Writing 101: Characters

I allowed character development to languish lately. It has been a bit chaotic in our little stone cottage in the urban wilds. Visitors coming. Visitors going. Visitors rescheduling. Visitors coming. News from afar, not all of it good. Children delighting Beloved for Father’s Day. Vegetables shouting “pick me now.” Garden beds either swamped by rain […]

The Delaware Valley

I travel. Sometimes I travel by boat, plane, or automobile. Sometimes I travel by book. Sometimes I explore the real world. This week I rambled around my own area with a good friend. We parked on the New Jersey side at Lambertville and walked across the bridge for a delightful riverside lunch. Shops and galleries […]

Bring on the Coffee

Is it Monday already? Last week was amazing and the weekend crowded with work, play, and family, family, and family. I shared some family history with the grandchildren of cousins. There were Mother’s Day flowers. And cake. Things are speeding up in my writing life. In case you missed it, The Wayward Son went up […]

Success! Yet the Work Goes On

Launch week for Storm & Shelter flew by. You may remember last week I reported a fairly grueling weekend leading up to launch day. The pace continued. On launch day, we celebrated with a blog hop–a set of posts linked together in a circle—in which our characters lament the presence of a snooping Teatime Tatter […]

Big Doings This Week

A writer’s work is never done–even when she struggles to get to the writing of books. In 48 hours at the end of last week I published two blogs, scheduled a third, put out my newsletter, and partied with the Bluestocking Belles on Facebook for two hours. All that and I didn’t even get to […]

Writers on Writing

Last week I stumbled on an interesting article about Hemingway’s advice to a young writer. I may not be young in years, but I’m super young in writing, so I took it to heart. There are several gems in it, but the particularly timely one for me was: Don’t get discouraged because there’s a lot […]