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Feb.10.2009
When I'm on a deadline, having time for anything is a challenge, especially cooking a decent meal.  Here is my recipe for Vegetable Beef Stew.   This recipe can also be doubled to make extra stew for freezing, which is great for those nights when all you have time to do is re-heat something....
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Feb.02.2009
Saturday, I got my 1099 in the mail from my agent, telling me how much "book money" I earned for 2008. Last night, I sat down and did my taxes. Or to be more accurate, I filled out the worksheet my accountant sends me every year, and organized all of my receipts...
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Jan.26.2009
While writing a book I constantly ask myself the question: "How much worse can I make it for Raine (my MC)?" I've found that if I don't need a yardstick to measure the crap, then Raine isn't in it deep enough. And since I have an ensemble cast: Mychael, Tam, Piaras, and Phaelan -- I try...
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Jan.22.2009
In homage to Jeff Foxworthy, I've come up with a writer's version of his classic "You might be a redneck if. . ." (All the ones I've written apply to me. Scary, huh?) And for fun, add your own quirks to the list. Respond to the blog with your own "you might...
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Jan.19.2009
In writing Bewitched & Betrayed, I've been trying to figure out how to introduce a new villain.   Everything I was coming up with for his intro and subplot was lame and wouldn't support the main plot the way I needed it to. I knew it was wrong; I knew it wouldn't work...
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Jan.16.2009
If you're like me, it can take years to get published, decades even.  During that time, it's important to write what you love, or in my case, what I wanted to read but couldn't find. If you write a Young Adult vampire novel because they're blazing hot sellers right now, but you don't really like YA...
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Jan.15.2009
Today's post isn't meant to discourage anyone; I'm just stating the cold, hard truth about writing that anyone who's ever sat down to put pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard already knows. Writing is hard work, it's lonely work, and a lot of the time it's unappreciated and misunderstood work....
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Jan.13.2009
This is too funny not to share. A couple of days ago, my husband Derek signed up with Facebook. Last night, I'm writing downstairs at the kitchen bar, he's upstairs in his office. I get the following from Facebook: Derek added you as a friend on Facebook. We need to confirm that you know Derek in...
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Jan.12.2009
Procrastination. The fine art. The sweet science. The bane of a writer's deadline.I don't remember how I procrastinated before the Internet came along, but I'm sure I found something to lure me away from the humongous manual typewriter I wrote my two "practice novels" on....
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Jan.09.2009
I read an article in a writer magazine a few weeks ago where Nora Roberts was quoted as saying: "You can't fix a blank page." Amen, sister. For me, my ideal writing goal is five pages a day. With chapters of approximately 15 pages, that's three days per chapter,...
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Jan.07.2009
Writers are known for being a little obsessive -- okay, maybe a lot obsessive.  How else could a otherwise sane human being sit for hours a day, every day, for weeks/months/years, just to tell a story that's in their heads? There's plenty of things that writers obsess...
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Jan.06.2009
I read the following on the website of Diana Pharaoh Francis (fabulous fantasy author), and thought it was so vitally important, that I asked if I could post it here. A lot of people think that just because you get published that you'll be popular enough to keep your books...
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Jan.05.2009
I've received a blog topic request: Writing discipline. This is probably the biggest problem for aspiring authors (and published ones, too). I no longer have a problem with putting my butt in my chair in front of my laptop and writing until the work gets done. But I used...
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Dec.15.2008
Ana and Thea -- the wonderfully creative and book-crazed reviewers over at The Book Smugglers have come up with a whole month's worth of fun to celebrate books, the people who write them, and the people who love them. With a twist on their name, and a bow to one of my favorite Seinfeld episodes,...
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Dec.11.2008
I finished Chapter 11 of Bewitched & Betrayed last night, and I've realized it's time to do what I've done on my past two books -- write a short synopsis of each chapter to remind me what I've written up to this point so I don't get off track. I open a new Word document, go through each chapter...
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