Goals and Writing

Public Domain image. Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/46958463@N06/8553343931/ It's New Years Day, and my social media feeds are full of people announcing their resolutions, or rejecting the notion of resolutions, and writers announcing their accomplishments last year, and their aims for this year. I'm sympathetic to the resolution rejectors, but aware that goals are in the air. I …

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The Original Marriage of Convenience: The Convenient Marriage

After a complex book exchange (and some trading) at a meeting of romance writers, one of my gifts was a copy of Georgette Heyer's The Convenient Marriage. At first glance, it appeared to be a standard Regency romance. The Earl of Rule is obligated to marry, and has selected Lady Elizabeth to be his bride. …

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Romance One Update: A Better Hero

  Some months ago I published a few excerpts from the draft of my romance novel, Romance One, and asked for comments. Thanks again to all who commented here, by email, and on Facebook. I also submitted a portion of it for a writing class, and discussed it at a writers' retreat. Now I am working …

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Sharing Something about Shoes

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. From tech to fetish, shoes in fairy tales are a mark of status The glass slippers in Disney’s 2015 film version of Cinderella. Allison Shearmur Productions, Beagle Pug Films, Genre FilmsRebecca-Anne C. Do Rozario, Monash University Fairy tales have …

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Luck and Privilege: Book Inserts

Many of the older romances I pick up, and even some of the newer ones, have mail-in cards that sign you up for a monthly book subscription. The cards usually include a gift, sometimes a contest, and always a sticker of some sort that you must remove from one page and attach to another. Presumably …

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Romance One Excerpt: Does this Conversation Work?

Here's a longer excerpt from Romance One. I'm still tweaking this, but would love to have your comments. Darwin arrived at Marianna's campground earlier in the day. She found him attractive, but unprepared for camping. She's curious about why he is there, but happy to have a paying customer. He's there on business - his …

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An Update and Two Questions

Opening Update Thanks to all who responded to my call for comments on the opening of Romance One, whether it was here, on Facebook, or by email. After considering everything, I've decided to shift some things around. Instead of starting with the heroine saying good-bye to the honeymooning couple, the story starts with the arrival …

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Romance One Excerpt: Does this opening make me look interesting?

Yes? No? All comments appreciated - thanks! “This is the most beautiful campground we have ever seen. It’s a lovely spot.” The young woman gave Marianna a hug, and stepped into her car, shepherded by her husband. He closed the passenger door, then turned to Marianna. “Fabulous spot for our honeymoon. We thank you.” He …

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#amwriting update 4

It's been a while since I gave an update. Almost a year, actually. Time flies. I was working on my novel, working title Romance 1, even when I was not posting updates. I maintained an hour a week until August, when some travelling increased my reading, and decreased my writing. I never recovered the regular schedule, …

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