Song Styles

Unnatural Causes is off to readers … heaven help me (and them).So for today, here’s the song I have written down as a touchstone on the overarching theme.  If you listen to the lyrics, they refer specifically to a romance, but they have much bro…

Monday Meanderings

I’m a goal-oriented person:  I do best when I have something concrete to work towards, and I find deadlines motivating.  I often impose structure on myself; even internal accountability helps me work.  I’ve participated in groups where e…

Song Styles

I’m in the final pages of this editing pass of Unnatural Causes, and then I’ll be looking for beta readers … my first serious use of beta reading, well, ever.  I used to have my childhood best friend read my novels, and she was wonderful at pick…

Game Plans

So despite the chaos of this year, I’ve managed to finish an average of a short story a month, in addition to work on my novel and editing.  I have my next short story plotted, and I had planned to start groundwork on another novel, but I’m not re…

Monday Meanderings

And now, to spice up this blog … controversy!Oh, don’t worry, I’m not going to talk politics or, even worse, the use of a double space after a period.  (You can have my double space when you take it out of my cold, dead, and Oxford-comma-laden h…

Song Styles

Today is July 2nd, which as far as I’m concerned, is real Independence Day:  it’s when the delegates of the Continental Congress voted for freedom from Britain.  The 4th was when the final version of the Declaration was signed and released to…

Monday Meanderings

I’m currently thinking ahead for Unnatural Causes and coming to the realization that I need beta readers.  I’ve been asking my writer friends for some tips and advice in that department, but there’s one barrier:Critiques dial my nerves up to …

Monday Meanderings

I feel as if there’s a constant tension in my creative process between the old and the new.As a writer, I’m restless:  always moving on to new worlds, new characters, new ideas.  I love short stories in part because it enables me to take a sn…