Metapost: Where’s Cecilia?

Update: I’ve found a space and hope to have a new business address by early next week. My best friend, who is also my decorator, and I went out looking for furniture yesterday. I’m still in a major time crunch — and stressed out — but at least things are moving forward. Those of you … Continue reading Metapost: Where’s Cecilia?

Serial Fiction: Monument Minders, Chapter One

Yes, it’s time for me to jump into serial fiction again! I started this one in April, and since I wanted it to be a serious story, I waited until I had it almost all written and the ending pretty much figured out before I brought it to The Penny Dreadful. Research also delayed it … Continue reading Serial Fiction: Monument Minders, Chapter One

Friday Flash Fiction: First Date

I read a novel excerpt as short story recently on the Narrative Magazine site that impressed me so much I thought I’d try something similar. This is from my completed (revision in progress) novel A Perfect Man. I’ll add some more commentary to the end. If you’re interested in more flash fiction, search the #fridayflash … Continue reading Friday Flash Fiction: First Date

Friday Flash Fiction: The Agency — A Wish and a Dragon

I’m lucky to live in a place where new restaurants open frequently, and many of them last. Since you first met Thomas Forrest and Raven, Thomas has been emancipated (click here for that story), and they’re about to open a pub at the edge of the River Styx. For more Friday Flash Fiction, search the … Continue reading Friday Flash Fiction: The Agency — A Wish and a Dragon

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