ones that transcend even the biggest challenges life can throw at us.

Right now I'm working on a story about three generations of strong women. How appropriate, then, for life and art to reflect each other in such a beautiful and inspiring event such as . . . drum roll . . . my first grandchild, who is due to come into the world this August.

I have a lot of knitting to do!

January 20, 2010

Feng Shui for Writers

A writing loop I'm on ran a bootcamp on staying healthy as a writer, and one of the elements covered was making sure you have a pleasant work environment. Hence, feng shui.

Turns out I may need to make major changes in my writing area, like turning my desk around so it faces the door, which is supposed to make me feel more in charge of my life. Of course, that'd mean I couldn't look out the window at the mountains and the forest, so maybe I'll have to think about that one a little more.

But I'm happy to see I had some things right: the artwork on my walls is stuff I treasure (drawings by my kids and a gorgeous watercolor of a pink cockatoo my artist mom painted), and my writing corner is in the "prosperity" area of my house.

Yep, if I ignore the occasional foosball game four feet from my desk, things are looking good.

How does your writing area make you feel?

January 12, 2010

A Writer's Learning Curve

I recently had the honor of reading the first manuscript of a fourteen-year-old writer. While this girl isn't Nora Roberts  quite yet, her love of her story shines through the words on the page. But mostly, it blew me away that she writes as well as most adults do in their first manuscripts.

I believe that either you're a storyteller or you're not. And if you are, the craft can be learned no matter how old—or young—you are.

January 06, 2010

Golden Heart Judges: Entries Arriving Soon

Carol Ritter from National gave permission to forward this information, which will be of interest to RWA members.

"Half of the Golden Heart judging packets went out yesterday and the other half will go out today. Domestic packages are shipped UPS ground, except for members using PO Boxes. International is UPS WorldShip."

I can hardly wait to get my contest package. I adore judging writing contests. There are some great entries, and it's a fantastic way to contribute to RWA.
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