How Wine Can Help Fiction: Post-Wine Bloggers’ Conference Thoughts

If you read my Random Oenophile Blog, you know that Hubby and I had the privilege of attending the 2010 Wine Bloggers’ Conference in Walla Walla, Washington this past weekend. If not, well, now you do. One of the panels, “More Effective Wine Writing,” coalesced something that I had noticed during the entire conference: there … Continue reading How Wine Can Help Fiction: Post-Wine Bloggers’ Conference Thoughts

Random Thoughts: Weird News, Zombie Cover-Up?

This one is for BabySis, whose alter ego Ivy Star is having a birthday today. Have I mentioned my whole family is weird? This post will not disprove that perception. Yesterday, Hubby and I were sitting at The Marlay having a post-Mass drink — Bloody Mary for him, Mimosa for me — when I saw … Continue reading Random Thoughts: Weird News, Zombie Cover-Up?

On Process and Progress (or lack thereof): That Procrastination Post I’ve Been Putting Off

A couple of weeks ago, I posted the Four P’s of Procrastination with a promise (not one of the P’s) to talk about how I’m working on overcoming it. I was on vacation and then conferencing in Texas, so the post kept getting put off. Yeah, irony. I did take notes and then lost them, … Continue reading On Process and Progress (or lack thereof): That Procrastination Post I’ve Been Putting Off

On the patio: open house delayed

Sometimes I think the party gnomes are out to get me. When Anne Tyler Lord offered to include an announcement about my new blog at her Writer’s Life coffee klatch, I jumped at the chance even though I’m traveling this week. I didn’t plan on the vagaries of hotel internet, so I’m like the hostess … Continue reading On the patio: open house delayed

Random Fiction: The Emancipation of Thomas Forrest

My mind works in random ways. I didn’t mean for The Agency to kick off a mini-serial, but it appears to have. Since others requested more about Thomas/Forrest and Raven, and it’s fascinating to have a character with enough independence to try and change his own name, I felt they deserved a little more air … Continue reading Random Fiction: The Emancipation of Thomas Forrest

On Process and Progress (or lack thereof): The 4 P’s of Procrastination

I sat down at the beginning of May and mapped out short- and long-term writing goals. They were brilliant! They were ambitious! They were doable if I had a parallel life, a twenty-nine hour day, or lots more organizational skill than I actually possess. Yeah, I’m one who favorites tweets pointing to articles on finding … Continue reading On Process and Progress (or lack thereof): The 4 P’s of Procrastination

Friday Flash Fiction: The Agency

The idea for this one came out of a conversation I had last weekend with a friend who asked what I wanted in a minion. Yes, I love my friends. If you know of any minions looking for work, please direct them my way. I promise I’ll be nice to them as long as they … Continue reading Friday Flash Fiction: The Agency

Friday Flash Fiction: We Love Yankees

I thought I was stuck for #FridayFlash this week, but then I remembered this Southern Gothic tale I’d written for a writing group a few years ago. It’s funny how experience changes your writing, especially over the span of years. That might make a good blog post at some point, so I’ll just say now … Continue reading Friday Flash Fiction: We Love Yankees

Friday Flash Fiction: A Balance of Souls

Vampires are interesting because they’re conflicted, and I’ve gotten tired of the whiny ones. They’re not my usual thing, but I guess every spec fic writer has to do a vampire story at one point, so I consider this to be my “getting them out of my system” tale. Comments welcome, as always! For more … Continue reading Friday Flash Fiction: A Balance of Souls

Book Review: The Golden Cockerel by Kenneth G. Allen, Jr.

It’s hard to write, finish, and revise a book, and it takes courage and money to get it out there if the author wants to take the self-published route. Readers who are interested in self-published books but who don’t want to waste their time on low-quality ones need a place to go for reviews. My … Continue reading Book Review: The Golden Cockerel by Kenneth G. Allen, Jr.